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Love this! Poor baby in the pic - I just want to pick him up and snuggle him warm again! He LOOKS miserable!
 

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How much sugar do you add to water to keep it from freezing?
What would be approximate ratio?

I've never heard of this till now!!
Thank you for sharing this!!
Very Informative!
 

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I'd like to add: donate any old duvet covers and scan your closet for any thick cotton or wool that you don't wear anymore. Even a bunch of old socks inside an old pillow cover can make a difference. When possible, feed your yard cats twice a day instead of once. And if at all possible, feed them a better-quality food, less grain and more meat. Unfortunately, due to the few cat-haters in the neighborhood, there's not much more than that I can do. I do make them a huge pot of stew or chicken soup on cold Shabat nights.
 

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I meant duvet, not duvet covers, sorry. Oh and flannel anything is great too.
 

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I found an electric dog dish and have been leaving it on my front steps. Footprints tell me the ferals I have made areas to sleep in are using it. Wish I could do something for the birds too.

On another post here on CF, someone posted that cloth/clothing used as a bedding isn't such a good idea. Seems that a cat loses body heat to the fabric whereas straw lining the bottom of an enclosure doesn't do this. It might be under the feral forum?

Hard to educate the very people who discard kittens when they get too big or the mothers who have a litter and once the novelty wears off they send them packing figuring they will be alright on their 'own'.

My neighbor and I used to do more walking and it is more common in the inner city to see garages and sheds that have holes or missing siding and you know some ferals are getting out of the cold or finding a place to have a litter. In the suburbs I doubt this is the case. Almost a dozen years ago my Kermit got out and I traversed the alleys in a 4 square block area at night and early morning and for the first time noticed how many out door cats there were. Most, abandoned, I think.

It does keep the rat and mice populations in check tho.

If you put out a container of warm water before bedtime, I think some will find it before it freezes and some will regularly show up after dark to drink from it as they will remember where the water hole is. A sunny location would help too as it might melt even in colder weather. A bit of dry food near it will be a treat too.
 

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And if at all possible said:
straysmommie: I'll bet they look forward to those nights of stew and soup, good idea, I've got some Beef stew in the slow cooker right now and I will save some for them, especially some of the liquid.
 

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Thank you :)

Feed them a little cube of butter once a week, it makes their fur impermeable to rain, it adds a bit more fat to insulate from the cold, and it's yummy.

As well said above, cats shouldn't lie on the clothing, as the material steals their warmth. The material has to line the walls or cover the shelter boxes. If no shelter boxes, then you can create deep cushions or little caves by fluffing several clothing items together, so that the cat snuggles between walls of material.

If possible, feed at around 6-9 am and 6-9 pm - cats are crepuscular and going to bed with a full tummy (all day and all night) is best.
 

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If you can't reach a place where hungry cats are sheltering, such as a high window of a warehouse, you can throw in knotted nylon bags full of food - the cats will tear the nylon easily.
 
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