(Scroll down for video) There's no question that winter is tough on feral kitties. Although cats seem to have an unerring instinct for taking care of themselves, winter makes a cat's usual rounds of hunting and/or foraging for food that much more difficult. Just trying to stay warm in freezing outdoor weather can be a challenge all on its own. Fortunately, there's plenty that humans can do to help our furry friends out!.
The Homer's Heroes at Alley Cat Allies have some excellent advice for things you can do to help outdoor cats during the chilly winter months, and it's definitely worth heading over to their website and checking out all the info. Among the suggestions are putting out wet cat food (which takes less energy to digest than dry food) that's been heated up first, and "serving" it (cats do have staff, after all!) in a plastic container or heated bowl, so the food doesn't freeze. And making a warm, snug hidey-hole for an outdoor cat out of an old Styrofoam container is a snap!
The person who shot the video below has the right idea! As you can see, the hungry ginger kitty in this video is desperate for food--and fortunately there's a loving hand there to dispense it! This video warms the cockles of our hearts on a cold winter's day--and it goes to show the power of a single, small act of kindness.