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Helping Homeless Cats in the Winter

Food and Water Access

The cats will require extra calories and fat during the cold weather months in order to maintain their energy requirements. If you can inspire your neighbors to be involved in the project, even if only through drop off donations of food to the designated “feeder of the cats,” the project will have a much better outcome. A dry kitten formula is an excellent source of extra calories and balanced nutrition. Canned cat foods are also a great source of high calorie nutrition, but because of their higher liquid content they may freeze during the coldest temperatures.

Feeding and water stations should be protected from the cold and placed as near to the sleeping shelter as possible so that the cats do not have to be exposed to harsh conditions when they need to eat or drink.

Feeding the cats at the same time each day will allow them to expect and rely on a schedule. If they do not know whether they will be eating or not, they will venture out into the cold to look for food, defeating the whole purpose for the care project. Having a dedicated “feeder,” or a small group of scheduled “feeders” who take turns, can make the process much smoother. Also important to the cats’ survival is fresh, clean water. Of course, snow is an excellent source for water, but don’t forget to check the water bowl regularly to make sure it hasn’t frozen during the night.

While the cats may not be able to thank you in ways you can understand, you will know that they have repaid your kindness with the absence of rodents, and you will know that it is all worth it.


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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.

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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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