: Outdoor Cat
Outdoor Cat Shelter
How To Make An Inexpensive Cat Shelter
access to a protected outdoor cat shelter is what saved these
cats lives. When outdoor cats can get into a rain-proof and insulated cat shelter
they have a better survival chance than when you dump off a a pile of cat kibble every day.
I volunteer at a local state park,
Falls of the Ohio
here in southern Indiana. Someone dumped kittens
there and the local staff kept them fed. As time passed,
we knew they would be having kittens if they weren't
Freezing Winter Rains
Soon the freezing winter rains hit hard in Clarksville, IN.
The cats only had trees and bushes to huddle under. Well, they
could get under the visitors cars, but then they were tempted to
climb up into the engine area where it was warm. The rains
didn't let up. These cats were doomed.
Here are just a few hazards
these cats faced:
Frostbite (ear tips, tails, and toes are especially prone)
Hypothermia, which can be fatal (shivering is the first
Injury or death as a result of resting on a warm car engine
Disorientation in winter storms, making it difficult to
find their way home or anywhere
Falls through thin ice on ponds, streams, or the rapidly
Ingestion of antifreeze, a
Broken teeth (trying to eat frozen trash food)
Build a simple, inexpensive outdoor cat shelter
Here's what you'll need to build and inexpensive cat shelter.
2 heavy duty Rubbermaid plastic storage bins (50 gallon
size and a 90 quart size) or,
Styrofoam like a cheap cooler or leftover home insulation,
Old bubble-wrap from a dormant outdoor swimming pool
What you are going to do is place the smaller storage bin into
the larger, insulate the space underneath and around the smaller
bin, cut in an entry door, poke in some drainage holes and pop
on the lid.
It costs less than $30 bucks and you can have it done in about an
Placing the outdoor cat shelter is your next challenge. You
must get it out in their area so that they get used to it and don't
feeding area isn't the best because there may be other intruders
like raccoons, possum and other cats hanging around the feed zone. Try placing it in the
same area that you see the cat sleeping outside.
Mike at The Urban Cat League shows you just
put it all together.
Now if you're wondering what the old bubble-wrap is for, its to
capture the heat from the sun and provide extra insulation. If your cat shelter is placed
where it gets a bit of sun, this wrap is designed to capture and
hold in the heat. Lay it over the top and side of your homemade cat
shelter and it make the shelter even toastier.
Once you get your outdoor cat shelter set up I would love for you
to share a picture with our readers. You can type up some
quick notes or tips and post a picture up on the
Cat Pictures page.