The SPCA says: DIY winter shelter is one way to help feral cats in your community

The SPCA says: DIY winter shelter is one way to help feral cats in your community

That old cat you might hear or see running around might need help, the wrong hand, this winter.

With temperatures set to drop over the next few days, the BC SPCA She released timely information this week on how to help Stray cats keep warm.

“There are many feral cats in British Columbia communities that were born and raised in the wild and were not socialized to live indoors,” the SPCA said.

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“Whenever possible, we look to capture, spay/neuter, and bring home community cats, and we recommend that pet cats be kept indoors for their health and safety.

“However, feral and community cats feel at home outside and will not do well in a shelter or home environment. They need specialized support, as they face many dangers outdoors.”

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One such risk is finding a warm place to shelter, as the SPCA notes that a cat’s ears and toes can easily be affected by frostbite.

Build a shelter From a large storage container, a styrofoam cooler or sheets and straws is one way to help them out.

one site, Neighborhoodcats.orgDIY winter shelters have three important aspects in common: They insulate well, have minimal air intake and are waterproof, she says.

“It should be well insulated to trap cats’ body heat, have a minimal amount of air so there isn’t a lot of empty room to heat in, and be waterproof so the inside stays dry,” the website said.

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How to build a winter shelter for community cats.

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When it comes to food, the SPCA says to use dry kibble placed in ceramic or plastic dishes. As for the water, check it twice a day to make sure it stays clear of ice.

“Dishes should be placed near, not in, shelters in case they are spilled,” the SPCA said. “Wet bedding makes it cooler for cats.”

Also, motorists should tap on the hood of the car and check between the tires to make sure the cat isn’t hiding there or using it as a warm haven.


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There is also a neuter trap, which the SPCA says can improve the health and well-being of each cat within a colony.

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The SPCA says if you decide to go this route, contact them for advice.

“Tens of thousands of outdoor cats and kittens live in British Columbia, suffering disease, injuries, hunger, frostbite and predator attacks,” the SPCA said.

“Using the trap-neuter-return method is one way the BC SPCA is working to help address the cat overpopulation crisis.”


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