Ready, Set, Blizzard
There is a great misconception that feral cats are able to survive cold temperatures and do not need intervention. Cats, like people feel the cold and can get frostbite or even perish in extreme climate. In order to keep the feral cats safe, Barrington TNR volunteers went out shovel snow and fortify the colony during the blizzard weekend.
Housing and path ways were shoveled out for the cats on Saturday, so that the snow didn't build up worse come Sunday. On Sunday, we shoveled again and laid down straw to help keep the cold away from the feeding areas and help insulate their housing. It was a lot of work and very cold but worth it! We also had to keep checking all week long to make sure all cats were accounted for. It was very stressful, as three cats stayed in hiding at Gabriel's Haven for over a week! Ahem....Marla, Barry, & Humphrey!
Here are some tips on how to help your local feral cats survive the winter:
- Make insulated housing with straw (see instructions!)
- Shovel their area and place straw on ground
- Provide plenty of canned food which is easier to digest and helps them stay warmer (microwave before hand so it takes longer to freeze) and dry food to graze on
- Add a little sugar to their water to slow down freezing
- Use hand warmers in housing to provide extra warmth
Remember: Trap and neuter once it is warm again!
Thank you to all our volunteers who helped!
Making the extra effort to provide feral cats with a better quality of life is reflected in their well being. This is Little Gangster waiting for his food! A good diet helps them face these grave conditions better.
We are a non-profit volunteer group dedicated to reducing feral cat population and increasing their quality of life.
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