With a nasty winter storm forecast for this week (if you believe the overly dramatic weather network), our thoughts turned to the tree cats. They eat at a tree in the midst of dumpsters. As soon as it snows, their feeding station will be covered, so we started putting food under an abandoned pontoon boat with the hope that they will transition to this new location. At least it will provide some shelter from the elements. My plan is to put a shelter and feeding station under there as well.
I found their water dishes frozen over so I have ordered solar powered water dishes. Getting enough nutrition to the cats will be a challenge in the winter, now that the temperature is below freezing, canned food left out will freeze. Let's hope the cats all show up when we do. Hard food will become the staple. Stay tuned for tales of winter cat feeding adventures.
More stats: November $300 spent on cats (our six at home + the ferals), probably 40 - 50 hours spent caring for cats. Keeps me out of trouble.