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catmom5
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« on: October 06, 2012, 04:10:33 AM »

This is a minor issue compared to what others are dealing with, but I wanted to throw it out there for your opinions.

A couple of times I have had a black cat wandering through my backyard very late at night (the cat triggers the motion light). I don't know whether it might be Lucy coming back, Tommy surviving being hit by the car, or someone new. I never get a really good look and a black cat at midnight is hard to see anyway. Just in case this one is in need of winter shelter, I ordered a Cat Tube. (I am not going to put food out overnight because of wildlife that already comes to the bird feeders) My concern is that I have straw bales left from last winter and they seem kind of musty. I will need to create an enclosed and sheltered area for the Cat Tube and wondered if I should have the old bales hauled away and purchase new straw. (The reason I'm even asking is that I have a small car and end up hauling one bale at a time in my back seat which can be a bit of a project since I use between 4 - 6 bales.)

Any ideas? I know many of you have been involved in feral cat care.
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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 05:17:08 AM »

Ouside, old bales shouldn't be an issue, but don't use the hay/straw for warmth on the inside, get a fresh bale for spreading straw inside, if you want to do that.  Hay/Straw does get moldy over time.
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2012, 05:59:58 AM »

You don't need to haul it away even if you replace it. It can be used for winter mulch over plants or a weed prevention on a vegetable garden. You can offer it to neighbors if you don't need it. Like Merrihart said though, not inside !
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