Its December 23rd here in Wisconsin and winter is in full swing. With temperatures going below zero frequently and it frequently looking like a frozen tundra outside, staying warm is no laughing matter. For many stray cats, it is a particularly hard time of year.
Now our cats wont step a paw outside this winter and will spend many a day laying on our heating vents, staying as toasty as possible. However, not all cats are as blessed as out cats. Thankfully there is still steps you can take to help our less fortunate feline friends. Below are three different ways you can help those cats who are left out in the cold this winter.
Check your wheel wells!
Those of you who have cats know that they sometimes make it a habit to squeeze themselves into tight spots. For example, here is our cats Leo stuffing himself into a grocery bag.
But in all seriousness, cats love getting themselves into tight spaces. This includes those cats who live outside in the wild. One of the places that do this that is particularly dangerous is the wheel wells of cars. If you park outside, there is a chance that a stray cat will climb into your wheel well to sleep. Unfortunately, every year cats are killed because they curl up in wheel wells and people unknowingly start their cars. So, if you park outside, make sure you check!
Build a small outdoor shelter for strays
One of the things you can do with a little bit if effort that will make a big difference for outdoor cats is to build them a shelter. Now that can sound like a big undertaking but it doesn’t have to be. You can order a Plastic Storage Bin like the one below from Amazon and but a whole though the side so that a cat would be able to crawl into it. Then throw an old blanket in there and you are done!
It only takes a couple of minutes to do but for an outdoor cat looking for shelter for the night it can make a bid difference. Once built, put it on the side of your house and you are good to go!
Put some food in your shelter
Once you have constructed your easy to build cat fortress, why not put some food in there. Personally, we like to use Blue Wilderness, but I am sure that if you do end up having a guest in the shelter you have built, they will be happy to consume whatever it is you decide to put in there.
Well there you have it. Those are our three easy ways to help cats this winter. With a little bit of effort, you can make a huge difference to some of our feline friends who need it the most. Make sure you share so other people remember to check their wheel wells and are motivated to help cats and kitten everywhere. Thanks for reading and have a happy holiday!