Having The Right Supplies For Bad Weather

I always have plenty of food on hand in my house for myself  and my cats. I buy up extra bags of cat food and kitty litter. I buy up frozen foods and canned goods and paper supplies. I have a generator ready to go if the heat goes off. I do not want to use propane heaters in the house as they can take all of the oxygen out of the air and you can die from carbon monoxide poisoning. I plug infrared heaters into the generator. The generator can power my well, refrigerator and more.

Always keep necessary medicines on hand as you do not want to run out of medicine in a horrible storm. I have extra heavy quilts and flannel nightgowns for winter emergencies. Keep flashlights on hand with fresh batteries. Have water on hand.  Keep plenty of gas in your vehicles.

What to keep in your car

I keep blankets, flashlight, flares, sand, candle, coffee can, a red handkerchief, food, water, saw, a tarp, gloves, hoodie, matches, shovel and other tools in my vehicles.When running your stranded car in the winter make sure your exhaust pipe does not get covered over by snow or you can die from carbon monoxide poisoning. Put a red handkerchief on the antenna of your vehicle so the snow plow won’t hit it and it can be seen easily.

what to do to stay safe

Before you work outdoors in bad weather have your fully charged cell phone with you. Let someone know when you will be out working and when you plan to return to your house again. Stay hydrated with plenty of water to drink. Take frequent breaks while shoveling and if you have chest pain stop working and call 911 as you have some kind of a medical emergency such as a heart attack or another major health problem.

Make sure your propane tanks have enough propane in them to get you through the winter months. Make sure heat vents and regulators are not covered over by snow. Clean a path to fire hydrants. Keep ice and snow off of your sidewalks for every ones safety.

How to dress for cold weather

Do not leave pets out in dangerous blizzards as they could get frostbite and freeze to death. Treat your pets as you would want to be treated. When I go out in cold weather I dress in layers and wear a hood that covers my face and a another hood over that one. I wear 30 below socks and lined boots and waterproof gloves.  You can get frostbite in ten minutes or less with dangerously low wind chills. Stay at home unless there is an emergency when there is eminent or bad weather. Get supplied for bad weather before it comes and stay safe and sound.

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Getting Your Cats Ready For the Cold Weather Months

Make sure all of your cats shots are up to date. The distemper shot is very important because a lot of young cats die of distemper over the winter. A cat with distemper loses weight quickly and has respiratory problems and diarrhea.

Make sure all of your cats heated beds are working properly. You can place a pillow in the heated bed and see if it feels warm to the touch if so your cats heated bed is working properly. Check and see if there heated water bowl is working on the first cold day of the season. I always keep an extra power strip on hand in case my old one quits working. I always keep two new heated cat beds on hand if one of my old ones quits working. Changes are that the old heated cat bed will quit working in the middle of a blizzard.

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Make sure outdoor cats have a warm place to get out of the cold in the winter. An outdoor cat can get frostbite quickly and lose the tips of their ears. Cats paws can become rough and cracked and bleed from being outdoors on the cold ground and walking in the snow. My outdoor cats have a cat building and a heated bed and water dish and an old chicken nest with straw in it.

I give my outdoor cats extra food in winter to help them maintain their body weight and to help ward off sickness. Make sure your cat has fresh clean water to drink everyday. Check on your cats often in the winter to make sure they are were it is safe and warm.

I hope you and your cats have a cozy and safe and healthy winter. Make sure you and your cats stay indoors when the weather is bad.

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A Tom Cat That I Rescued

A sickly Tom cat came to my house years ago. His ears were frozen off and he was quite ill. I treated his frozen ears with antibiotic ointments. I put drops in his ears for ear mites. He had a horrible cough without diarrhea. I had penicillin on hand and I gave him a penicillin shot in his back thigh. I had asked  my vet what dosage was suitable for a cat before I gave him his shot.

He was beautiful white Tom cat. He did not seem to mind my constant doctoring. Tom started to put weight on gradually. He was very thin when he first arrived on our farm. He stayed in a vacant dog house with straw in it. I kept treating his ears and giving him penicillin shots. Tom started coming out of the dog house now and was eating with my other farm cats.

Tom would let me pick him up and carry him around the farm. Tom had penicillin shots for a week before he was completely better. Toms fur looked wonderful and his ears healed up and he was ear mite free. He was a handsome looking Tom cat now. Tom always slept in the dog house at night. I guess he felt safe in the dog house at night.

I could not find Tom one day. I had treated Tom everyday for about a week and a half. I looked for Tom for sometime but I was never able to find him. One day I went to a friends house and there was Tom. Tom looked happy and contented. I never told my friend that her new cat was Tom the cat I had nursed back to health.

I figured Tom got tired of my doctoring and decided to move on to a house were they did not pester him day after day with shots and other treatments. All I cared about was that Tom was healthy and well.

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Outdoor Cat Building

My Father made a building for my outdoor cats. He made the the building for my cats because he knew how much I loved my cats.

The building is made with 2 by 4’s and outdoor plywood. The cat building is insulated and is set on skids so it does not touch the ground. There is a shelf in the building that my cats can sit on. The one side of the building has an old chicken nest that is filled with fresh straw for my cats to sleep in. I have a shelf by the window in the building that is a good place for my   cats  to take a sun bath while they lay there. I have a heated stainless steel water dish for my cats in the winter months. There is an enclosed heated cat bed for my cats to get cozy in during the cold winter nights. I also have a heated mat with a cover over it.

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The original cat flap wore out over the years. I made a new opening out of a piece of plywood. I took a large coffee can and marked around it on the piece of plywood. I used a jigsaw to cut out the opening  on the piece of plywood.

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Raccoon’s where eating up my cat food. A friend told me how to make the opening raccoon proof. I took several pieces of  duct work for a furnace and fastened them together at different angles. The raccoon’s cannot maneuver the different angles and therefore they cannot get in my cat building anymore to eat up all of my cat food in the middle of the night.

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I put an oil stain on my cat building every year to protect the plywood from the elements. My outdoor cats love the building that my Father so kindly made for them. I hope your cats have a wonderful building for them to keep safe and cozy in.

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