Winterizing Your Cat
Winter can be a very deadly time of year for any cat that ends up outdoors, whether by accident or because they are forced to live there.
Sadly, there are people who believe cats belong strictly outdoors and survival is up to them. Farm cats that have caring owners usually have a barn or out-building they can live in for protection from the elements. And such owners also know that "a fed cat is a better mouser." (Refusing to feed one's cats in the misguided belief that they won't kill mice anymore results only in losing the cat. They either run away, seeking food, or they die because there isn't any and they have become too weak to leave.)
Much of this discussion will apply primarily to outdoor cats, as our indoor buddies can simply watch winter go by at the window. The following information, then, applies to our outdoor cats, whether they are farm cats, neighborhood strays you care about, or if you are managing a feral colony.
Winterizing for your cats includes these considerations:
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