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Can cats survive outside in the winter?


Many of us have seen cats outside in the snow and cold, and felt pangs of compassion for them.

It was such a relief for me to know that cats CAN live outside in the winter.

According to Alley Cat Allies:

"Community cats, also called outdoor, stray or feral cats, are well-suited to living outdoors—usually in close proximity to humans—and can survive winter on their own. They are resilient and able to live and thrive in all varieties of locations, weather conditions, and climates."

Some of our local feral cat friends are returning to Pleasant Pasture for the winter, knowing it is a safe refuge, with plenty of hay bales to hide in and food bowls that are continuously restocked. Mr. Pumpkin a big orange cat was spotted yesterday by the barn.

I've noticed how warm the cat's feet are - literally melting the snow beneath them!

To make sure the Cat Colony and seasonal visitors stay safe and warm we have taken the following measures:

  • Increased food portions to make sure they have enough energy

  • Fresh water twice a day

  • Switched to all plastic bowls vs. metal

  • Plugged in the four heated cat houses

YOU can help the Sanctuary cats and seasonal visitors by becoming a monthly sponsor. Your gift of only $25/month will purchase a month's supply of dry food or 2 weeks of canned food for our furry friends. In return you will receive exclusive monthly updates and feline photos.

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