Many of us have seen cats outside in the winter 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 are returning to Pleasant Pasture for the winter. 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 help them conserve energy
Fresh water twice a day
Switched to all plastic bowls vs. metal
Plugged in heated cat house
Ordered 2 additional 'double wide' heated cat houses