With the winter months creeping up, it is important to not only bundle yourself up, but also bundle up the animals as well. The obvious prevention for frozen stray animals, is keep your pets inside. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to have home-bound animals, and strays do exist. Therefore, it is important to keep the strays warm and fed when you do come across one.
First of all, don’t forget about your animals! If you let your dog out, allow them to do their business, and then let them back in. It’s simple. Unless they are enjoying the outside and love the cold temperatures, leave them do their thing. But if they are like you, and don’t wish to be forgotten about out there, then bring them in. Cats are a bit more complicated. When you have an outdoor cat, it is difficult to get them back in the house right away. They could disappear for hours even days before they find their way back home.
See the Winter Weather Tips below to help care for your animals:
Unfortunately, there are feral and stray cats out there who never had a home to begin with. For those animals, we have to take further precautions. Many cats will take shelter in or around cars, after they have been started, to keep warm. Keep this in mind, and inspect your cars and bang on your hoods before you drive away in the winter. This can save a cat’s life and prevent any damage to your car as well.
Since it is impossible to keep feral and stray cats off the streets, the only thing we can do is feed them and provide them with shelter.
Here is a quick and easy DIY shelter for outdoor cats. A simple container can turn into a warm shelter that saves a cat’s life. Don’t forget to shovel out the shelter when it snows so that the cats do not get stuck inside.
Not only is it important to provide the stray and feral cats with shelter, but it is important that they are also provided with food. Once you feed a stray cat, it is most likely that they will return for more, so it’s important to keep them nourished. When temperatures are below freezing, food and water should be provided multiple times per day. Although dry food will freeze at a slower pace, wet food is a better option for cats who have been exposed to freezing temperatures. The wet food will provide the cats with the protein and nutrients that they need to survive the cold temperatures. In order to prevent water from freezing, give them fresh, hot water twice a day, and you can even add some sugar to it. The sugar will prevent the water from freezing, and it can give the cats a boost of energy.
Please take the necessary precautions, and prevent your animals and cats from becoming frozen!
I have provided links along with a video for more information on how to care for stray cats in the winter and how to build them a shelter. I hope you find these helpful.