Baby, It’s Cold Out­side

4 SIM­PLE WAYS TO HELP OUT­DOOR COM­MU­NITY CATS DUR­ING THE WIN­TER

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When tem­per­a­tures be­gin to drop, many of us find our­selves wor­ried about the out­door cats in our neigh­bour­hoods. Are they okay out there in the cold?

Cats are re­silient, but they can al­ways use a hand stay­ing warm and healthy dur­ing cold weather, says Becky Robin­son, pres­i­dent and founder of Al­ley Cat Al­lies, an or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to pro­tect­ing and im­prov­ing cats’ lives. “Cats live and thrive out­doors in all kinds of cli­mates,” she notes. “But a lit­tle ex­tra help dur­ing the win­ter months can go a long way for pro­tect­ing com­mu­nity cats.” Al­ley Cat Al­lies rec­om­mends four sim­ple ways peo­ple can make life out­doors even more com­fort­able for com­mu­nity cats dur­ing the win­ter…

Spay and Neuter —Im­prove Cats’ Health

Spay­ing and neu­ter­ing im­proves cats’ over­all health, and health­ier cats are bet­ter equipped for the cold el­e­ments once win­ter ar­rives.

How­ever, if you’re con­duct­ing Trap-Neuter-Re­turn (TNR), the only hu­mane and ef­fec­tive ap­proach to sta­bi­lize com­mu­nity cat pop­u­la­tions, in the win­ter, fol­low these safety tips: • Check the TNR traps fre­quently and pro­vide a warm hold­ing area pre-and-post surgery. If it’s too cold for you then it’s prob­a­bly too cold for cats to be in traps ex­posed to the el­e­ments for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time. Keep traps cov­ered and se­cured in a tem­per­a­ture-con­trolled ve­hi­cle or build­ing. • Ask your ve­teri­nar­ian to shave only a small area for the spay or neuter surgery. This will help the cats stay warm by main­tain­ing max­i­mum fur cov­er­age.

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