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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hay or straw?

Which is better for keeping the outdoor cats warm? hay or straw? or it doesn't matter. I will be going to the barn this week so i will be getting more hay or straw for the cats.

Today the cat house was a little wet and messy from yesterday's rain. So i had to take out the bed and bring it inside to dry. So now i put out towls and lots of hay in the cat house for them. So im going to need more hay.. but i was wondering which one holds the heat more?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 11:22 PM
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Re: Hay or straw?

I'm not sure.

The farm cats either sleep in the strawmow or haymow and they seem to love both.

Hay though may have smaller pieces that can bug a cats eye, it also tends to be more dusty than straw.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-18-2010, 11:27 PM
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Re: Hay or straw?

I think our local TNR group recommends straw.

Maybe check out www.alleycat.org if you haven't already?

Thanks for looking out for these guys!

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-19-2010, 12:30 AM
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Re: Hay or straw?

In general, straw stalks are thicker than grass-hay and the stalks are hollow, which means the hollow areas can both insulate and hold more body heat for the critters resting on it.



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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-21-2010, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Hay or straw?

Thank you everyone for your help.

The heated water bowl came on wednesday...its working great!
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