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Instructions for building a weather-proof, snug and inexpensive feral cat shelter

By jim Published: May 21, 2009

Northern winters are particularly harsh on feral cats and kittens who have not experienced this often bitterly cold season. The feral and homeless cats that do not find suitable shelter face many dangers -- chief among them frostbitten ears and feet.

Adding to our post on managing feral cat colonies and Trap-Neuter-Return programs, here is a simple shelter you can build with the following materials:


  • 2 storage boxes

  • Insulation
  • Tubing
  • Utility knife

  • Cutting surface

  • Straw
  • Marker

Learn how to build the above shelter at SprayandStay.org

Another low-cost cat shelter you can build

A nearly cost-free shelter consisting of a Styrofoam packing case, some contact paper and duct tape, some glue or silicone sealant and hay or straw might help save the life of an otherwise homeless cat.

When completed, the "shelter" should be placed in a spot that is sheltered from wind, snow and rain and in a place where the cat will feel safe. A rock, board or other weighty object should be placed on top. If the area is sheltered sufficiently, an old blanket covering the shelter top and sides is even better.

Learn how to build this shelter here.

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