Maybe you’ve seen cats wandering around your neighborhood in the evening, slipping through gardens and under parked cars, and wondered why they aren’t at home with their guardians. These cats, however, are probably feral, not socialized to humans and unsuited for adoption. Living together in colonies, they spend their whole lives outdoors, but the approaching winter season can present challenges with frigid temperatures and snow.
Alley Cat Allies, leading advocate for stray and feral cats, recently launched an online guide with tips on helping keep feral cats warm in winter, including simple instructions for building inexpensive feeding stations and shelters and information on Trap-Neuter-Return to prevent kittens and overpopulation.
“While most feral cats are skilled at finding their own food and place to sleep,” says Alley Cat Allies president Becky Robinson, “providing specially-built shelters and dedicated feeding sites guarantee the cats a warm spot to escape the harsh winter weather and deter them from places they aren’t wanted.”
If you’re interested in helping feral cats this season, you can find the guide online at AlleyCat.org/WinterWeather. —Sarah Hughes