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Old November 19th, 2008, 12:24 PM
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styrofoam shelter

So yesterday after work I decided I would try to make a shelter. This is what I wanted to make for the ferals that use my garage for the winter. I used an old laundry basket and 1 inch thick styrofoam. This is what it came out like. I have a sleeve from a fur coat (thanks Chris!) in the bottom for snuggling into. I was going to put something down for a doorflap but figure that the cats won't like being completely closed in. This way they can still watch for "predators". Turned out pretty neat I think.
Cost of laundry basket - free but you can get them cheap.
Cost of styrofoam - $8.50 and you get enough to make 3 shelters. Not bad. Will work well in spots where there is no wind.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:16 PM
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Nice job 14+ !! Looks pretty nifty! I assume they like it?
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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:18 PM
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umm, Wont they try to scratch up styrofoam? Seriously, kinda clueless when it comes to cats, but if i were a cat i would..lol
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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:28 PM
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Don't think so Babymomma. People have been making these shelters for quite a while now. Cats know it's there for shelter. If they do scratch it up oh well, I'll make more. The whole idea is to keep my ferals that aren't in the catuary warm for the winter. I think this will work. Check out the site below.

http://www.neighborhoodcats.org/info/wintershelter.htm

As for do they like it...... just took it out to the garage a while ago. I guess time will tell. The ones in the house sure seemed to like examining it.
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Old November 19th, 2008, 01:35 PM
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Don't think so Babymomma. People have been making these shelters for quite a while now. Cats know it's there for shelter. If they do scratch it up oh well, I'll make more. The whole idea is to keep my ferals that aren't in the catuary warm for the winter. I think this will work. Check out the site below.

http://www.neighborhoodcats.org/info/wintershelter.htm

As for do they like it...... just took it out to the garage a while ago. I guess time will tell. The ones in the house sure seemed to like examining it.
Ahh, I see.. I wouldt scratch my shelter either! lol.. Its really awesome!
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Looks like the indoor kitties were already enjoying it! Hope the ferals like it as well! How many shelters will you need to accommodate them all?
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Old November 19th, 2008, 04:39 PM
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Hazel - the shelters I am doing are for the ferals that come and go from our garage. I figure six should do it. There may never be a night when they are all in use but that's ok. They are there if needed.
My catty cats are getting their new house very soon. They won't need these shelters. Although I am thinking about making a couple just to put under the trees for the hardier kitties who won't go inside unless it's pouring rain. Their new house is very very comfy.
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14+, you've got a veritable Kitty Bed & Breakfast in the makings!

I can't believe the number of ferals and strays you get. :sad: We have so few here, but I wonder how many are being eaten by coyotes and wolves...a very sad thought.
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14+, you've got a veritable Kitty Bed & Breakfast in the makings!

I can't believe the number of ferals and strays you get. :sad: We have so few here, but I wonder how many are being eaten by coyotes and wolves...a very sad thought.
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Yep, we have a lot around here. I went for a walk back to the bush last week. Didn't see one kitty but I could see lots of tracks from where they were coming and going. It's either that or it was coyote tracks. We have them too. I have seen the kitties leaving the garage in the morning so I know they are using it for shelter. I hope they will get used to the little "houses".
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Brilliant work, 14+Kitties. You should market them!! Bet they will all have a lovely warm bed to sleep in. I am sure they will appreciate your handiwork

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Aww thanks Brandykins. I think though that there are enough plans for these things out there people will just make their own if they need them. It's pretty easy once you get a template for the size of styrofoam you need to cut.
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Great idea 14+. Excuse my stupidness, but it looks like you put the laundry basket inside the styrofoam cooler? Did it fit or did you have to alter it?
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Great idea 14+. Excuse my stupidness, but it looks like you put the laundry basket inside the styrofoam cooler? Did it fit or did you have to alter it?
No L4H, I cut 1" thick styrofoam insulation to fit the inside of the basket. As noted above, the sheet of insulation will do three baskets like this. I was planning on using storage bins but hadn't got them yet so used what I had on hand. The insulation was cut to fit on the sides, bottom and top. Then I added the sleeve of a fur coat for more warmth.
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I can see the styrofoam is inside the basket,what a smart idea
How does hubby feel about losing"his"garage to kitties???
But then again,living with a cat-rescuer,a kittymeans sharing
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I can see the styrofoam is inside the basket,what a smart idea
How does hubby feel about losing"his"garage to kitties???
But then again,living with a cat-rescuer,a kittymeans sharing

Thanks Chico!
Hubby has his shop. He very seldom uses his garage except to store junk. I actually use it more than he does. My scroll saw is in there along with other craft stuff I very seldom get a chance to use.
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No L4H, I cut 1" thick styrofoam insulation to fit the inside of the basket. As noted above, the sheet of insulation will do three baskets like this. I was planning on using storage bins but hadn't got them yet so used what I had on hand. The insulation was cut to fit on the sides, bottom and top. Then I added the sleeve of a fur coat for more warmth.
Duh, I see the laundry basket now ummm it was my old ucky monitor, yup, that's the reason
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lol kitty in a cooler!! gave me an idea i can pock up the strofoam coolers cheap and line them with cut out for access
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Yep Jim, you can use those too. There is a site, not sure if it's the one I posted or not, that shows those in use too. The only things are 1) you need a brick in/on it so it doesn't blow away outside and 2) they normally aren't that thick unless you want to buy the pricier ones.
Any shelter is better than none in the midst of our freezing winters I figure.
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im using some milk crates with cardbord on out side and i picked up some cheap therma, balankets i got permission to put them under the neighbors back porch i know they are being used hopefully by cats lol
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Fabulous! That's great! I am sure they appreciate the shelter.
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What a great use of material. That looks like it's sure to keep them warm, especially if they share.
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Those look awesome... nice job. I'll have to come check them out soon!
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Thanks ancient. Recyling so baskets didn't go to dump. I don't use them any more. Like my hampers too much.

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What a great idea! I first thought they were Rubbermaid totes. I hope the kitties like them and the effort u put into making them.
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