How to Make a Heating Pad for Pets

Here is an easy Do It Yourself project for your pets that can be made with items in every household! If you are looking for a way to keep your dog or cat warm, a rice sock is a quick, easy, and inexpensive solution. Follow these easy steps:

Gather Materials:

  • Uncooked rice (make sure it is not instant rice)
  • Clean, soft socks in adult sizes – crew or tube

Then, make your heating pad:

  1. Fill the sock about halfway with uncooked rice.
  2. Tie the remainder of the sock with a knot.
  3. You’re done – that was so quick, you can make some more!

Your finished product will look like this:


To use, heat the rice sock for 1-2 minutes in the microwave. When using with your pet, make sure that your dog or cat can easily move off or away from the sock.
We use these homemade heating pads to help our dogs and cats keep warm after spay/neuter surgery. You can help us by making & donating them to our shelter. For more in-depth instructions, check out this post.
Rice Socks are just one of the many items you can donate to the Jacksonville Humane Society. For a complete list of items, check out our wish list. Thank you from the animals!