The basic question is, do I "fluff" or add more straw, after the initial amount has been packed down by the cats laying in the bedding for a while?
I put my shelters out about the middle of November. Now all the straw is packed down and smooshed where the cats have been laying in it. The TNR lady who gave me the shelters told me this would happen...though now I can't remember if she said to do anything about it.
A couple of the cats have been shivering when they come to the feeding station, so I'm wondering if the shelters are warm enough with "flat" straw... or if they're even bothering to use them anymore (granted, the one cat always shivered/trembled/wobbled, but I think she has brain damage).
I know one cat puked in a shelter, and I had cleaned that little bit up and put new straw in. Should I reach in and "fluff" the straw, or just add more in (I have a whole bale, and used maybe just barely 1/4 of it for initial filling).
Should I just be changing the straw to all fresh straw about every month or so anyway??
It's been 20F during the middle of the day for the last week, and not looking to get much warmer any time soon... I want to be sure my kitties have as much warmth as possible! (too bad I don't have electricity to get them warming pads!)