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Re: Winter Shelter Ideas for Ferals

I have looked locally for something that would, at least, radiate Moochies own heat back at him and have found nothing. I built a house out of an old dresser, double-walled it, and put plastic sheeting around it. I carpeted it inside and put carpet on the roof, where Moochie eats. I placed his house in my carport. He seems to be real satisfied, but on warmer nights, he just sleeps on the roof.

Now that Moochie is very comfortable with the house, I am planning on moving it farther into the carport, to the corner where it is further protected by the garage and the cement back wall.
 

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Re: Winter Shelter Ideas for Ferals

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I have looked locally for something that would, at least, radiate Moochies own heat back at him and have found nothing. I built a house out of an old dresser, double-walled it, and put plastic sheeting around it. I carpeted it inside and put carpet on the roof, where Moochie eats. I placed his house in my carport. He seems to be real satisfied, but on warmer nights, he just sleeps on the roof.

Now that Moochie is very comfortable with the house, I am planning on moving it farther into the carport, to the corner where it is further protected by the garage and the cement back wall.
Just saw your post.

PetsMart sells self warming kitty pads in a leopard print plush material. I don't recall how much they cost [less than $20 I believe].

I put one in a teepee type covered cat bed with 2 entrance holes. I covered the teepee with a construction plasic bag [heavy duty plastic]. It sits outside, under my picnic table and on two wooden benches pushed to my garage wall on my covered back porch.

When the temp got down to the teens at night I put a microwavable disk that produces heat up to 12 hrs., under the self warming mat. Smokey and The Bandit [her baby] have been snuggling there. They ae ferals.

My other feral, Hobo, sleeps on a electric plastic warming pad with a sherpa cover in a squarish [new] garbage can, facing the garage wall. It is also in my covered porch. I bought it at a home imrovement store called Mennards for $44 [on sale, $10 off].
 

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We've recently built a couple of shelters for our ferals out of some old empty PA bins that were sitting around. They're made from 5/8th plywood and we added feet, a door with butterfly hinges for easy access, two openings, the pink styrofoam on the bottom and covered the entire interior with reflective insulation. I then added an outdoor kennel heating mat, the ones that Heidi and Judy both mentioned, and some straw as our winters are bitter. We have one placed on the front porch and another under the huge cedar bush against the front of our house. We had all the material laying around except for the heating pad from TSC, and reflecting insulation which I picked up from Home Depot for less then $20. I tented nylon tarps over them and presto, shelter. They're not pretty and will be painted come spring but they seem to work.





The doors are rather large on this one as I was hoping Big Guy would use it but he prefers the loveseat on the porch no matter how cold the weather.
 

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We've recently built a couple of shelters for our ferals out of some old empty PA bins that were sitting around. They're made from 5/8th plywood and we added feet, a door with butterfly hinges for easy access, two openings, the pink styrofoam on the bottom and covered the entire interior with reflective insulation. I then added an outdoor kennel heating mat, the ones that Heidi and Judy both mentioned, and some straw as our winters are bitter. We have one placed on the front porch and another under the huge cedar bush against the front of our house. We had all the material laying around except for the heating pad from TSC, and reflecting insulation which I picked up from Home Depot for less then $20. I tented nylon tarps over them and presto, shelter. They're not pretty and will be painted come spring but they seem to work.





The doors are rather large on this one as I was hoping Big Guy would use it but he prefers the loveseat on the porch no matter how cold the weather.

Ooooh, self reflecting insulation........GOTTA get it to line the Rubbermaid garbage can!! :D
 

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Re: Winter Shelter Ideas for Ferals

Possums are nocturnal animals, so you could make sure the area around your shelters is well lighted. According to the sources I found, they especially dislike flashing lights, like the ones you use at Christmas.

Always pick up the feral's food before nightfall.

Trap them with a humane trap and move them, if the laws allow.

Good luck!
 

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Flickr step by step winter feral shelter

I couldnt find how to add this on to the sticky on Feral Cat Shelters. But if you dig deep into the Urban Cat League I found this. Thought Id just post it so its easier to find and be inspired by

All Weather Feral Shelter


And the non bin shelters which you could make any size. Great slide show on flickr.com also

Non bin feral cat shelters
 

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Quick n cheap---take a plastic storage bin, and a foam cooler--(Omaha steak coolers turn up on trash nights)--fit the cooler to the bin--cut entryways in both to match up--stuff insulating material between cooler walls and bin walls--place straw into bottom of cooler--you can cut out a sort-of awning from a large detergent bottle--and glue that over entryway--total cost: about $5 each shelter--
 
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