How we keep Winston, our feral cat, warm in the winter. Post may contain affiliate links.
Keeping Feral Cats Warm in the Winter
I have mentioned our feral cat, Winston, many times. We worry about him in the winter and have finally come up with a solution that works for us and for Winston. I should first say that we live in the sort of Southeast, so our winters are usually not as frigid as those of you in the north. We may get down into the teens and single digits occasionally, but usually within a couple of days we are back up into the 40's and the 50's. We also have a screened in back porch that is on a second level. It has a cat door inserted in the screen door. So we have the benefit of the porch and an electrical outlet.
Working from the outside in, we purchased a Petmate Small Barn House. It is a nice big size for a cat and allows us to fill the inside how we wish. In the summer we take out everything but a layer of cedar shavings and a towel. He doesn't use it much in the summer, but sometimes if it's storming or very windy, he will get in it.
Next inside we have a big towel that we lay over a soft igloo house that we got at HomeGoods that is similar to this one soft plush igloo cat house, Then the item that pulls it all together is this K&H Heating Pad. What we love about this heating pad is that it is triggered by the cats weight, so it is not constantly running.
The best part is that Winston loves it. With our cold mornings, he has taken to sleeping in and doesn't come out till almost 8:30 to get breakfast. On cold days, I will find him the house several times through the day. In this photo he is close to the front because I think he was waiting for me to bring out his food. He can actually curl up further back, which he does when it's really cold.
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