Since it has started getting really cold outside, we need to start thinking about the feral animals and their needs.
In this blog post, I would like to share a few things with you that'll help you keep feral kitties warm and safe.
Anything that provides a safe refuge from the cold can be an ideal shelter for a feral cat. All a shelter needs to be is well-insulated and dry.
Following are a few things to keep in mind:
- Bigger is not always better in case of a shelter as something smaller will obviously, do better at trapping the kitty's body heat and insulating it
- Feral kitties like to cuddle up against each other in the winter times to keep each other warm. So, make sure that a shelter is big enough to fit between 3 to 5 cats at a time
- You can increase the level of the shelters so that they don't tough the ground as it can be cold
- Shelters should be placed in safe environments that are away from people, traffic, or any type of commotion
- The doors of the shelter must be large enough that a cat can get in and out easily. However, they shouldn't be so large that dogs, coyotes, or other predators get access to it
- Try to make it a point to use non-absorbent materials to insulate the shelter that will help keep the cats dry and try to replace them if they get wet. Straws one such insulator that can be used as it repels water and also allows kitties to burrow into it
I hope you found these tips useful for your shelter. Please, share your tips in the comments section if you have any!