Caring for Community Cats

Building a winter shelter for your outdoor cats can be both simple and inexpensive.

Two of the more popular styles are:

  • Styrofoam coolers
  • Rubbermaid™ plastic storage bins with removable lids. It’s important the brand is Rubbermaid™; otherwise, the plastic walls may crack in cold temperatures.

When constructing a shelter, here are a few basic ideas to keep in mind.

All good shelter designs share two qualities:

  • Strong insulation – needed to trap body heat, which turns the cats into little radiators. Use straw, not hay or blankets.
  • Minimal air space – a smaller interior area means that less heat is needed to keep the occupants warm.
For complete instructions, download the PDF from Alley Cat Advocates here.
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