Stray Cat Shelter

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Project by DaveFFMedic posted 10-18-2012 02:53 AM 21951 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a stray cat shelter, or a “cat house” if you prefer. My MIL asked if I would make a few of these for her neighbor who takes care of the wild cat population.

I’m not a fan of feral cats, but I can’t say no to people. Plus, I have been wanting to get back into the workshop to build something. I came upon these plans on the internet and they seemed sturdy and inexpensive. My dad and I built a dog house for our dog decades ago using similar construction and the dog house withstood years of abuse.

You can download the plans to this cat house here:

I used the cheapest 1/2” plywood I could find. Some donated rubber roofing membrane for the roof and scrap linoleum from my kitchen for the floor. The roof is held in place with two 2×4 cleats and just lifts off the cat house. The plan is to have my father in law paint the house and fill it with straw or hay from the local animal shelter. (i know there’s a difference between straw and hay. One is not good for animal bedding, I just can’t remember which.) Total cost of materials: $25.

Completed just in time for the cold weather!

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#1 posted 10-18-2012 08:12 AM

In northern climates where temps get below zero by 10 to 20 degrees you can add 3/4 inch styrofoam and screw or glue carpeting to the wall. Prevents shredding the styrofoam and reduces the air currents. Nieghbor asked me to build one for his dog to be outside. similar design but 2 inch foam and interior and exterior plywood sandwich. materials from local box store was 225 dollars. (Big powerful dog)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 10-18-2012 11:39 AM

Nice work – even feral cats need a place to stay warm. As Bob Barker used to say, spay or neuter your pets!

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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#3 posted 10-18-2012 02:03 PM

DocSavage: The plans I downloaded have directions for adding insulation in the walls. Believe me, I wanted to go all-out on this project and put 2 inch rigid foam insulation and protect it on the inside with 1/4 inch luan, but I reminded myself that this project is for stray cats. Last year they slept on an old couch covered with a tarp. This house is leaps and bounds better than what they had before. My dog spent his days in a similar structure with straw on the floor. He didn’t have insulated walls and did just fine. Adding the insulation would have doubled the cost to build this structure. The decision to keep it simple was practical and financial.

RedSox: The neighbor who cares for these cats does catch, spay/neuter them, and return them to their environment.

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#4 posted 10-18-2012 02:36 PM

Don’t use Hay for your bedding!

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#5 posted 10-20-2012 12:55 AM

Very nice cat house. We have allot of feral cats here as well, but since the weather is nice year round, I make the boxes a bit more open with a roof for them. There is a group of us here that catch fix and release the cats…but they seem to stay around here after all that, so we feed lots of them.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 10-24-2012 02:20 AM

Good looking house, perfect for the purpose—form follows function, of course! I’m afraid around here we’d have it occupied by skunks or maybe even the bobcat that’s been terrorizing the neighborhood, though. He/she and coyotes is why we don’t have feral cats, sorry to say.

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