How to make feral cat houses?

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shelter strutures for cats that live outdoors.

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  • Everything Pretty Everything Pretty on Nov 05, 2018

    Here's some great information and how to make a cat house out of a plastic storage bin https://alleycatadvocates.org/communitycat-care-center/creating-winter-shelters/

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 05, 2018

    Good site with several ideas for shelters: https://www.neighborhoodcats.org/how-to-tnr/colony-care/feral-cat-winter-shelter

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Nov 05, 2018

    Also check Craig's list and Neiborhoods, they post free dog houses a lot.

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Nov 05, 2018

    Friend o mine takes old chairs, cuts off the back, shortens the legs, and attached waterproof tarps or shower curtains over the top to create little tents. Could also use the backs to create small A-frames tents too.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Nov 05, 2018

    You could easily make something like a lean to out of plywood with a cat sized door opening. Put an old rug or a cheap one from salvation army or goodwill on the floor. Once they get used to going in and out of it, you could even put a piece of blanket over the opening and staple it on for a little more protection in the cold weather. If you feed the feral cats, put the food in the houses, cats normally don't eliminate where they eat and it may help keep it cleaner and smelling better in the long run. If you have a lot of feral cats, you can make it longer, but maybe with walls for smaller houses within, perhaps even putting shelves in for a second layer of cats. I hope this gives you some ideas of how you want your cat houses, Anne. You are doing a good thing with providing them shelter.

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    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Oct 25, 2020

      Straw is a awfully course, it may work though. Try to get it thick enough so that the cats can make it into the a comfortable nest to their liking and they should take to it. I hope that this will work!

  • Seth Seth on Nov 05, 2018

    Anne,

    Consider involving your local cat shelter if you have one. They probably have a trap-neuter/spay-release program. They may also keep some for adoption. You need to control the population in order for them to stay healthy.

  • Anne Anne on Nov 05, 2018

    Thanks so much for all the great ideas! Six of the 8 I had TNRed. Those last 2 are proving to be a bit more wiley.

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