WE LOVE MY CATS!
Hey guys! We are the Davis Family of Gold Hill, NC. We have always lived out in the country aka the home of everything that roams in the wild. The littlest one is missing from the picture but we’ll remedy that soon as she is also a big part of our mission.
If you take a minute or two to look around, there is one kind of animal you will see no matter what part of North Carolina you are in…well…unless its nap time, haha!! They are relatively small, furry, four-legged critters that are pretty good at hiding but want nothing more than to be loved and safe.
The unique thing about these critters is that they are not outside by nature. No, their REAL natural habitat is in the deserts of Africa, can you believe that!! So how do/did they end up in environments that are literally the polar opposite of what they are adapted for?
One word. I suspect you might already know the answer. We all are one but hopefully since you’re on this site, you’re of the caring, responsible type.
What are we talking about?? —- HUMANS. Humans are the reason cats find themselves outdoors. Unfortunately, many people discard their cats outdoors without thinking of the poor animal’s well-being. They might be frustrated it’s tearing up the furniture or just tired of caring for it. It might have even escaped from the house by accident.
There are many ways cats can get outdoors, but the bottom line is that the root reason they’re there is because of (or started because of) people. Since these cats are not fixed, they breed with each other. According to The Nest, a single female can have, on average 15 kittens in ONE year.
That’s a lot of kittens! Needless to say that NC, among many other states, has serious problems with stray cat populations.
These cats learn to fear from the start. They’re not in their right environment. They’re mistreated, cold, hungry, and living in poor conditions.
Too many people get this part wrong. Cats are good at surviving. Because they are adapted to desert life. In the desert, resources can get scarce so of course cats are good at lasting long without resources.
And THAT’S where we get it wrong. These cats are not healthy or happy. They’re grinding to stay alive because that’s the point of life.
They’re not good at finding food. They’re not good at finding shelter. They’re not good at living in manmade cities. They’re not adapted to live in snow or rain.
They contract diseases and ailments. They get into nasty fights and are open to a host of threats both natural and not natural like dogs, coyotes, weather conditions and climbing on walls, rooves, or buildings that their claws are not adapted to hold on to.
Winter is especially rough for them. For the most, their coats and bodies cannot adapt to the cold and snow because they are designed for warmer weather and desert climates. They can easily come down with hypothermia and die. They are also prone to frostbite on their nose and paws.
It saddens us when we see a dead cat carcass on the side of the road Or when I see a stray cat roaming in a parking lot looking for food because they are starving only because of human selfishness towards innocent animals.
After seeing so many felines suffering, we decided to reach out to them. To help these poor cats feel at home again. Give them places they can trust are safe. We want to make them feel like they are loved again.
These feelings led us to try and create our first cat shelter way back in 2014 for a family of felines in our area. Our first ever one was made of cardboard and insulated with styrofoam but it slowly got destroyed by the elements and other animals.
The stray cats were back out in the bad elements again and definitely not happy. This just would not do so then we looked into a sturdy outdoor cat house made of wood and the difference was night and day.
With the wooden shelter, the cats felt
- Stayed dry ( Cause you know they hate water)
- Cuddled with their kittens
- Protected from predators
Outdoor Cat shelters can be that bridge for you and them if you can not have any more in your house. I know that was the case for me!
Our mission for this site is to help guide you if you are in the same situation when it comes to looking for info and help to find Outdoor cat shelters and other important info regarding your outside feline companions.
Us cat lovers need to stick together and this website is a hub for information on what you can do to help our lonely feline friends feel loved in your area.
We will be sharing info on what cat shelters are the best through reviews and other articles. We will also share designs and DIY info when it comes to building your own Outdoor Cat Shelters.
We will go over how to set up your shelters in your environment. If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment in the Comment Box below.
COMRADE! We are in this together!
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