Lv 7
CTU asked in PetsCats · 1 decade ago

How do stray cats survive the cold weather in winter....?

I know they find shelter here and there but still, some places get really cold like in Canada. It must be a miserable life for them. Cold all the time and trying to find food? There must be a lot of them who die frozen?


And where do they get their water intake?

10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Feral and stray cats have no difficulty with cold weather and can be seen out hunting on even the coldest of days.

    I live in a small village on the Central Plains of Canada (Saskatchewan) and we had three solid weeks last Winter where the temperature never went above MINUS 30 F degrees. And we did not lose a single cat. Unless the wind was blowing my cat even ventured out on the coldest days and I rescued an immature cat that lived in the engine compartment of my bus for three of those days.

    As long as any cat can find shelter from the wind and curl up they are fine. And water is not an issue - they just eat snow. And because it's cold their water consumption drops considerably anyway. And food is not that hard to get. There is a lot more life under all that snow than there is on top of it and cats have very little difficulty or hesitation in diving in there to get it. Even my cats can catch mice with snow on the ground.

    Uncomfortable for the cats - probably - who actually likes the cold. But watch a group of feral cats going by the door and open that door. I guarantee you that they will go the opposite way unless you are throwing food to them.

    The premise that cats cannot survive the cold is a myth. Cats are a lot more robust than the average owner gives them credit for. When their survival is at stake they can be quite adaptable.

  • Julie
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I feel for those poor stray animals, so many people will just dump them out like they are trash. I think the cats usually will find someplace to burrow into for winter, like a hollow tree or under some kind of structure. They also have a habit of piling up in groups for warmth and guess that helps a little, the snow banks in Canada will provide some shelter for them as well.

    Their water intake must come either from snow, or maybe the moisture from the prey they are able to catch and eat. And unfortunately, I am sure that many perish from hunger and the cold.

  • 1 decade ago

    Their bodies become adjusted to the cold as the seasons come along and their fur gets very thick, like wild animals do.

    They find shelter, anything will do as long as it is dry and out of the wind.

    Cats do not need to drink water, even in the summer, if they are hunting and eating mice, rats, rabbits, etc. They get their liquid from the dead bodies of their kill.

    No different than wild animals but cats have one thing that wild animals do not and that is garbage containers in what ever city they live in. Also, warm doorways, garages with a cracked door, abandoned homes,businessess and out buildings.

    I am sure many do die but not just from freezing, more likely from injuries due to fighting and getting hit by cars.

    Our cats on the farm did not come in at all but we had a nest we built them in the garage and a small cat door for them and we fed them lots to maintain high body fat.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    There is no one single Paleo Diet, as our ancestors from all over the world ate dramatically different diets depending on the climate where they lived, their landscape, accessibility to water bodies, and the latitude that they lived. This is a detailed meal plan for the paleo diet https://tr.im/zFzuy

    In some cases, a Paleo Diet may be 90% plant foods and 10% animal foods, and in other cases, a Paleo Diet may be 90% animal foods and 10% plant foods.

    For example, our ancestors that lived near the equator had year long access to more plant materials such as root vegetables and various fruits, veggies, and nuts.

    On the other hand, our ancestors that lived at higher latitudes further away from the equator only had access to fruits and vegetables seasonally at one specific time period per year, and had larger periods of the year where they ate a higher % of meats, organ meats, fish, and other animal-based foods, or fermented foods that could be stored for winter.

  • How do you think about the answers? You can sign in to vote the answer.
  • 1 decade ago

    I recently saw a TV show where a cat was locked in a shipping container for a month and wound up in France. He survived! Cats are pretty incredible. I recon they can find a warm cosy spot and not do much in the winter.

  • john
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Check out this website:www.alleycat.org.This may give you the answer

    you are requesting.

    In Atlanta there are some rescue groups that feed ferals.One good

    thing about this recession;there are a lot of abandoned buildings for

    the cats to find shelter.

    Source(s): Atlanta Cat Rescue
  • 1 decade ago

    I know some people take strays in during the winter but alot find abandoned houseing/trailers and feed on the vermin poulation

  • I think some of the ones around here will actually jump down into storm drains. They're at least out of the wind that way.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    they might migrate i think... lol its weird to think that cats migrate, and i think alot of them do die.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    its just nature

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.