Alley Cat Allies Offers Winter Safety Tips for Feral And Stray Cats
Guide for building inexpensive shelters and feeding stations available on web site.
Bethesda, MD (Vocus) October 26, 2009 -- Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for feral and stray cats, this
week launched an online guide offering tips to feral cat caregivers and concerned individuals who want to help
feral and stray cats this winter, including simple instructions for building inexpensive feeding stations and shelters
to keep cats safe from the winter elements. The online guide is available at be www.alleycat.org/WinterWeather.
“We know that millions of people already help to care for the cats in their communities each day,” said Becky
Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies. “While most feral cats are skilled at finding their own food and place to
sleep, providing specially-built shelters and dedicated feeding sites guarantee the cats a warm spot to escape the
harsh winter weather and deter them from places they aren’t wanted.”
Feral cats spend their whole lives outdoors, and can be found all over the country, from the largest cities to the
most rural landscapes. They are not socialized to humans and can’t be adopted into homes. Feral cats live
amongst their own in family groups called “colonies,” and studies show they are just as healthy as pet cats.
To help the feral and stray cats in your community this winter, Alley Cat Allies suggests the following simple
Build an outdoor shelter and a feeding station.
Shelters are easy and inexpensive to build. You can use the plans available at www.alleycat.org/WinterWeather,
or modify a pre-built dog house. Some manufacturers also sell pre-built cat shelters.
The shelter should be elevated off the ground and sited in a quiet, unobtrusive area with a minimal amount of
traffic. A good-sized shelter offers a space just big enough for three to five cats to huddle. The door should be no
more than six to eight inches wide to keep out wildlife and bigger predators. Inst