DOGS and cats are seeking out sunny patches of carpet or sidling up to wood fi res and heaters at this time of year.
Arthritic pets are enjoying indoor warmth, wearing warm coats and some are snoozing on heat mats.
Heat pads are making an entrance for very young, very old, fi ne- haired, infi rm or arthritic pets. A web search reveals the latest heated mats for pets use carbon fi bre technology, avoiding the potential for broken heating wires.
Versions such as PetMat heating pads are placed on top of the pet’s existing bed and can be left switched on.
They maintain a barely warm temperature until the pet makes contact, but once they lay down on the mat the area warms up.
Alternatively there are the microwaveable mats which have no wiring at all. These aim to provide up to 12 hours of warmth after being heated in the microwave for a few minutes and then slipped under pets’ bedding.
If your pet has a heat mat of any variety, please do share your fi ndings and recommendations through the email address below.
With the pets warm and cosy, there may even be time to settle back for a spot of reading.
Here are three very different books recommended by readers of the column for your winter reading pleasure.
Citizen Canine by journalist David Grimm explores our evolving relationship with cats and dogs and society’s changing attitudes towards their place in our lives. Sue Halpern’s A Dog Walks into
a Nursing Home is an insightful story about old age, illness and acceptance. It avoids the expected clichés and is both humorous and sad.
In true story The Puppy Express, by David Rosenfelt, chapters alternate between rescue dog stories and Rosenfelt’s own journey across the US with 25 rescue dogs and a group of volunteers in three RVs.
This book will especially appeal to lovers of Golden Retrievers and is a celebration of dogs’ ability to bounce back.