Winter Weather and Cats
Winter Care and Safety
Even though feral cats are at home outside, they can always use some extra help in cold or severe weather. Find out what you can do to help them stay safe, warm and healthy during the winter months.
Car Safety: Before starting your car, give the hood a tap and check between the tires — cats will sometimes crawl into the engine or hide underneath the car for warmth. This is also the time of year for antifreeze, which often tastes irresistible to cats and other animals, but is toxic and deadly. Keep it out of reach and clean up any spills!
Shelter: In the winter, shelter helps keep community cats comfortable. [see Petfinder staffer Sara’s great homemade feral-cat shelters here]. Dog houses can also do the trick with a few modifications.
How to care for feral cats during the winter
Help needy outdoor cats by providing food, water and shelter.
When cold weather hits, feral cats suffer—and unfortunately there are just too many feral cats for all of them to find safe, warm forever homes. Spaying, neutering, and cat adoption are critical to solving the problem long term, but many cat lovers take the extra step of buying or building outdoor winter shelters for the feral cats in their neighborhood. Check out these winter shelters for feral cats, and get inspired to make a homeless cat’s life more comfortable and safe this winter.
Cold weather can bring with it a number of dangers for our cats. How cold is too cold for cats? Don’t believe the myths! Even in mild winters, we still have to take precautions to help our kitties thrive during the winter months. Do you know what cold weather conditions could affect your cat?
Title Photo Credit: Darrel Birkett via Flickr
MYTH #1: A LONGHAIRED COAT IS ENOUGH
The Myth: A cat’s coat is enough to keep them warm through any kind of cold weather. They live just fine in the wild, right?
The Truth: While it is true that some cats’ coats are more adapted to cold weather than others (see the Norwegian Forest Cat, Maine Coon and Siberian), cats are just as susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite as humans are. Sadly, animal rescues here in Michigan are called on to rescue cats that are found frozen to the ground regularly throughout the winter.
Feral Cat Shelter Options Gallery
Providing shelter is a great way to keep cats safe from the elements and can help you monitor their ongoing well-being. There are several options available for feral cat shelters. Below are just some of those options.
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|K&H Outdoor Heated Kitty House
Purchase the shelter. Advantages: waterproof vinyl backing, easy to assemble, 2 exits, thermostat-controlled, heated floor pad, comfyPossible Drawbacks: Cost, not as sturdy as more permenant shelters, may not provide adequate protection from predators because of the materials used and large door openings. Special thanks to Drs. Fosters and Smith.
|Catio Furniture™ Feral Cat House
Purchase the shelter. Advantages: Weatherproof, drain holes. Possible Drawbacks: Cost, may not accommodate more than one cat.
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