Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Live in the city, St Paul, Mn
Outdoor shelters for feral cats.
On another post by Jeanie, she had a couple of links for making an outdoor shelter. I made one out of a pet carrier and covered it well with a rubber tarp, a large grass mat I found, and leaves. it sits in a corner where my porch meets my house and a stray 'Annie' began using it. I will now put straw in it on top of an old towel if I decide to keep Annie outside. Right now she will be in transition. i will be making a home within a large metal dog kennel I have (glad I didn't get rid of it). Inside will be a smaller pet carrier lined with straw, a litter pan (I found out she is not litter box savvy), and place for food and water. This will be on my balcony and accesible by our other cats via a pet door so they can get accustomed to each other as well as have a place to get sun as it is glass enclosed. I will need to heat her bed with a warmer of some sort as winter is setting in here in StPaul, Mn. I saw some on the links above. Hopefully, I can train Annie, who is about 2, a calico female, to be social and to use the litter box and eventually find her a loving home.
Next to my garage I have a rabbit hutch that I will also line with straw and it has two openings and I think other ferals will use it...maybe have already. They can come and go easily without being seen. And, I have a heated water dish ready to put into play in a sheltered area. I don't know why I didn't do this in years past...maybe too busy to think of our feline friends who have been abandoned by uncaring people once they get too difficult or costly to care for.......or their offspring.
Right now I am working with Annie and will post her pic when I get to my other computer.