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Project by cvalley posted 05-15-2019 06:56 PM 415 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve got a Feral Cat that hangs around so I built him a shelter for the winter. He has an escape door that has a swinging door to keep the cold out.





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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 05-15-2019 07:19 PM

Nice design! That’s a good thing your doing. You got me thinking now. We have a pond in our backyard. I’m wondering if just maybe a mother duck wold like something like this to lay her eggs in.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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cvalley

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#2 posted 05-15-2019 08:37 PM

Interesting idea. Thanks for commenting woodshaver, You know the saying? You Build It and They Will Come.


Nice design! That s a good thing your doing. You got me thinking now. We have a pond in our backyard. I m wondering if just maybe a mother duck wold like something like this to lay her eggs in.

- woodshaver Tony C


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#3 posted 05-15-2019 10:36 PM

Any sign that the cat is going for it?

I know a “barn cat” wouldn’t, but hey, they already have shelter in the barn. We had a really well intentioned Neighbor, when they moved in, the barn, and Horse ring, were there from the past owners. She could see her herd of feral cats that kept the area free of rodents, and wanted to help them. She started feeding them, and built several cat boxes, with warm blankets, and would put food into them in nice little cat dishes. Until she quit, she would find the blankets dragged from the boxes, and the food bowls moved out of the boxes, and of course empty.

She finally surrendered the blankets, and would put small piles of food out, the food drew the mice/rats, and the cats took care of business. When the cats started all looking too plump, she cut the rations.

Bless your intent. I hope your feral cat is different from the ones in Ohio.

Well designed house there.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 05-15-2019 10:43 PM

I had a look at this, wondering why somebody would make it in the first place, but thats beside the point, I then looked at the construction and I was very impressed with the build, so much so I then decided to see if you had a little workshop somewhere, as it seems a cut above something you would make on a coupla saw horses in the backyard… well…..................................................................................................................................................................................sorry I fainted.

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 05-15-2019 11:12 PM

Thanks for viewing and commenting Rob. Ah, you must have seen my mancave. Its changed a little since the pictures. Now there’s a large laser next to the CNC.. That laser would’ve cost over $80,000 if bought in USA. I went directly to China and got it. They shipped it on a container ship. Total cost was $9000. I need to take some pictures of it. I’m in the middle of a large project right now though.


I had a look at this, wondering why somebody would make it in the first place, but thats beside the point, I then looked at the construction and I was very impressed with the build, so much so I then decided to see if you had a little workshop somewhere, as it seems a cut above something you would make on a coupla saw horses in the backyard… well…..................................................................................................................................................................................sorry I fainted.

- robscastle


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cvalley

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#6 posted 05-15-2019 11:23 PM

Well actually he was using it last year then when winter got here I let him into the garage. I bought a heavy duty heating pad for him and he loves it. The heating pad saved my Porsche. He only lays on the pad. If he went around the Porsche or climbed on it he couldn’t stay in the garage. I keep a close eye on him and he leaves it alone. As far as the cat shelter goes I had to stop putting food into it as racoons were using it and I hate racoons as they destroy my garden. They want all my corn and I no longer plant corn.


Any sign that the cat is going for it?

She finally surrendered the blankets, and would put small piles of food out, the food drew the mice/rats, and the cats took care of business. When the cats started all looking too plump, she cut the rations.

Bless your intent. I hope your feral cat is different from the ones in Ohio.

Well designed house there.

- therealSteveN


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#7 posted 05-15-2019 11:35 PM

@Rob. I hope you didn’t hurt yourself when you fainted.
I decide to check out cvalley workshop. Now I wish I didn’t… You can’t un-see it if look and have a towel ready because if you do look at cvalley’s workshop you going to DROOL A LOT!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#8 posted 05-15-2019 11:44 PM

You guys are too funny. Thanks for the comments though. I do enjoy the shop though. I need to clean it up and take some more pictures to show the new laser. Big project right now though. A bookcase 84” tall 72” wide and 15.5 inches deep with doors on the bottom two feet. It’s split in the middle so the shelves aren’t too long.

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#9 posted 05-15-2019 11:57 PM

cvalley, I’ll have my towel ready when you post the laser. Good luck with the “Big Project” Looking forward to seeing the bookcase also!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 05-16-2019 12:46 AM

is one beautiful shop I didnt get a towel now i got drool on keys … now on your cat shelter do you have insulation in yours ? and I just didnt see it ? I built mine from a Styrofoam cooler and plastic tote only problem is he dont have an escape hole GREAT JOB :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#11 posted 05-16-2019 12:28 PM

Sorry to high jack this thread but wanted to answer the duck question, as it is actually something I really love.


Nice design! That s a good thing your doing. You got me thinking now. We have a pond in our backyard. I m wondering if just maybe a mother duck wold like something like this to lay her eggs in.

- woodshaver Tony C

Wood duck box

Wood ducks nest/lay eggs in boxes. I built 2 for my dad’s pond and both got used. If you google wood duck box you will find all the info and videos you care to watch. The wood duck box is great to provide habitat for Wood Ducks.

-- Upgrayedd - spelled thusly, with two Ds, for a double dose of this pimping.

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#12 posted 05-16-2019 07:36 PM

Thanks for the info Upgrayedd, I think we have Mallard ducks here. When I have the time I’m going to make something; I just hope it comes out as nice as the shelter that cvalley built for the cat.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#13 posted 05-16-2019 09:36 PM

There is a Black Duck species near the Hazelwood Cooling Ponds in Churchill Victoria.
I think they would be aware of out of state relatives roosting habits!

-- Regards Rob

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#14 posted 05-17-2019 02:25 AM

Nice job, looks good and sturdy, well designed, and you are helping out a creature in need. I was always a dog person, and still am, but now I’ve also become a cat guy. It all started when we got a rescue from the shelter for my wife, and he had me wrapped around his paw in no time.

I used to always chase the feral cats out of our yard, which is within the city limits of San Francisco, but owning one makes you appreciate what wonderful animals they are. We bought a cat home from Amazon for our outdoor kitties, but not nearly nice as yours. We had one almost permanent resident cat who slept in the house, and several others who would visit every day. Sadly, the coyotes (yes, even in the city of SF) and heartless neighbors wiped out the entire population.

Keep up the good work!

-- Tim

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cvalley

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#15 posted 05-17-2019 03:44 AM


Nice job, looks good and sturdy, well designed, and you are helping out a creature in need. I was always a dog person, and still am, but now I’ve also become a cat guy. It all started when we got a rescue from the shelter for my wife, and he had me wrapped around his paw in no time.

I used to always chase the feral cats out of our yard, which is within the city limits of San Francisco, but owning one makes you appreciate what wonderful animals they are. We bought a cat home from Amazon for our outdoor kitties, but not nearly nice as yours. We had one almost permanent resident cat who slept in the house, and several others who would visit every day. Sadly, the coyotes (yes, even in the city of SF) and heartless neighbors wiped out the entire population.

Keep up the good work!

- Fotodog

Thanks for your comment Fotodog. I have to relate to your sentiments. I wasn’t crazy about cats either. I used to breed and raise champion blood line Beagles for field trails. Then when I moved into my new house I decided to rescue a cat from the animal shelter. I took two, a brother and sister. I kind of wanted them to be inside and outside cats. But the fast traffic road in front of my house killed the boy and broke my heart. I imagine the assault was intentional. People either love or hate cats and I felt it was a young person that cheered when he ran over my cat. Maybe that’s the pessimist side of me. But that aside I no longer let my cats outside. I give them a great life rotating them from my house to my wood shop.
P.S. I’ve yet to see a mouse in either my house, garage or Woodshop. Once in a while they’ll kill a mouse and leave it for me to see. They want to show me that they’re needed.

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