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Caring for Community Cats
Published 3rd December 2015
While the bulk of our business is for companion animals, we have many of our customers who care for Community Cats throughout the year, and as the seasons change, it is a reminder to start thinking about shelter and food as the winter starts to sneak up on us.
Outdoor kitties need shelter to weather the cold, even though their winter coats are thickened. Their are a number of good plans online to build your own, and we offer a number of weatherproof habitats with and without radiant heating pads if you would like a ready-made shelter.
A shelter must trap the cats' body heat to warm its interior. If the shelter is too large, it will be difficult for the cats' body heat to keep the space warm. Straw can also be added to allow the cat to burrow.
Don't use blankets, towels or folded newspaper; they absorb body heat and chill cats who are lying on them. Forego hay, too, which may irritate noses and cause allergic reactions.
What you put food and water in can make a difference. A thick plastic water container that's deep and wide is better-insulated than a thin plastic or ceramic container. Do not put water inside, as it can be spilled easily.
If shelters are well-insulated, you can put bowls of dry or moist food inside them, far from the doorway. Even if the moist food freezes, the cats' body heat will defrost it when they hunker down in their shelter.
If you are going to trap the cats for a spay-neuter, be sure that you are returning the cats to adequate shelter so that they can recover well post-surgery.
Other questions about caring for Community Cats? Come see us at the Woof, we’ll be glad to help.
Still worried? Add fresh meat or fish to raise the taurine levels.
You don't have to go all raw but adding fresh, frozen or freeze-dried meat to your dog's diet will boost the taurine levels and help prevent heart disease. Both whole grain and grain-free foods are fine as long as the first five ingredients contain actual meat and not too many high-glycemic starches.
And don’t forget fish, which is high in taurine and also in methionine and cystine, from which dogs make taurine (unless they have a special problem and for some reason cannot do this).
Microbiome Monday: The canine microbiome is quickly becoming a focus by researchers to identify and manage chronic diseases. This short video is an overview of the basics in understanding the microbiome and its role within our canine companions.
Well into our 13th year of serving our extended Community as a local, independent business here in the District, we have been thinking about many of our customers and the life stages that they go through with friends, families and neighbors. In fact, how we engage and care for our community at large is what builds the fabric of our society, both here at home and across America.
As a small, local business we have watched our customers start new families with their companion animals, watched their children grow, and many of our customers are now moving into retirement, with the issues (even in good health) of starting to address aging in place. While we have multi-generations as customers, I think all of us go through periods where we may need help with our companions no matter the age, and so I thought we might discuss some resources that would be helpful from new parents to our seniors who are passionate about their pets and want to keep them healthy and happy through all of these life transitions.