Community Cats Coalition P.O. Box 1761 Berlin, MD 21811
Please remember that we are an all volunteer group. We receive calls every day from the public concerning cats. We will make every effort to respond to your call as soon as we are possibly able. Every call and every cat is of the utmost importance to us. Call 443- 909-8047 or send us an email.
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NEWS & INFORMATION
Winter Weather Tips
From Arizona to Alaska, cats are resilient and able to live in all varieties of locations, weather
conditions, and climates. There are still things you can do to help make life outdoors even more
comfortable. Follow our winter weather tips to keep outdoor kitties safe and warm.
Food and Water
- Cats need extra food during winter and fresh water twice a day. Wet food freezes, so put
out dry food as well (or just feed dry food).
- Warm up canned food and water before serving, or use a heated bowl. Check out some
bowls tested by caregivers.
- Spray insulation foam into the underside of plastic feeding dishes to keep wet food from
- Use bowls that are deep rather than wide and place them in sunny areas to keep water
- Build a feeding station that will shield food, water, and the cats from the elements.
- Put a microwavable heating pad disk, like a Snuggle Safe, under the bowls.
- If there’s a water source like a spigot, run the water slightly—it won’t freeze as fast as
- Some cats find their own shelter, but you can also provide additional options. Check out
our list of outdoor cat house ideas, or build one yourself! Don’t worry, they’re easy to
build, cheap, and fun! Learn what to look for in a good cat house.
- Bigger shelters aren’t always better because heat disperses quickly. Three to five cats per
shelter is OK. If only a few cats use the house, make it smaller so it takes less body heat
to warm up.
- Clear snow away from house entrances and exits so the cats don’t get snowed in.
- Insulate the shelter with straw to repel moisture. Do not use hay—it soaks up moisture
like a sponge, and gets moldy. Learn the difference between straw and hay.
- If the kitties aren’t using the shelter, try to make it more enticing by sprinkling catnip
- Provide more than just one type of shelter. Since certain cats might be more particular
about where they like to stay, more than one option is always a good thing.
- If cats still aren’t using the outdoor shelters, try to find where they are sleeping and then
do what you can there to “upgrade” the spot, such as adding straw.
- Before starting your car, give a firm tap on the hood and check between the
tires—sometimes kitties crawl into the engine or hide under the car for warmth.
- Antifreeze is toxic and deadly. Keep it out of reach and clean up spills! Know the
symptoms of antifreeze poisoning.
- Don’t use salts or chemicals to melt snow. They can hurt cats’ paws and some are toxic.
- If you’re conducting Trap-Neuter- Return (TNR) in the winter, keep trapped cats covered
and secured in a temperature-controlled vehicle or holding area. Use your best judgment
when deciding if it’s too cold to trap.