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Do any of you know where I could get super cheap cat beds or something that could be used as a cat bed? The woman I got Justin from has about 30 cats she is trying to find homes for. Only two of them have cat beds, the others have thin blanket type things. (They are all in separate cages or two or three to a larger cage.) I would like to help her, but cat beds don't come *that* cheap, especially with 30 cats!
Is there any way that I could make them? I don't know how I would go about doing that, or getting materials for it. Any good alternatives to cat beds? I know when I go to my parents house I may be able to find some old blankets that could be cut into smaller pieces and used for them to lay on.
Do you think Goodwill or any other place like that might have pet supplies?
I'm just trying to think of ideas here. These cats are in a garage that is somewhat warm since this is Texas, but she would like to find something for them to cuddle up in to keep them warmer during the winter.
Is there any way I could get them donated from somewhere? She isn't a registered organization, so I'm not sure that is feasible.
PLEASE throw out your ideas and help me come up with something! :)
 

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If you could get fleece blankets and pillow stuffing and just double it over and stitch the other three sides, many cats would be able to sleep on it. My cats like to sleep all wrapped around each other. It's so nice that you care so much. Cats love to be warm.
 

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Jeanie's idea is exactly what I'd suggest.

Three to four yards of fleece cut up would probably do the trick too. :wink:
 

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I agree - Moby loves fleece. You might even be able to find old fleece blankets at a second hand store (as well as pillows).
 

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If you like sewing, you can make your own! Pillows aren't that hard to make. Just get fabric(or get people to donate fabric), sew 3 ends together inside-out. Turn it inside out again, and stuff fabric in it. Then hand-sew the 4th end. You can even sew patches of fabrics together to make a pretty pillow. I was planning on doing this for 2 of my cats. They love it on top of the cabnets so I was going to customize a pillow/bed for them.. Except I don't have a sewing machine lol
 

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If you're interested, I make cat beds. Almost all the proceeds from the items I make go towards either the feral cats I take care of, or gets donated to either Best Friends Animal Santuray or GRA-Utah. There's a link to my website below. It's still under construction, but there's a very basic picture of the bed I sell. If you're interested, e-mail me at [email protected] Since these aren't really anyone's cats, I'll work with you on cost, especially since you'll be needing so many of them. They usually sell for $15 a piece, but I'm more then willing to lower that! E-mail me and let me know if I can help.
 

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In this picture Punky is laying on a half yard of fleece that I folded in half twice (basically four layers of it).

It's more than enough for a cat cage.

 

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I have bought blankies, comforters and pillows for the feral cats outside from Goodwill or other second hand stores and stuffed cages, plastic and card board boxes with them. They love to cuddle whichever way the please inside of them. I sometimes see them furniculating inside a box and when I touch it to check on them they are so warm ..makes me wanna cuddle with them :D .
Frosty and Cheerio rarely sleep in their bed; they prefer pillows, blankets and comforters also ... It looks to me it is all about finding a place/fabric that molds to their body
 

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Thanks for the ideas guys! I will check out Goodwill and other stores and see what they have. Then I'll try to see what I can do in terms of sewing. They may not be the prettiest beds or pillows but I will do my best to make them functional at least! I don't have a sewing machine, but I can hand sew a little and may be able to use my parent's sewing machine at home if I have time.
Gracie's Mom, thanks so much for the offer. I think for now I will see if I can make my own. :)
If all else fails, they can at least get some fleece blankets. <<))
 

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Another good idea that I've use is to get any old basket, and fill it with old towels. It's worked great for me in the past!
 
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