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Helping Homeless Cats in the Winter

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Helping Homeless Cats in the Winter

Street cats, alley cats, wild cats, feral cats, homeless cats … there are a lot of different names we give to these free ranging felines. Most of the time, they take care of themselves, scavenging and hunting for their meals while also depending on the kindnesses of cat lovers, but things can get a lot chancier when the weather turns frigid.

Before we go on, let’s consider why you might want to help your neighborhood’s feral cats. In any neighborhood that supports a healthy (i.e, neutered and released) feral cat population, rodent populations are kept in check, eliminating the need for harmful chemicals and poisons, and protecting the residents of these neighborhoods from the diseases and damage rodents can cause to life and property. Cats are a practical and “green” solution to this universal problem. In addition, a family and neighborhood commitment to caring for a controlled feral cat population teaches our children that we respect life and appreciate the work these cats do for us.

This is why many animal supporters encourage community participation in maintaining their local feral cat population. If you count yourself amongst these supporters, there are ways you can help your local cats to get through the winter with a minimum of hardship. If you can get your neighbors involved, so much the better.

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8:59AM PST on Feb 21, 2014

I´d take the homeless cat in and call our local shelter or the "Katzenhilfe Radolfzell", that´s a local organization which works with fosters and is financed from donations!

7:45AM PST on Nov 12, 2013

very helpful,thanks

12:34PM PDT on May 15, 2013

They have a house full of straw and heated water bowl.

12:24PM PDT on May 15, 2013

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1:27PM PST on Feb 28, 2013

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6:24AM PST on Feb 26, 2013

TY to all that help!!!

8:37AM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Love helping animals. Thanks for the information.

5:53AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

God bless the Kitty rescuers! My sister does this also. Wonderful!

8:44PM PST on Jan 17, 2013

For my feral cat I bought three snugglesafe microwave heatpads. They are placed in his really safe and comfortable home and they stay warm for up to ten hours. Because of the cold his water dish and food are in one section of his 3 foot plus home. Twice of day I change the heatpads so he's warm and the water doesn't freeze. His home is made of strong cardboard barrels one smaller one inside a larger one. There is insulation board around both and there are blankets and plastic and tarps over everything to keep it dry. It is raised off the ground to protect him from other animals. Had to do this because when I went to feed him one day, there was a possum thinking he was in heaven with the food and the warmth. He was evicted. The cat goes in and out daily. In to eat and sleep. I am going to eventually catch him and I know it will take a long time to build trust. He meows when I approach because he knows I love him but he can't give in just yet. This cat is lonely but has made friends with the ten plus squirrels that are fed daily. He sits and watches them and they come very close because he does not bother them. He also has a second house I made but prefers the larger one. Each home has warm cat beds in them with extra blankets. I'm an animal lover so no animal in my neighborhood goes hungry, not even the possum. No animal should go hungry.

10:24AM PST on Jan 17, 2013

Compassionate & Inspirational, I do this & I Foster for the RSPCA & they donate food & Medication when needed so I can take care of our Precious Moggies, Thanks for sharing this info ~ Namaste!

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