Five Winter Care Tips for Community Cats


Winter can be trying for community cats. Check out five ways you can help keep felines comfortable during cold weather.

•    Build a Better Cat House
: Use inexpensive items like foam coolers and plastic storage tubs as cozy shelters for community cats. Follow these easy instructions.
•    Warming Trends: 
Straw is the top choice for insulation and bedding in community cat shelters because it resists moisture. Avoid blankets, which absorb moisture like a sponge.
•    “Wet” Their Appetite: 
Feed cats wet food, which takes less energy to digest. That way they’ll have more energy for keeping warm. Just be sure to serve the wet food in insulated containers so it doesn’t freeze.
•    Clean and Clear
: To prevent cats from getting snowed in, remove snow from all entrances and exits to their shelters regularly.
•    Not Worth Their Salt
: Don’t use salt or chemicals designed to melt snow near cat colonies. They can be toxic when licked off paws or ingested from melting puddles, and the chemicals can hurt a cat’s paw pads.

Thanks to ASPCA Professional for the content!