Outdoor Cats Need our Help in the Winter Months

my cat bookeyThose cats you see outside on cold days may be your neighbor’s pets who are kept outside or maybe they are community feral cats, or strays who’ve been abandoned or lost.

Either way these guys need some sort of assistance in the winter months.  Maybe you could provide your local outdoor cats with  shelter, food and water during the cold months.

Protect outdoor cats from hunger and thirst this winter by keeping their food and water from freezing.
If you can do so without compromising the privacy and security of the shelter, place food and water near the shelter so the cats won’t have to travel far.

A way to protect food and water is to place two shelters—doorways facing each other—two feet apart. Then create a canopy between them by securing a wide board from one roof to the other. Then put the food and water under the canopy.

How to keep outdoor cats’ food and water from freezing

What you put food and water in can make a difference. A thick plastic water container that’s deep and wide is better-insulated than a thin plastic or ceramic container. A solar-heated water bowl can prevent or delay water and canned food from freezing.

If shelters are well-insulated, you can put bowls of dry or moist food inside them, far from the doorway. Even if the moist food freezes, the cats’ body heat will defrost it when they hunker down in their shelter.

Don’t put water bowls inside the shelter. Water is easily spilled, and a wet shelter will feel more like a refrigerator than a warm haven.

Here’s an informative article on caring for outdoor cats in the colder weather.

What Homeless Cats Need Most from You, Especially Now
By Dr. Becker

If you have homeless cats in your neighborhood or around your workplace, you’re probably worried about them – especially during the cold
winter months. For those of us who love animals and are concerned with their health and safety, accepting that some cats don’t have, and
don’t want a human family can be a hard pill to swallow. Read More
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Remember to shovel out cat shelters when you’re shoveling your own driveway. Cats in shelters can get snowed in, so keep entrances clear and shovel an exit for cats who may be taking refuge under bushes, porches, or other hiding spots