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Wintertime and cat care

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Some cats just won’t come in, no matter how bad the weather. More than likely, a bad experience or two have caused this severe lack of trust, but Spokane winters can be very cold and you can still help that outdoor cat, even of he/she never steps foot inside by building a nice, little inexpensive shelter for them to call their own.

The items you will need for this project are both simple and inexpensive. You will need one large storage container with a lid, a rotary-type cutting tool, goggles to protect y our eyes, a permanent marker, and soft blankets.

After you have bought a large, deep plastic storage container, preferable the sturdy kind to weather the winter, place the container securely on the ground with the lid side up. Now, draw the outline of a door near the bottom on one of the sides with a permanent marker. This works best on one of the thinner sides—where the handles are situated, rather than the longer sides.

Put your cutting tool together with one of the circular cutters.

Turn the cutting tool on and start carving out the cat-size doorway. Depending on the depth of the plastic, you may have to let the cutter to cut through, lift it out and then cut through the next segment, instead of merely running it along the outline.
Keep those safety goggles on because plastic will take wings and soar.

With the doorway cut out, restore the circular cutter on the rotary tool with one of the small sanding wheels. Use it to smooth out the edges all the way around the doorway.

Now, just make a comfortable bed inside with some soft, clean blankets perhaps some you have not used in a while and find a nice location to place the container. If you can place it under an overhang or on the porch, it would be perfect.

The blankets coupled the cat's own body heat within the plastic container will help keep kitty dry and warm all winter long.

Just be sure to swap out blankets weekly to make sure mold doesn’t build up.

Make certain that your outdoor cat has a constant supply of fresh water and is fed on a regular basis. Feeding him/her more soft food in the winter will help keep his/her body fat up, which will also help him/her stay toasty and warm...

If a severe cold snap should hit, setting the cat up in the garage with a litter pan, water and food will help him/her live through the winter away from the harsh, unsympathetic ice and wind chill.

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