Baby, It’s Cold Outside
4 SIMPLE WAYS TO HELP OUTDOOR COMMUNITY CATS DURING THE WINTER
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.