A few years ago, Maria Cassano noticed a stray cat traveling through her dad’s Long Island backyard with a kitten in tow.
She worried that without proper food the cat, whom she dubbed Mama, wouldn’t be strong enough to produce milk for her baby. Her dad was resistant to feeding neighborhood strays, but Cassano convinced him to make an exception.
A neighbor soon adopted Mama’s little kitten, but the Cassanos continued to set out her free meals for the feral cats in their neighborhood. Mama was especially grateful for the food, but the more she came around, the more they feared for her in the cold weather.
So Cassano’s dad decided to build her a cozy cat house of her very own.
“My dad’s pretty handy and although he’s ‘not a fan of having pets in the house,’ he’s a really empathetic guy and he loves to help out,” Cassano told The Dodo. “So when his girlfriend and I started to worry about the cats surviving the cold weather, my dad ordered the elements for a heated cat house, covered it with waterproof materials, built a base for it and put it out in the backyard.”Open Next Page To See More