The 50 pound boxes of dog food freeze solid and must be taken in the porch for two days to thaw. Cold dogs and cats eating ice cold food cannot warm their bodies. Sometimes I boil the meat and bones with a little oatmeal and treat them to a warm meal. It has been minus 12 the past two days and the kittens are cold and crying. Today they had a hot meal of beef heart and oatmeal, boiled until tender. To ensure the cats got the food and not the dogs, I brought them in the porch to eat, another treat, only the little ones want to come all the time where it is warm. I am allergic to cats and rabbits, though I have both. As long as they are outside I tend to tolerate them just fine. It is inside that causes trouble, so the cats are outside cats. Often they snuggle up to Jade or Ofcharka and stay toasty warm. These dogs work at night, though, so they must snuggle with each other in their sideways barrel cat house. They are quite comfortable really and a little spoiled with their hot winter meals. It is good to be on the Fat Ewe Farm.