WINTER WEATHER TIPS to help Community Cats (from Alley Cat Allies): click here.
DIY – FEEDING STATIONS
- Click here for photos of numerous different samples of easy to make feeding stations.
- Click here for the google results of DOZENS of different types (from easy to more complex) feeding stations.
- Plastic Bin Feeding Station:
- Using a utility knife cut an opening into the side of a large plastic bin (hint: use a blow dryer to soften the plastic before cutting into it).
- Tape the newly cut opening with duct tape (so the edge is smooth when the cat rubs up against it)
- Put the lid on the bin.
- Flip the bin over.
- Use the piece of plastic you cut out (see where the arrows are pointing) to create an extra ‘awning’ by securing the piece of plastic (in this example it’s with a screw) above the opening you’ve created on the bin.
- Ideally put something heavy (ie a few bricks/big rock) on the top of the bin to prevent it from being moved/blowing away in the wind
DIY – KIBBLE DISPENSER
- Thoroughly clean out a plastic litter container (like the one pictured here). Use a utility knife cut a slit at the bottom (HINT: use a blow dryer to heat up the plastic – it makes the plastic easier to cut!).
- Slide in a plastic take out dish (like the one below) in the cut out area.
- Tape the plastic take out dish to the inside of the litter container.
- Then fill the container with kibble and put the lid back on. Voila! Instant kibble dispenser!
- To keep the food dry, place the dispenser in a plastic box (ie a recycling box), then anchor the box with a couple of bricks or heavy stones (to keep it in place during heavy winds)
DIY – WATER BOWL WARMERS
Here’s a simple design:
Or watch this 5 minute step-by-step video by Animal Equity, which clearly demonstrates how to create your own water bowl heater that is cordless, doesn’t require batteries, and is made using everyday, easily accessible items. It was tested in -16 degree winter weather and it took 4 hours before the water started to freeze. An inexpensive, easy way to save a street cat’s life.
Or go online and find a durable water bowl (like this one ) that’s equipped with it’s own heating device (and the cord is chew-resistent!). We found this 5.5 litre water bowl among the products listed at Princess Auto stores (they are across Canada). A very similar bowl was found on Amazon.ca (a 1 quart bowl from “Farm Innovators”)