This looks a very good set up
Is there anything we can do to care for feral cats in cold temperatures? Of course, not everyone wants to help, but a lot of people care for feral cats on an ad hoc basis; the unsung heroes of the feral cat world (Feral Cat Rescue Awards). Quite a few of them visit this site. What do these people do? Well it depends on the numbers and how tolerant we are and our cats are.
I have also found that feral cat colonies get along reasonable well as it aids survival (so much for the solitary creature image). I remember a walking holiday in Italy. We stayed in a hotel in the mountains and it was cold at night. There was a colony of feral cats out side our room! In the cold evening the cats would lie on top of each other like double decker buses to keep warm. One of the cats was completely blind but managed through the extraordinary sense of smell of a cat.
Abe and merle, the patriarchs of the block, on the feral cat house I built for 'em. usually merle and Abe were fighting, but this was a day of truce.
It seems feral cats need two major fundamental things in a cold winter:
Wind and wet are the enemies of the feral cat in cold winters. So, care for feral cats in cold temperatures should protect against these elements.
Our Jan (Jan Plant) has some nice ideas. Jan cares for and manages a “wild bunch” of feral cats. She has done the following:
Jimmy, the photographer (on Flickr) says,
I take pictures of cats because they ask me to….
Well, thanks a lot Jan, these are very nice sensible ideas from a person with first hand experience. Is there anything else?
Not many will want to go as far as buying a cat house such as this and the cats won’t really appreciate it. Or might they?!
Of course in addition to the shelter and food there is the ever important spaying and neutering. We owe this to them, sadly. One day it will be more natural.
Care for feral cats in cold temperatures – photos are published under creative commons licenses fully complied with save the bottom one, which I claim fair use on the ground that is is very small and this site is for charitable purposes.
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