Build a DIY Outdoor Cat Shelter without Breaking the Bank


This year’s winter weather has been brutally cold over much of the U.S., and if you’re like me, your heart breaks at the thought of feral and abandoned cats without adequate shelter. Frostbite (including frozen ears) is common among outdoor cats in snowy climes, and even if they don’t perish from the cold, the constant exposure to sub-freezing temps can compromise their immune systems and deplete energy stores.

Unfortunately, many of us can’t afford to build or buy shelters for ferals. Which is why I LOVE this video tutorial. It that shows you how to build a cat shelter from materials you may already have around the house. The key ingredient is a styrofoam container — the type that’s used to ship seafood and other food items. If no one sent you Alaskan king crab legs for Christmas, used containers are available from places like Red Lobster — just turn on the charm and ask.

As you can see, styrofoam is extremely easy to cut through, so this version is much quicker to build than other versions. Its light weight makes transport and deployment a snap.

If you’re an avid recycler, you know that it takes a lifetime (or longer) for styrofoam to degrade in landfill, so upcycling it is a win-win for feral cats and the environment.

If you don’t have all the materials on hand, watch Freecycle ) and Craigslist for giveaways, or ask your local dumpsite for info on where you can get “treasures” rescued from the dump.

In a reader? Click here to watch the video.

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