How You Can Help Feral Cats This Winter

'Tis the season when it gets really cold outside. And while your pet cat might be warm and toasty on the couch, felines without a permanent home may not be so lucky. The good news is that you can learn a bit more about these animals in need and do your part to keep them safe this winter.

Difference between stray and feral
Stray, feral and pet cats are all domesticated animals. However, feral felines haven't had any interaction with humans, and strays have had only a bit of socialization, according to Alley Cat Allies. This distinction is important, because you should take steps to be safe before you try and touch an animal. You can be an advocate for stray and feral cats by contacting shelters to rescue them whenever you notice one wandering around.

Building shelter
Purchase a plastic storage bin from a home improvement store. Cut a circular hole on one side a few inches above the bottom to prevent flooding. Use a sealant to make sure the lid doesn't come off. Then fill the container with straw. This also is a good way to "trap" a cat while you call a shelter to pick it up.

Feral cat groups
Some organizations, like the Urban Cat Leagues in New York, feeds and takes care of feral cats. When you are in the spirit of giving, donate to groups like this and other local humane shelters.

Help Rescue Animals

Provide food and vital supplies to shelter pets at The Animal Rescue Site for free!