Summer and feral cats
As the warm weather is here for some of you (lucky you are), and approaching for some of us (still waiting in my case being in Montreal...), I just want to take a moment to say this...
1- Kitten season is at our door! If you have a TNR programm in your area, and you can trap a few cats, it is always of great help for them. Many TNR programs will also vaccinate the cats at the same time!
2- Our feral friends also need shelter in the summer months! Having a place in the shade in the summer is just as important for them as having a warm shelter in the winter. It can be as simple as setting up a patio umbrella, a tarp, or a fancier contraption for them. I usually put two patio umbrellas on my back patio for them to take shelter from the sun in the hot summer months, and set up a 4X8 plywood sheet on cinder blocks in the yard (for the shy ones who wont come to my patio)
3- WATER. If you already take care of feral cats by feeding them, don't forget to give them water twice a day! Even if you don't feed the feral cats on a regular basis, (yes, it can get expensive), providing them with a fresh supply of water daily could very well save their lives in the hot summer months, and giving them a watering station is absolutely free! A few ceramic or stainless steel bowls set out for them and voila! Ceramic and stainless steel are the best, as plastic containers can harbour bacteria...They may not consider you as a ''feeding person'', but they sure will consider and appreciate you as a ''watering person''. Many people feed the ferals, but amazingly enough, not everyone who does also provides water... Just don't forget to wash the bowls daily...
Happy feral summer!
Cookie July 1st 1999 female/ RIP July 31st 2008 -cat
Tonali June 3rd 2007 female -cat
Elphin April 21st 2008 male -cat
Stibule(Gino,Airell,Katla,Rasta)June 6th 2009 female- cat
Gino Ferrero April 8th 2010 male -cat
Airell Awenn Awnfenn Ep Berrth April 8th 2010 female- cat
Katla Chilam Balam April 8th 2010 female- cat
Rasta Farian Marley April 9th 2010 male- cat
Chipcat-Filou found June 12th 2011 (Ocicat 6months old) female-cat