Cats and the ice storms

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-25-2013
Cats and the ice storms
Wed, 02-12-2014 - 11:27am

I have seen so many cats out and about lately. I have to wonder why so many are out on the ice. Normally I never see cats wondering around but here lately I have seen several. Do they like this kind of weather?

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Registered: 07-02-1999
Wed, 02-12-2014 - 11:47am
If they are ferals or strays, they may be looking for food and shelter. Depending on where you live, if they are used to it, they tend to hunker down (which is what the feral girl I care for does). If the colder weather is unusual in your area, they may be struggling to find food/shelter as they aren't used to the cold. If you are able, check with a local TNR group and see if you can get something started for a feral colony in your area. You can also find resources at Alley Cat Allies (
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Registered: 05-09-2010
Thu, 02-13-2014 - 1:38pm

We have seen that a lot where I live too and our local shelter has put up what appears to be a feeding station for them on the other side of town. It is really kind of sad to see so many cats out like that because generally you never see them.

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Registered: 03-24-2000
Mon, 02-17-2014 - 9:54am

My guess would be they are out looking for food and shelter.  They burn a lot more calories when it's cold than when it's warm.  That's so sad that there are so many out in that kind of weather.


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Registered: 09-30-2001
Mon, 02-17-2014 - 4:15pm

Hello Alviejo1o,

I think that Tiggs_Mom and Leslie are correct, the cold is lkely flushing them out in search of food, water, shelter and/or warmth. Tiggs_Mom mentioned Alley Cat Allies and they are a great resource. You can also call them and get help locating local resources that can help you help the cats you are seeing. 

We have stray and feral cats around our area and we are in a very cold part of the country, Montana. I keep some food outside when the temps are below 10f, which in the winter here can be often and far far colder. I also keep a heated matt on the pourch and a heated shelter. Some do come by to eat and use the matt, but no one has ventured into the shelter, ever. still it is there for them if/when they need/want it.

Good luck if you decide to try to help the cats.

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