Providing adequate and appropriate food and shelter are essential to good colony care. By using best practices, not only will you provide the cats with good year-round nutrition and protection from weather, you also will minimize some common complaints from neighbors against community cats, such as litter, garbage raiding, and trespassing.
Providing a feeding station and establishing a specific area for feeding have many advantages. Feeding stations protect the food from the elements and they provide the cats with shelter while eating. An established feeding area also helps with Trap-Neuter-Return efforts by making it easy to know where to trap.
Providing a shelter for cats means they will not have to go looking in neighbors’ crawl spaces or porches for a warm, dry place to rest. It can keep them safe from the elements and help you control their location and deter them from seeking shelter where they are not wanted.
Community cats may be vulnerable in emergency situations such as extreme weather and natural disasters. By having a plan in place for sudden emergencies as well as predictable dangers such as frigid winter weather, you will help ensure the safety of your cat colony.