Keeping Outdoor Cats Healthy

Outdoor cats, feral or strays, can be very resourceful. They seem to know where to go to get food and how to survive even the harshest weather. However, everyone can use a little help some times. Here are some things she can do to keep them happy and healthy.

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Provide shelter: A place to keep warm and dry will be greatly appreciated by these kitties. Your local cat rescue will be able to provide information on shelters that can be easily made from large plastic containers.

Give Food and Water: These essentials of life can be scarce for the outdoor kitties. Bowls of dry kibble can feed many hungry mouths! Keep water bowls filled (especially in the hot summer months) and check bowls often in the cold winter months as they can quickly freeze rendering them useless.

Spay/Neuter: Many cat rescues will assist with TNR (Trap/Neuter/Release). With these programs, feral cats are trapped and brought to a veterinarian who give them needed vaccinations, spay/neuter, then release them back to their colony.  This will help keep them healthy and prevent overpopulation.

This post is part of the A-Z Blogging Challenge!

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2 thoughts on “Keeping Outdoor Cats Healthy

  1. I was born on a farm so grew up with outdoor cats. They slept in the barn and kept down the rat and mice population. My mother fed them every day but they were still good at their job! My first cat came from the farm. He lived happily indoors (with a cat flap leading to a secure garden) for 18 years. Still miss him every day.
    I have another blog in the A to Z Challenge here: Around My Kitchen Table

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