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Keep outside cats warm, safe and dry by providing them with year-round shelter.
DAWS often has exterior cat shelters available. We are happy to provide them free-of-charge to people who care for outside cats. Please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can obtain one of these shelters.
If you'd prefer to construct your own simple shelter, the following instructions will allow you to quickly and inexpensively provide basic shelter for cats:
Change the straw periodically to ensure it stays dry and to ensure there is sufficient quantity to keep the cats warm.
To build a sturdier and even more cozy shelter, you may use the following instructions (thank you to Neighborhood Cats for letting us republish these instructions!):
Materials needed are: a large Rubbermaid storage bin, an eight foot by two foot sheet of one-inch thick hard Styrofoam, a yardstick, a box cutter or utility knife, and straw, shredded newspaper or other insulating material. Then assemble as follows:
This shelter can be cleaned by taking off the lid and the Styrofoam roof. It's also lightweight and may need to be weighed down. A flap over the doorway is optional. Catnip can be sprinkled inside at first to attract the cats.
Buying an Outdoor Cat Shelter
If you would like to purchase an exterior cat shelter, there are many that you can find online. One of the best we've seen is from a British company called KatKabin http://www.katkabin.co.uk. These shelters are super-cozy and keep cats warm and dry in very cold and rainy weather.
Another option is available through Hammacher Schlemmer, called The Only Heated Outdoor Cat House. It comes with a lifetime guarantee and is the only heated outdoor cat home that keeps felines warm and comfy in cool temperatures.
How does it work? A removable 20-watt heater inside the floor of the house generates radiant heat that warms the floor yet is not hot to human touch. The waterproof floor is lined with 1 1/2" of soft foam, providing a comfortable, dry surface for cats to lounge.
The entire house is covered in durable 600-denier nylon backed with waterproof vinyl and the pitched roof overhangs all four sides of the structure, keeping cats dry during rain showers. The house's front and back doors allow cats to come and go as they please.
Plugs into AC with 6' cord. For cats weighing up to 25 lbs. 17" L x 16 1/2" W x 13" D. (5 1/2 lbs.)