Keeping outside cats safe during winter
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
- Build an out door shelter and feeding station. Shelters are easy to build According to Feline Rescue Inc, here are some simple instructions on how to build one.
- The shelter should be elevated off the ground and placed in a quiet, unobtrusive area with a minimal amount of traffic. A good-sized shelter offers a space just big enough for three to five cats to huddle. The door should be no more than six to eight inches wide to keep out wildlife and larger predators. Install a flap on the door to keep out snow and wind.Insulate the shelter against moisture as well as cold! Straw resists the wet and keeps a shelter warm, and is the best choice for insulation and bedding. Blankets are not a good idea, as they absorb moisture like a sponge. In addition to a shelter, you can build a simple feeding station with a roof and sides to protect cats from the elements while they eat.
- Keep wet food in an insulted containers to keep it from freezing. Cats can digest wet food better in the winter.
- Provide a covered litter box in or near the shelter.
Little things that you do can go a long way and protect our outdoor friends.
Remember, your pets count.