I know not everyone is a 'cat person' - but- i'd like to think that there are plenty of people out there that want to help the cats we all see living outside in this summer heat.

I used to volunteer for a cat rescue out of Newburgh called SCATS, and they recently posted some important information about ways to help the feral Hudson Valley cat population during these steamy summer months.

According to an article by thecatsite.com, that Newburgh SCATS shared, here's some ways you can help:

  • Water
    • use a shallow dish, as water evaporates quickly
    • add ice, or freeze water in a plastic cup and add to water dish
  • Food
    • use dry over wet food, as canned wet food can spoil quickly or dry up
    • feed in a shaded area, away from direct sunlight
    • if you are going with wet food, add a little water to keep it from drying out
    • avoid unwanted critters around feeding areas by adding vaseline to the base of the dish to keep ants away, or, invest in a ant/bird proof feeder if you are so inclined
  • Shelter/Trapping
    • set up a shaded area or put up a tarp where you find the feral cats hanging out
    • if you are going to attempt to trap a feral cat (first, have a plan, seek assistance from a local shelter), never trap in direct sunlight

Anything we can do to help out, especially during the warm summer months, is especially helpful to the outdoor cat population!