How to build a cat shelter with plastic bins
September 17, 2015
Winter weather can be deadly for our feline friends.
If you’re a cat lover like me, it can be difficult to ignore the feral kitties that come begging for food. Sometimes these felines come knocking, but for whatever reason we just cannot welcome them into our homes. That doesn’t mean we can’t help.
The colder months are creeping in on us. Whether you have feral cats that roam your yard or just prefer letting your pets explore the outdoors, plastic bins can be used to make some inexpensive, very cozy kitty homes.
How to build a cat shelter
The easiest way to create a DIY cat shelter is by stacking two different sized plastic bins. Use a large plastic bin as the main unit, cutting entrance and exit holes. Then place the smaller bin inside and cut matching holes. From here, fill the space between the bins with your choice of insulation to help maintain body heat. Put the lid on the smaller bin and place more insulation on top. Next, put the lid on top of the large bin and – voila – kitty house!
Ideas for insulation include: blankets, foam insulation and straw. If you’re not sold on the plastic bins, consider:
- A styrofoam cooler
- Picnic cooler
- Storage bins
What to keep in mind
When building an outdoor shelter for family or feral cats, remember:
- Keep shelters away from dogs!
- Keep shelters out of sight from any indoor cats you may have. When indoor kitties get a glimpse of other strange cats roaming around their domain, it may trigger some aggressive behavior inside the home.
- Consider cutting two entrances so cats have an escape if confronted by opossums, raccoons or other rodents.
Find a wide selection of plastic bins at Organize-It.