Help for Cats


How do I make an outdoor litter box for my feral cat colony?

Providing an outdoor litterbox for your feral cat colony can help in curbing nuisance behaviors like, marking and defecating in gardens, in landscaping, on walls, etc. 

Completely litter training feral cats is hard but by providing a safe area for them to go you are more likely to 


Making a winter enclosure is easy and only requires a storage container, insulation, duct tape, and box cutters

They provide a great place to keep warm and are very cheap to make. Use straw instead of blankets inside. That way if the inside gets wet it will dry out and not get moldy

For downloadable instructions on how to make your own click here

Provide a winter enclosure 

Provide extra dry food, but still don't leave food out all day. We recommend in the winter giving each cat 1.5 cups of dry food per day instead of 1 cup. 

Dry food is also easier to give in the winter as it won't freeze. You can still provide wet food but place it in its' on separate bowl or in a heated bowl

Providing extra water is also important because most of the cat's natural water sources will be frozen or not available. 


Provide extra food and water 


Always provide fresh and clean water. Rubber bowls or heated bowls help in winter from stopping the water turning to ice. 

It is important for the cats to have a clean water source. It helps prevent giardia and other intestinal parasites and keeps the cats healthy. 


Provide water in a heated or rubber bowl

The best way to feed feral cats in the winter is to make a feeding station. They are super easy to make and all the materials can be bought at most stores. 

You need a 20 gallon storage container, a large rock or brick, and a box cutter.


First turn the storage container upside down. Choose a side to cut your door in. Trace a door that is 6 inches by 6 inches. Place the door close to one of the edges. 

Once that is done take your box cutters and cut the door out. To make it easier you can use a drill and put holes in each corner then start your cuts at these holes.


Place your food bowls in the container in the furthest corner from the door. This makes it harder for predators to grab food from the bowls if they are not able to get into the door. 

Place your rock or brick on top of the container to keep it from being blown away or easily moved.

Make a feeding station


Removing snow from where the cats eat, hang out, and sleep can also help provide areas for them to keep warm. 

Remove snow from areas where the cats are

Metro Denver CAT is a project of the Denver Animal Foundation, and contributions to DAF for the benefit of Metro Denver CAT are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Metro Denver CAT es un proyecto de Denver Animal Foundation, y contribuciones a DAF al beneficio de Metro Denver CAT son deducibles de impuestos en la medida permitida por la ley.

EIN: 84-1369482

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