A Simple Shelter that can save lives

I love Dora!   She is a living proof that sometimes the best bits in life are the ones that we have to work for.     Truth be told, although I have always had a soft spot for cat rescuers, I developed a whole new level of respect for them because of Dora!

I soon discovered it takes real moxie for feral cats and kittens to survive!     In realspeak that meant that trying to trap Dora was clearly going to be the impossible dream.  The short version of this story  is that it took most of the winter to build enough trust so that I could get Dora spayed and vaccinated.

Week in and week out of sitting still in the cold … gradually getting closer to the food and water on the laundry stoop.   Month in and month out of worrying every time I heard an owl or a coyote or saw the Animal Control truck drive down the road 😦

Yet cat rescuers do this again and again.    Year in and year out!   And not just for one little cat!    Just like clean up crew for all those who are too careless or too cheap to get their cats fixed!   Sheesh its no wonder that one of my favourite cat rescuers has plsfixurcat for her email and Facebook url!

But I am wandering afield again … as I am wont to do in my meandering way.   The thing I actually want to talk about today is a very simple way that folks can help cat rescuers who are looking after colonies of outdoor cats.     I kept  seeing a very useful post by a kind woman named Cynthia Young about how to make cheap outdoor winter cat shelters  …. and when I contacted her she was chock full of very useful information on the subject.



“It’s that time of year again, please consider making a shelter or two for a homeless/stray or feral kitty to help them stay warm, dry and able to survive this winter!

If anyone wants to make an outdoor cat shelter, suitable tubs are always on sale at Walmart. It’s made from two rough totes the outside one is a Rubbermaid 29 Gal/109.8 life this winter

Or if you would like to donate the tubs or even money to buy them, please contact Spay Day NS or your local cat rescue who can make the shelters & place them with communities of needy cats.

Helpful Hints:

  • 1″ inch rigid insulation/Styrofoam fits nicely in between the two tubs.
  • te 58 Quart/55 L one for roughly $6. The bottom label tub fits inside the top label tub. For a cost of roughly $16 total to can make an outdoor shelter that can save a homeless cat’s “>Also that people might want to put a the shelters on a few pieces of wood to keep it off the ground and to bungee cord the wood and shelter together, that will keep it from moving during heavier winds and will also keep the lid from flying off.
  • Also around mine as an extra precaution I put a 4×6 tarp around the whole thing with the bungee cord. Have one shelter that is made from that and is going on 7 1/2 strong with no issues and is used semi annually heavy and sporadic the rest of the time
  • One other add on that people can do to help is to take plastic and tape it over the door way to keep rain, snow and wind down. Like this….
  • catflap
  • use “tuck tape” around the doorways to keep the two totes tight together and that way no rain snow or other can get in between them and it helps protect in cause of any rough edges so kitty wont get hurt.
  • please remember that in any outdoor cat shelter of any size to use straw (not hay either)not blankets, as straw resists mildew and mold, also it’s a natural insulator. Plus the cats can dig in and nest in it. Blankets can get wet, mildew and mold when the cats bring in wet from the outside, they don’t hold heat and will get cold and actually freeze in the winter.
  • catfeeder

What time is it?   It is always time to support the hard working cat rescuers who are committed to making all of our communities a better place.

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