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Q: A comment on a previous blog said in part:

I love cats and kept quite a few of them before I developed an allergy to them.

My question now is, should I adopt the completely outdoor cat my neighbors left behind when they moved recently? I feed him and spend petting time with him on my porch but I can't let him in because of my allergy. He's a really nice cat, attractive and affectionate. Where would he go to get out of cold and/or wet weather? I'm thinking about adding a cat door to my garage, but will he be ok in the meantime? Does anyone know what cats do for shelter when they are fending for themselves?

I felt this question was important enough to lift it out of a blog and write a full article in response. My experience is limited to protecting my little Jenny when she was a visitor one freezing cold winter. However, a number of my readers manage feral cat colonies and are the real experts in protecting them from the hazards of cold and wet winter weather. Those of you who fit that description are encouraged to use the form on the article to share your expertise. It will take perhaps two mouse clicks more, but to further encourage you, I am turning off blog comments here.


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