Thursday, November 17, 2016

#CatThursday - How to build an Outdoor Cat Shelter #cats


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Cole and Marmalade had this excellent video posted yesterday about building an outdoor shelter for stray/feral cats. It really is such an awesome idea and the cold season is quickly approaching.




Additional tips from their YouTube Channel:

*Other tips/options/considerations for this type of shelter...
1. You can use a hairdryer to warm the plastic up before cutting out the holes to make it easier
2. You can use styrofoam or insulation board instead of straw
3. ALWAYS use straw and not hay! - Hay soaks up moisture which makes the shelter cold and can also get moldy
4. You can add a second entrance/exit to the shelter if you're worried about predators in your area, I chose not to since this cuts down on the insulation of the shelter a lot
5. You can add plastic flaps to the entries/exits to help keep drafts out


There's loads more shelter options you can check out here: http://www.alleycat.org/resources/feral-cat-shelter-options-gallery/ --- The most important thing is to purrlease DO SOMETHING if you know of any feral or stray cats in your area that could really use a shelter this winter to keep warm… if I can make one with "help" from Marmalade, I know you can too! 


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6 comments:

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  1. Thanks for sharing Michelle - have an awesome week!

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  2. The shelter is a good idea, even in Sunny California!

    Sorry about the snake, I'll try to remember not to post them. I don't have that many of them.

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  3. I love Cole and Marmalade. Great post to share!

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  4. This is a great idea! I love Cole and Marmalade!

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  5. Whilst we have personally always had indoor cats, we did at one point have a shelter for the three cats who regularly visited our garden until the neighbours complained and we were made to take it down.

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  6. We've never had strays around but this is a great idea.

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