Exposure to winter’s dry, cold air and chilly rain, sleet or snow can cause big problems for your pet! Here a few tips to keep your pets safe in the cold:
Bring them inside! If it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet! If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented and suffer severe medical consequences like hypothermia If you are unable to bring your pet inside, which we do not recommend, please a stable shelter that has walls to block the wind and provide straw bedding and ensure your pet always has access to unfrozen food and water.
Feral/Outdoor Cat Care
Cats are resilient and able to live in all varieties of locations, weather conditions, and climates. However, there still things you can do to help make life outdoors even more comfortable. Follow these winter weather tips to keep outdoor kitties safe and warm. Cats need extra food during winter and fresh water twice a day. Wet food freezes, so put out dry food as well (or feed dry food). Give them Shelter! Some cats find their shelter, but you can also provide additional options. Simple foam cooler bins can be repurposed into easy and inexpensive winter shelters for the community cats in your neighborhood. Is it really as simple as it looks? It really is!
The foam cooler, with about two inches of thickness, is both waterproof and insulated, and a doorway can easily be created with a knife or box cutter.