If you have cats in your community that appear to be living on their own outdoors, there are a few things you can do to help:
- Build an outdoor cat shelter (PDF): By building this cat shelter, cats can escape the elements. This simple, low-cost solution that uses plastic totes provides a place for cats to stay warm and avoid frostbite.
- Get the cat spayed or neutered: Community programs are available to help spay or neuter cats to help fight the cat overpopulation problem in B.C.
- Ensure access to food and water: Water sources and wet food can freeze over in winter. When you put out water for them, check it twice daily to make sure it hasn’t frozen over. Choose dry kibble and ceramic or plastic dishes. The dishes should be placed near but not inside shelters in case they get spilled. Damp bedding just makes it colder for cats.
- Tap your car: Keep in mind that in the winter months, outdoor cats, strays and ferals may see your car as a warm refuge. Before starting your vehicle, ‘think and thump‘ – tap/thump the hood and check between the tires to make sure there are no cats hiding underneath or in the engine compartment.