Cool weather and Saturdays mean humans sleeping in late under warm, toasty blankets and comforters.
It means catnip plants comes inside to spend the weekend on the sun porch.
Cooler weather also means that animals living outdoors are looking for warm places to stay.
So what can you do to help those who will spend the winter outdoors?
Leave the leaves, dead flowers, and branches where they are. They provide food and protection to birds and small animals. If you simply MUST rake the yard, leave a brush pile in an out-of-the-way part of the yard to provide shelter.
Check your car for sleeping animals inside. Pound on the hood and check around the tires. The warmth of your car will attract feral cats and small animals. Even if your car is in a garage, there could be mice or other small animals inside.
Watch that antifreeze! Antifreeze is poisonous if ingested. Sadly, many antifreeze products still have an attractive taste to animals. The good news is there are now some antifreeze products that have a bitter taste, so check the label and buy animal-safe products!
Stock up on animal-safe ice melt products. Animals that walk through ice melt will later lick themselves clean, and that’s not good. So buy the safe stuff. Be creative too. When we lived in Tennessee, Jen saw animal-safe ice melt at a pet goods store for more than four times the price the same product was sold at a local discount store. Start shopping around now to get a good deal.
If you care for feral cats, Alley Cat Allies has some great tips for helping you help ferals.
What do YOU do to help animals during the cold weather months?