Friday, October 16, 2015

Help Feral Cats Stay Warm This Winter

Meows from Mudpie!

Today is National Feral Cat Day, and in our neck of the woods, winter is right around the corner. Overnight lows in the next few days are expected to dip into the teens and 20's! This is going to be my first Vermont winter and I'm so thankful to have a warm home and beds and Mommy to cuddle with. But my heart breaks to think about our feral cat friends trying to survive another long, cold winter.

Fortunately, there's something we can all do to help. It's incredibly easy to build a feral cat shelter using only a plastic tote, a styrofoam cooler, straw, and a knife.

Check out this cool video by Cole and Marmalade:


How easy was that??? Once you see that a cat has begun to use the shelter you can also add a plastic or vinyl flap over the opening to protect them even more from the elements.

If you don't know of any feral cat hangouts in your area, ask your local shelter to help you distribute them where they're most needed!

13 comments:

The Swiss Cats said...

We know the video, and we love it : it shows very well how easily and cheaply you can help feral cats. Purrs

Hannah and Lucy said...

What a great way to help cats get through the cold winter when they don't have a forever home.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

The Island Cats said...

We've seen this before. What a great...and easy way...to help the ferals. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Melissa. I made one, last year, and put a heated pad inside.

Random Felines said...

our rescue loves it when people offer to help make shelters!!

Rosa Silva said...

What a great DIY idea! Thanks for sharing!

Rosa @ Cat Lady Confidential

Cathy Keisha said...

After yesterday, I ain’t letting TW anywhere near a knife. Heh heh. UCFCC provides warm igloos for the colonies around here so the cats can winter in style.

Anonymous said...

Pawsum posty Mudpie. And a gweat idea fur a shelter. Weez so fankful fur all who help those poor kitties dat be less furtunate than us.

Luv ya'

Dezi and Lexi

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

Wow, it's getting chilly here too,but not that chilly! Those are awesome outside kitty houses!

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

We just love Cole and Mamalade!

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

Last year Mommy made shelters with her friend. We were glad that kitties were able to stay warm.

Ashley Montgomery said...

What a wonderful idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Thanks for sharing this, I may try to make one to donate.