1. Excellent website that is concise and to the point, giving just the right amount of specific information along with some nice, sensible do’s and don’ts and specific information is what I came here to gather. We help to save strays and orphans and have saved about 45 so far but we are old ourselves (over 80) and survive on Social Security alone so feeding getting vet treatment whenever needed and heating an out door shed for the feral cats and kittens that don’t live indoors like most of our cats (16 do at the moment) uses up most of our SS. Someone has to help these adorable, loving and innocent animals and we love doing it. Thank you for your help.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. It sounds like you and your partner are doing a great thing by rescuing and caring for stray and orphaned cats. Providing a safe and loving home for these animals is a wonderful way to make a difference in their lives. It can be challenging to care for a large number of cats on a limited budget, but there are a few things you can do to help make things a bit easier.

      First, consider reaching out to local animal shelters and rescue organizations for support. Many of these organizations have programs in place to help people who are caring for a large number of animals, and they may be able to provide you with food, supplies, and other resources. Additionally, many shelters and rescue organizations have low-cost or no-cost spay/neuter programs that can help you to control the population of cats in your care.

      Another option is to look for ways to fundraise to help support your efforts. There are many different ways to raise money for animal rescue, such as hosting a bake sale, organizing a yard sale, or setting up a crowdfunding campaign. You could also reach out to local businesses and organizations to see if they would be willing to donate money or supplies to help you care for the cats in your care.

      Finally, consider implementing a system for tracking your expenses and income, so that you can see where your money is going and where you might be able to make cuts or find ways to save. This can help you to make sure that you are using your resources wisely and efficiently, and can help you to identify areas where you might be able to save money.

      Overall, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to do it all on your own. There are many organizations and individuals who are willing to help you and support your efforts to rescue and care for stray and orphaned cats. By reaching out for help and support, you can help to make sure that you are able to continue providing a safe and loving home for these animals.

  2. I have an outdoor cat house for 2 Feral cats – it has an electric Heating Pad (for pets) the outside temperature where I live will plummet in 48 hours to 3 or 4 degrees F – I am trying to determine what heat level to set the heating pad to – Level 3 is 104 degrees, Level 4 is 130 degrees F – I did read that the heating pad temperature should not exceed the cat’s body temperature, does this apply if it’s only 3 – 6 degrees F outside? Thanks

    1. Sure thing! Here’s some advice for keeping your outdoor kitties warm and toasty in their cat house when temperatures drop:

      First and foremost, it’s important to make sure the heating pad temperature doesn’t get too hot for your cats. Their body temperature is around 100-102 degrees Fahrenheit, so it’s best to keep the heating pad at a temperature that is close to this range. If you set it to level 4 (130 degrees Fahrenheit), it could become too hot and potentially cause discomfort or burns. Level 3 (104 degrees Fahrenheit) is a safer bet.

      In addition to the heating pad, you can also add some insulation to the cat house to help retain heat. Straw or blankets can work well for this purpose. It’s also a good idea to make sure the cat house is sheltered from wind and drafts to help keep the temperature more consistent.

      Finally, it’s always a good idea to monitor the temperature inside the cat house to make sure it’s comfortable for your furry friends. If it feels too cold or too hot, you can adjust the heating pad or add more insulation as needed.

      I hope this helps, and that your outdoor kitties stay warm and happy during the cold weather!

  3. Sorry – I mean to say Level 4 gets to 113 degrees, Level 3 is 104 degrees – tonight’s low temperature will be 43 degrees F. I plan to set it to Level 2 (95 degrees)

    Do you think that will be warm enough? There will be 2 cats snuggling in the Cat House!

    Trying not to set it too high.


    1. It’s great that you’re being cautious and trying to find the right balance of warmth for your outdoor cats. Based on the updated information you provided, it sounds like setting the heating pad to level 2 (95 degrees Fahrenheit) should be sufficient to keep your cats warm and comfortable in the cat house during the cold weather.

      Keep in mind that the heating pad should not be the only source of warmth in the cat house. Adding insulation such as straw or blankets can help retain heat, and making sure the cat house is sheltered from drafts and wind can also help to keep the temperature more consistent.

      It’s always a good idea to monitor the temperature inside the cat house to make sure it’s comfortable for your cats. If it feels too cold, you can increase the heating pad setting slightly. Just be sure not to set it too high, as a heating pad that is too hot can cause discomfort or burns.

      I hope this helps, and that your outdoor cats have a warm and cozy winter!

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