feral cat house (2)

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Project by IdeaBill posted 11-29-2014 04:37 PM 1818 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My Wife and Daughter want to help the feral cat this winter so I made a cat house
now it is a snow fort

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#1 posted 11-29-2014 04:46 PM

set up a game camera so you can tell what is using it. It will be interesting t see if the cat uses the house.

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#2 posted 11-29-2014 05:20 PM

That would be fun. They are using it the inside has insulation and straw so it is warn. Plus they are getting feed.

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#3 posted 11-29-2014 05:31 PM

Awesome. Wife wanted to know what I wanted for a Christmas present. It seems a Game camera would work well.
I may try to build one for our side porch and put it up a bit so the coons and possums don’t see it so easily.

Thanks for the idea, we are always having people dump cats off here, sometimes not even slowing down on the highway, just tossing them out the window.

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#4 posted 11-29-2014 06:06 PM

Very cool. Looks cozy!

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#5 posted 11-29-2014 08:26 PM

Great build. We care for and feed about 25 feral cats around our property. We do catch and have them fixed but for some reason they keep coming. I build not only one house, but a large enclosed climbing and sleeping area for them a few years ago…I keep updating it.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 11-30-2014 12:18 AM

Sometimes a feral cat can become a real friend. Nice house and so nice of you to take care of the cat. We had two cats and a lady cat showed up and began to swell. we let her have her kittens in the basement at my shop. Then we had seven! Found homes for two so down to five now. One is Dusty, the shop cat cause he rolled in the sawdust. Loves to hang out with me in the shop!

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#7 posted 11-30-2014 05:49 AM

Nice project! How cold does it get in your neck of the woods?
A few years ago I built one of these, and put in a porcelain lamp socket and a 15-watt bulb. The top was an old tempered glass storm window and we could watch what was going on from the window of our den. The cats would come, partake of the food inside, but would not hang out inside on the old blanket, just eat and leave. Our winters would sometimes go to -35 degrees, I have no idea how those cats managed to survive! Though they would snuggle under the hood of my truck, if I had the engine block heater plugged in. Those cats are now in the ‘spay and release’ program run by our local animal shelter.

Thanks to everyone who looks out for the welfare of feral kitties.

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#8 posted 11-30-2014 06:39 PM

Love the door.

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#9 posted 12-04-2014 12:17 AM

as another person who wouldnt mind helping out feral / abandoned local cat or 2… my next project should be a small outside shelter like Bill’s. But all my projects so far have been douglas fir / plywood inside workshop stuff. Never dabbled with outdoor wood, sealing, finishing, wood selection. Any quick hints?
The bottom of the house.. does it rest on the ground, or raised? I’m trying to put on a geological engineer hat on, and “think” that when it rests on the ground, it helps insulation purposes rather than raised.

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#10 posted 12-04-2014 02:37 AM

Hey Holbs
What I did was to rise it up 6 inches on 4×4 to keep it out of the snow on a 2by stock with siding that I got from dumpster diving at construction sites . Mine has ridged foam insulation with a back at hinges open to put straw in it. the front porch is some scrap cedar one by that I found, should be good I am in west Michigan it does get cold and the lake effect snow does pile up have seen three feet in the back yard with minus degree temps

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#11 posted 04-15-2015 02:12 AM

Nicely done! Did you have any guests this winter?

I once spied a ferel mother cat emerging from a den underneath some patio pavers. She had her kittens safely tucked underground in an area that was seldom used.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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