Winter can be trying for community cats—check out five ways you can help keep felines comfortable during cold weather.
- Build a Better Cat House
Use inexpensive items like foam coolers and plastic storage tubs as cozy shelters for community cats. Follow these easy instructions.
- Warming Trends
Straw is the top choice for insulation and bedding in community cat shelters because it resists moisture. Avoid blankets, which absorb moisture like a sponge.
- "Wet" Their Appetite
Feed cats wet food, which takes less energy to digest. That way they’ll have more energy for keeping warm. Just be sure to serve the wet food in insulated containers so it doesn’t freeze.
- Clean & Clear
To prevent cats from getting snowed in, remove snow from all entrances and exits to their shelters. Shovel regularly to stay ahead of the game.
- Not Worth Their Salt
Don’t use salt or chemicals designed to melt snow near cat colonies. They can be toxic when licked off paws or ingested from melting puddles, and can hurt a cat's paw pads.
For additional tips on caring for community cats in winter, read “Baby, It’s Cold Outside!”