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Yes, I also have feral cats that I use "self-heated cat cushions". They are sold by Drs. Foster & Smith, or you may be able to find them elsewhere. The pet stores don't seem to carry them. My feral cats bury themselves under them on my front porch love seat. It is too funny! I think they fight over them and in the morning they are on the ground in front of the chair. I also put them in the cat shelters. They can be washed and you don't have to worry about electrical fires. There are also pet heating pads that are electric and made exclusively for outdoor use. The cords are wrapped with coil and are safer to use than a regular heating pad. DO NOT USE human heating pads for the cats/kittens. There is always the chance they will get burned or, cause a fire. Best of luck caring for your cats this winter!
Hi! I have been caring for a feral cat for about 3 years now. One of the things I did for those of you on a limited budget was buy a big plastic storage container with a lid. I cut an opening on the front of it for him to go in and out. I lined the container with egg crate material, sides and the bottom and put a heating pad in the bottom of it with a light layer over the top. I keep the heating pad on low. Or you can buy a pet mate heating pad that always stays on the right temperature and it also stays on 24 hours a day. This way your cat has a roof and insulation. The heating pads work great too. Just don't turn them on to high.
Don’t overuse heating pads even if you are housing two cats within the same enclosure. Ideally, only one heating pad should be installed for every 17-to-20 inches of floor area. Always use a thick piece of cloth to cover the heating pad. This ensures safety against any voltage fluctuations that can cause an electrical shock. It is better to invest in a water-proof electric pad. This ensures safety against electrical shock due to spillage. The pad should cover only half of the enclosure’s floor. This is vital since the cat might need to use the uncovered floor when it needs to vent-out the excess heat.Heated pads for cats are a good choice for your home because they are very safe and require little electrical power to use. These pads will not heat up past a cat's body temperature, meaning that the risk of their catching on fire or overheating is very small. This also means that you can safely leave a cat's heating pad turned on for extended periods of time while you leave the home without having to worry about the safety of the pad, of your cat, or of the house.A cat heating pad is a small, padded device that your pet cat can rest on and which provides warmth. These pads are comfortable for cats of all ages and at all times of year, but most pets will especially enjoy them when it is cold outside. Older cats also tend to spend more time on their heating pads as compared with younger cats. There are a number of reasons why getting a heating pad for your cat may help to make him more comfortable and to ease discomfort that he feels as a result of arthritis, bone and joint issues, and other medical conditions as well.Safely and effectively, visible LED indicator displays temperatures of heating pads accurately, thermostatically controlled to warm your pet's body7 levels to adjust the temperature of pets mat, suitable for senior pets, arthritic pets, new born pets, pregnant pets and ill petsCat heating pads are generally inexpensive and available at most pet supply stores. Be sure to buy a pad that is specifically designed for a cat, as a human heating pad will have different temperature settings and may not be appropriate for your pet.I was reading your post because I wondered if I could use the straw, which I do use now with the new K&H extreme weather heating pads I just bought. I was concerned about fires but it seems you use both straw and the pads. I have ‘doors’ also on my shelters to help keep the drafts and cold out and they are find with them. I am getting cat doors to install to give even better protection. Where did you get that large black plug connecter? I need to plug in 3 things in a 2 thing outdoor outlet. I also bought a heated water bowl since water is already freezing here. Thanks for any info.