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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wintery Wednesday

Miss Diamond,House Panther,Domestic Cat,Winter


As the weather turns cooler in the northern hemisphere, we need to remember that for our wild furriends, Winter is no fun.

Feral cats need shelter from the cold weather. Humans can help out by providing them with a some inexpensive housing.

Obtain a Styrofoam beer cooler from a department store (like Walmart or Target). Cut a small hole in the in narrow end of the cooler using a knife. Do not make it too large, but make it big enough for a cat to get through. Put some towels or straw in the cooler for the cat to snuggle in and fasten the lid on. (Duct tape works well for this.) Straw can be found at any feed (farm) stores or many times at gardening centers.

You will probably want to put a rock or other heavy object on the top so that is will not blow away. Put it in an out of the way place around your house, where you've seen the ferals hang out. They will be more than happy to have a snug little den to sleep in!

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Photo courtesy of Carolsferals.com


You can also use a cooler or a plastic tote to make a feeding station for the cats. Make the hole bigger and put holes in each end so that one cat may leave while the other enters. Making food and water available to the ferals in the area is important, as small prey is usually very scarce in the winter, and it becomes harder for the ferals to feed themselves.

15 comments:

Evie/VampyVictor said...

What an absolutely wonderful idea!!!

V-V

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Not to mention, it makes it easier fur me to spot!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: Just kidding...I think!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

What a nice idea. Of course it is not that cold here usually-we'd worry more about wet..

Eduardo said...

Great post! I wish we could help, but our apartment complex would have a fit!
Hugs & Snugs
Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

catsynth said...

It's great that think about our wild animal friends in the winter. It can be a difficult season.

Lacy said...

w00f's Diamond, dats a bute ti ful picksur...no cats here xcept fur neighbors and they keep them in the old buildings, where its warm..

b safe,
~rocky~

The Island Cats said...

That's some good info there!

Mickey said...

That is a super post Diamond!!! Kitties would need that here today!! It was raining,but by supper,it changed to icy snow and high winds!!!!
The cars are sliding on hills and sliding off :o
This is a good night to be an indoor kitty!!!!!! I purr that any feral kitties have a safe warm place.
Purrs Mickey

Misty Whispurrs said...

Mama puts food out every day for the critters whats don'ts gots a home. We feed several kitties, as well as some wild life ... even the fuzzy tailed rats (Squirrels). and of course the chirps (birds). She goes outside and fills her pockets with corn cobs and kibbles and table scraps and puts stuff several places in the yard. then we watches on the picture box. daddy has a picture taking thinggie on the tree aimed at one of the feeding stations. that way we can watch from inside the haus. even the deer come, they eat stuff from the chirp feeder.

i wish mama knew how to do the grapfix thinggies. she says she only knows how to work with fabric. i do not like her quilting haus. it's outside. i liked it better when she was insdie our haus to sew. then i could supervise better.

Misty Whispurrs said...

Mama puts food out every day for the critters whats don'ts gots a home. We feed several kitties, as well as some wild life ... even the fuzzy tailed rats (Squirrels). and of course the chirps (birds). She goes outside and fills her pockets with corn cobs and kibbles and table scraps and puts stuff several places in the yard. then we watches on the picture box. daddy has a picture taking thinggie on the tree aimed at one of the feeding stations. that way we can watch from inside the haus. even the deer come, they eat stuff from the chirp feeder.

i wish mama knew how to do the grapfix thinggies. she says she only knows how to work with fabric. i do not like her quilting haus. it's outside. i liked it better when she was insdie our haus to sew. then i could supervise better.

Misty Whispurrs said...

Mama puts food out every day for the critters whats don'ts gots a home. We feed several kitties, as well as some wild life ... even the fuzzy tailed rats (Squirrels). and of course the chirps (birds). She goes outside and fills her pockets with corn cobs and kibbles and table scraps and puts stuff several places in the yard. then we watches on the picture box. daddy has a picture taking thinggie on the tree aimed at one of the feeding stations. that way we can watch from inside the haus. even the deer come, they eat stuff from the chirp feeder.

i wish mama knew how to do the grapfix thinggies. she says she only knows how to work with fabric. i do not like her quilting haus. it's outside. i liked it better when she was insdie our haus to sew. then i could supervise better.

Cory said...

We have a doggie house that only kitties have used. Any kitty is welcome to use it. It keeps them nice and dry when it rains, which is all the time!

Everycat said...

Great idea for a little feral house there. Cheap too!

Whicky Wuudler

Dana said...

This is a fabulous idea! I sent this post to the rest of my feral cat lovers!!
~The Creek Cats~

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

Diamond I am thankful for your perfect idea about the styro cooler! I will keep a look out for one for Buddy.
Your cozy autumn parlor is inviting as always.
I would like to send your little friend Danielle a mermaid Barbie doll I have...if you think she would like it, let me know and I will send it to you.
Lots of love from Miss Peach