When winter arrives, most people bring their pets inside to keep them safe and warm. But this isn’t an option for homeless cats living their lives in the streets, where they’re forced to brave blizzards and freezing conditions without any shelter to keep them warm.
Fortunately, these winter dangers have inspired animal lovers to begin building their own cat shelters to protect feral cats. In Utah, one resourceful man makes insulated cat shelters from old coolers. In Atlanta, a boy scout troop fashioned “feline abodes” out of plastic storage tubs, then donated them all to a local cat rescue.
Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to build your own cat shelter. All you’ll need is a plastic storage tub, a Styrofoam cooler, a sharp knife, and plenty of straw. Let’s get started!
What You’ll Need
Step 1: Cut a hole
Cut a 5 ½ inch diameter hole into one side of the plastic tub. This will be large enough for feral cats to access the shelter, but too small for bigger animals.
Step 2: Keep It Warm
Insert the Styrofoam cooler and cut matching hole in one side.
Step 3: Make It Cozy
Partially fill the cooler with clean straw, essentially creating a nest to keep the cat(s) warm.
Step 4: Find A Busy Corner
Place the tub in an alley, near a dumpster, or wherever community cats gather. If there’s a large feral colony in your neighborhood, consider using a larger cooler/tub to keep everyone warm.
Step 5: Repeat!
The video below shows how can make your own feral cat shelter. It’s so easy!
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