Outdoor Heated Water Bowls for Feral and Stray Cats - Cats In My Yard
Feeding in winter also becomes a challenge. Food and water need to be protects from the elements. A stand with a sloping roof, open on two sides and elevated off the ground, would let several cats eat together. Fresh food and water at a consistent time every day is especially important during the winter. Ferals soon learn the time food arrives and will be waiting, even if they are hiding. Canned food, heated, is especially good but remember that it will freeze quickly if not eaten. Always leave dry food. Cats need extra calories in winter to maintain body heat, so expect to leave extra rations. Warm water brought to the feeding station will keep it drinkable for a while before it freezes. AVOID USING METAL BOWLS. You don't want your cat's tongue to freeze to the bowl. If you are lucky enough to have an electrical outlet near your feeding station, heated bowls are designed to keep water above freezing. If you place water or food bowls inside the heated bowls, you won't have to clean the heated bowls as often. To keep canned food from freezing, disposable hand warmers can be placed under the food or water bowls.
Protect your outdoor cat from the elements during the long winter. K&H premium heated pads, beds, and houses keep cats warm and comfortable while our heated food and water bowls prevent frozen drinking water.
Heated Dog Bowls are excellent for winter. Dogs and cats that spend time outdoors in cold weather need heated pet bowls so thier water doesn’t freeze. Hydration is especially important in cold weather (and of course in very warm weather).Â A heated pet dishÂ works using coils and electicity. PlugÂ the dish inÂ and the coils warm the bottom and sides of the dish which keeps the water at a temperature that prevents freezing.K&H water bowls provide drinking water for indoor and outdoor cats. Heated bowls prevent drinking water from freezing while filtered bowls remove impurities.Don’t put water bowls inside the shelter. Water is easily spilled, and a wet shelter will feel more like a refrigerator than a warm haven. Wet food in insulated containers is most ideal for winter time feeding, as it takes less energy for cats to digest than dry food – and cats can use all that extra energy to keep warm. Preventing liquids from freezing can be a challenge during the winter and can lead to a risk for dehydration. If possible, refill the bowls with warm water. A pinch of sugar in the water also keeps it from freezing as quickly, and provides an added energy boost for the cats. Alternatives include the heated electric bowls found in many pet shops.Keep the overall feeding station clean! This is often where people go wrong and why neighbors complain about people feeding cats. If there is food scattered everywhere, empty paper plates blowing around, empty Friskies cans scattered and dirty water bowls, this is not only going to be unhealthy for the cats, it will attract unnecessary attention to them as well. Trashy feeding stations are also more likely to attract various kinds of wildlife, like opossums, skunks and raccoons, which again are major causes for neighbors to complain. Keep a “clean-up” kit in your car that includes: Paper towels, disposable gloves, an extra jug of fresh water, wet wipes, doggie pick-up bags (you can use to clean up cat feces), an empty trash bag, dish soap, a flashlight and a small broom and dust pan.Whilst there are a number of heated pet water bowls on the market, I particularly like the K&H Manufacturing Thermal-Bowl for a number of reasons:K&H offer the heated bowls in a plastic and stainless steel version. Not everyone likes plastic and some cats can also be allergic to plastic and suffer chin acne. Plastic can also be prone to bacteria build up if you don’t fully clean the bowl on a regular basis.So having a ceramic or stainless steel version, as well as plastic, offers consumers a range of options they can select from based on their own preferences and pet.Putting food or water outside for cats is a great idea. But you don’t want to end up with frozen food and water wintertime. The Thermo-Kitty Caf from K&H Manufacturing can help. It has two bowls to hold water and food. More importantly, there is a heated base to make sure your food and water stays unfrozen.