How to make an insulated cat shelter for outside cats?

I have seen cat shelters made with totes and they have styrofoam coolers inside...my question...can spray insulation be used between the tote and cooler or will styrofoam disintegrate...some suggest straw as insulation...any more ideas for insulating...we go down to minus 40 Celsius here in Alberta! Need ideas

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  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Aug 07, 2018

    You could take a tot and a smaller one and put towels between and news papers that will work fine

  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Aug 08, 2018

    think the spray foam insulation would be great - but at least 3" or more; I'd use TWO totes -- one smaller than the other and spray the insulation between the two totes


    - styrofoam coolers will deteriorate and are not as 'cleanable', cats may dig with their feet, etc.


    I'd use a good quality feed hay - not straw -- on the inside, and make the unit small enough so that the cat can heat it with it's own body heat; You can change out the hay as necessary but it won't absorb moisture from the atmosphere or a cat's wet body from the rain like wheat straw does. Towels/rugs get nasty, harbor fleas, etc. Make the entry hole to the unit on one side of the lid ... not right in the middle -- that way wind will not have a straight shot into the box, and the cat can have more 'room' to the side ...


    Be sure to place these shelters on a rack/stand up off the ground; from a couple of feet to several feet -- cats like being 'up high' with a good visual vantage point of their surroundings.

  • Dar Dar on Aug 08, 2018

    Check out these on pintrest

    https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?rs=ac&len=2&q=cat%20shelter%20outdoor&eq=cat%20shelter&etslf=9448&term_meta[]=cat%7Cautocomplete%7Cundefined&term_meta[]=shelter%7Cautocomplete%7Cundefined&term_meta[]=outdoor%7Cautocomplete%7Cundefined