How to help feral cats this winter

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- We have a pretty big feral cat problem here in Mesa County, which means you might have some strays wandering around your property.

CLAWS, a local cat rescue, says there are several ways you can help with the problem, and the cats.

They say first and foremost, it's important to get those cats spayed and neutered. That will help control the cat population.

Even though people tell you not to feed cats because they'll keep coming back, CLAWS says cats will likely be back either way, and making sure they have food will simply keep them from getting sick.

You can also build cats a shelter for the winter. CLAWS says using an old cardboard box and putting insulation, like Styrofoam, on the inside and then filling it with straw or hay makes the perfect home for feral cats. It's best to tape the lid closed and cut holes in the side to allow for easy access for the cats.

"Unfortunately in the Valley, we don't have very good options for our feral cats and there's a lot of them," Valerie Mazrin, shelter director at CLAWS, said. "Unfortunately, it is the fault of people. The cats may be a problem, but we always have to look back at ourselves for causing the problem."

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