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hi
There is an American Shorthair cat (I see around the house a lot) underneath my back porch and it is 27 degrees outside. Does it feel the same temperature for cats or does the fur help? I would bring it in my house and care for it, but I can't.

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Ben,

Cats feel the cold just as we do. There are a couple of ways to help stray cats - for one, having a vet scan him/her for a microchip may reveal that s/he has a worried guardian looking for him/her and vets will perform this service free of charge. If there isn't a worried guardian searching for this kitty then perhaps seeing if a vet will offer him/her cage space until s/he is adopted OR setting this kitty up with heated shelter, fresh water and ample food daily would be an option even if s/he can't come inside. Shelters need not be expensive, however there are heated dog and cat houses available. Please remember that a cat needs extra calories to maintain their body temperature during the colder months so it's important to feed this kitty at least once daily and provide fresh water in a heated bowl so that it doesn't freeze. Alleycatallies.org has some great options as far as DIY low cost warm, shelters go for stray and feral cats and this organization may be able to help with spaying/neutering & vaccinating this kitty so that you don't end up with many mouths to feed in the spring. This cat can be maintained as a community cat outside, but if s/he is friendly perhaps Alley Cat Allies could offer tips on how to get him/her placed in a permanent adoptive home.

Hopefully this helps, if you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me again at any time - I'm more than happy to help in any way that I can.

Kind regards,

Ali

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I am the proud guardian of 5 mixed breed cats ranging from 12 weeks to 13 years old and one purebred ragdoll. I have 20+ years experience working with mixed breed cats from a variety of different situations. I have fostered cats/kittens with special needs/behavioral issues. I have rescued/rehabilitated/re-homed a variety of stray/abused cats. I can offer advice on managing feral cat colonies, rehabilitating strays and finding them forever homes. I can help you to determine whether a cat is stray or feral, there IS a significant difference. Improperly introducing a new cat/kitten can result in aggression between newly introduced cats because cats are territorial by nature and they don't like sudden changes in their environment. To learn more about a peaceful way to introduce a new cat into a home with other cats please check out my previous answers on this subject. Proper nutrition for cats can be confusing, I recommend checking out catinfo.org which was created by a veterinarian (Dr. Lisa Pierson) who takes a common sense approach to explaining feline nutrition. Cat behavior and instincts are different from those of humans, I can help you understand your cat's needs so that you can meet them adequately and have a balanced, psychologically and physically sound kitty. Cats vary in personality, energy level and intelligence, different approaches may be required to achieve results in terms of training and interaction with your feline companion. An intelligent, high energy cat must be kept busy or they will make their own fun. I am NOT a licensed veterinarian and I can't offer medical advice. If your cat is ill/injured my advice is always the same: get prompt medical treatment provided by a veterinarian. If finances are an issue I will try to find resources in your area that can help with medical costs or make other choices to ensure the welfare of your cat.

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I have fostered feral and stray cats, rehabilitated and homed cats that many people recommended euthanasia for. I am willing to make an effort to do the research and ask questions because I care enough to find solutions to behavioral problems rather than giving up. I have an interest in the use of alternative therapies to help provide the best possible care for all cats and I can say in all honesty that I've seen some incredible things happen for some incredible cats and their human caregivers when the right alternative therapeutic modality is used by a qualified veterinarian with expertise and experience in the field.

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I've earned my diploma as a veterinary assistant with honors.

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