25 Jul. 2010|
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I shelter a dwindling feral cat colony and this is the most successful shelter I have made.
My feral colony is dwindling because I have actively trapped-neuter-released the cats and they are not having any babies, so the numbers are gradually going down.
Spot lived on my garage for 3 years first in a rough hut, then in a more luxurious cat house. Wood strips on the bottom of the cat house keep the shelter off the ground to stop the damp and prevent rotting.
I used a table saw to cut the pieces but when I built my first cat shelters I used a handsaw and a jig saw to cut the pieces.
The plexiglass windows are held in place by little frames glued on and nailed with finishing nails.
After putting on the wood on the bottom, I sanded the cat shelter and painted it using once again leftover paint.
I found out that catnip has some insect repellant qualities so I occasionally put some catnip in the box to help keep fleas away. I think if I had a larger population I would plan for 3 or 4 per house and increase the size of the opening to ventilate better and prevent condensation. The opening of the entrance is set up so that when the cat is inside in the sphinx position his head is level with the opening. Because it slopes towards the front hopefully rain will not be brought in.There are 3 coats of paint on the cat shelter.
On earlier cat shelters I hinged the top to make it easier to clean and did not glue the top insulation or roof on but I found that its just as easy to access through the cat door and stopped hinging the top and glue everything well.More overhang would have been better but my plywood pieces were not wide enough.
I had a small amount left over from caulking around the outside windows of my house.The bottom gets a couple of pieces of wood to keep the feral cat shelter off the ground so it does not get damp and rot. I have had a few strays or outside cats join but was able to socialize them and get them adopted.
It works well on foam.The entrance hole should be large enough to allow the cat easy passage and because it is the only ventilation it needs to be larger than just the size of the cat. Go measure your cat, then add enough for the thickness of the insulation and the thickness of the wood. The cats like to scratch it but it wears better than the white foam made from little balls.