What is the need to bring animals inside in cold weather?

The weather has been as unpredictable as ever in Idaho over the past two weeks. It has been as low as minus six and as high as the mid-40s, and there have been blizzards, winds and rain. Temperatures have been all over the place, but have mostly stayed above freezing lately. With how cold it was outside, no one wanted to be outside unless they had to, or to escape their family they were stuck inside with. While most of us were warm and toasty with heaters or by the fire, some pets were left outside and had to deal with the conditions. No living being wants to be outside during this stormy and cold weather, but with many residents having large animals or wild animals as pets, where do you draw the line between what’s brought in, and what’s left out? ?

Lady Chloe horses indoors during a winter storm

The above story actually happened in Nebraska when they had a severe winter storm, like the one that hit the Magic Valley this past weekend. The temperature outside was cold and to keep his animals warm and safe he let his horses into his house as you can see above. It’s a situation that many people found themselves in Idaho this past week, and it’s fair to ask where it’s survival of the fittest, and how much you can adjust your animals. Ready to go up?

Keeping Animals Warm During the Idaho Winter

Credit: Michael Elio on Unsplash

Credit: Michael Elio on Unsplash

It’s not a big deal to let a dog in the backyard during a winter storm. It’s easy to let a stray cat stay in the neighborhood. Letting in horses, cows, goats and other animals is a different story. Hopefully they have a safe place to go such as a barn, a pin, a garage or shed, or some other structure that they can use to escape these situations, but if not, where does one draw the line? Like the woman above, not everyone has room in their home to let a horse or cow in, and depending on how many you have, that’s not an option either. Many residents of the Magic Valley love their animals, but is there a place where you pray and hope that the animals stay warm and ride out the storm instead of going into your house?

How will you handle your animals the next time a winter storm hits or temperatures drop into the single digits or below? Some are fine in some situations but others require more care. If you need to find a way to help your larger animals stay warm, do you keep them indoors, or do you let nature take its course? Hopefully you won’t have to find out and the winter will be better, but where is your line when it comes to keeping your animals warm this winter?

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