The East Side Gang
Today I took advantage of the good weather to work on the winter sleeping shelters for my dear ferals. They are getting older and I am more concerned about them than ever. F.J. and Doodle are the youngest at 9 years old while Jag, Spirit and Ollie are at least 11 or more.
|that wee black speck at the end of the sidewalk in|
the centre of this picture is Spirit waiting for me
to arrive with food
The winter sleeping shelters are in good condition and dry inside even after spending a full year outside. I used large Rubbermaid containers which I lined with sheets of pink insulating styrofoam then buried them under bales of straw and leaves last fall. I needed to do a little repair work where a couple of holes developed in the straw and the winter winds could blow right into the shelters
|wind could blow into the shelters so these holes were|
blocked off to help keep the cats warm during the
Doodle is probably my biggest concern this year. For some reason this dear little cat seems to feel the cold more than the others. He has been using the sleeping shelters for about three weeks now while the other 4 kitties find other warm spots to sleep. When I arrive Doodle always comes out of the shelters, which is good. There are four individual Rubbermaid containers under all the straw and leaves with a central hallway and two exits. There is a 5th shelter which is buried under the straw in the foreground of the picture below.
|Doodle coming out of shelter for food|
|Spirit (left) and F.J.|
|Ollie on straw bale, Doodle in foreground|
Tess is the oldest in this colony. She is at least 11, while brothers Jazz and Que turned 10 this past summer.
I did an inspection of the Logan Gang's sleeping shelters and there was very little to fix. These shelters are in an open field but the nice thing for them is that it is fenced with very little activity. Right now Tess and Jazz seem to be using the recycling plant across the street for shelter but I expect they will start using their winter sleeping shelters once the really cold weather arrives. I have no idea if Que is using the third shelter with separate entrance. Tess and Jazz are the best of buddies but Que doesn't get along with either of them.
|Logan Gang's shelter with entrance into|
|Tess and Jazz use this shelter during the|