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‘Come into my parlor….’

No wise bug would want to wander into the spider’s lair, no more than you or I would enter the den of a hibernating bear at this time of year.

This crinkle sack makes a cozy den for this sweet calico cat - but there's only room for one, so it's first come, first served.

There are plenty of choices to make a cozy “den” for your pet, either at your local pet store or online. And they’re made of all manner of materials and sizes so all budgets can find something warm for your pet.


  • Kennel pads that have heat-reflective materials sewn inside them can conserve warmth. These are often machine washable, making them easy to maintain and economical.
  • A bed with a canopy for holding your pet’s own warmth in, or a crunchy snuggle sack that has heat-reflecting material sewn in are easy ways to conserve energy and provide shelter from a draft.
  • Other types of heaters contain pellets or rice in them, or a non-toxic material that, after heating them for less than a minute in the microwave, they can be placed under your pet’s bedding for short-time warmth. You must be careful not to make these too warm so that your pet doesn’t get burnt.
  • Electric heating pads are designed to keep a constant temperature, increasing their heat when your ped sits or lies on the pad. Soft-covered electric heating pads may fit under your pet’s bed or inside the lining, while those with a hard-shell cover may be used outdoors, and usually have a guard covering the electric cord to prevent an animal from chewing through the power cord.
  • Beds also are available with different types of cushioning, including foam rubber, polyester batting, or plastic pellets. Check to make sure such items are washable or include a removeable cover for laundering.
  • Pets such as reptiles may need a constant warmth provided by heat lamps, which you will find at a pet store. While household lamps may work in a pinch they may not be rated for continuous used, so ask for UL-listed lamps  at your local pet supply store.
  • Another option is to allow your pet to sleep on your bed or under the covers with you. This can be a compliment about the closeness you share with your pet.

Or you might regret having started this, once you learn your pet can snore with the best – or worst – of them.



a little off-center, but full of good intentions

One thought on “‘Come into my parlor….’

  1. Very sound advice indeed! As a member of the veterinary field for over 23 years, I can tell you that obesity among pets is a huge problem–pardon the pun. As you mentioned, pets are living longer with the advancements in veterinary medicine, and as such, we are seeing more of the diseases associated with age. Obesity, unfortunately, has always been an issue and further complicates the management of those diseases.
    All pet owners should develop a good working relationship with a veterinarian right from the start. Have your pet see him/her at least once yearly–more often in the “older” years. Preventative medicine is a major key in a pets’ health and longevity.

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