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Demoiselle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-21-11 07:59 PM
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11. You could check out this web site:
www.outdoorpethouses.com

I bought one of their basic models many years ago...I don't believe they were quite that expensive then, but in any case I've gotten good value out of it.
It is well insulated, quite heavy with a heavy and tight fitting but removable roof...and it has a back door, with a see-through plastic flap, a front door and insulated plexiglas windows on the other two sides.
I have had a colony of feral cats here, am left with one now, who appears quite content in our southeastern PA winters sheltering in her private cabin. I believe they really do need two escapes to feel secure, plus sight lines all round. I've put an indoor/outdoor electric kennel heating pad on the floor of the house which really makes it snug in truly cold weather.
Mine even came with a little front "porch" with a plastic front panel which acted as a wind break for the open "front" door.

Good luck!
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  -What's a good feral cat shelter for colder months? Flaxbee  Aug-21-11 12:01 AM   #0 
  - Cats like hidey places  blogslut   Aug-21-11 12:16 AM   #1 
  - I know a smaller place might appeal and be warmer - but will she feel cornered  Flaxbee   Aug-21-11 12:24 AM   #2 
     - I have no idea  blogslut   Aug-21-11 12:32 AM   #3 
  - The very first stray I fed came inside when the winter got really cold.  EFerrari   Aug-21-11 12:39 AM   #4 
  - last winter she wouldn't even stay within 10 feet of me; now she stays  Flaxbee   Aug-21-11 01:24 PM   #5 
  - I actually built a cat house out of a cardboard box, thick plastic sheeting  LaurenG   Aug-21-11 02:15 PM   # 
  - Get one of those big plastic storage Rubbermaid containers.  GoCubsGo   Aug-21-11 02:15 PM   #6 
  - I thought this was a nice solution. Similar but very well insulated:  Auggie   Aug-21-11 02:23 PM   #7 
  - That's what I had in mind.  GoCubsGo   Aug-21-11 02:30 PM   #8 
  - huh - would I find those self-warming pads online?  Flaxbee   Aug-21-11 09:40 PM   #14 
  - that's nice - looks a little more stuffed full o'stuff than she'd probably  Flaxbee   Aug-21-11 08:22 PM   #12 
  - oh yah!  stuntcat   Aug-22-11 06:47 PM   #25 
  - I'm sorry, but we can't take in another feral at this time. I don't think Sonia would  madinmaryland   Aug-21-11 03:14 PM   #9 
  - I know - we just lost one of our girls to old age and are down to 5; I don't really  Flaxbee   Aug-21-11 09:42 PM   #15 
  - Hay bales.  flvegan   Aug-21-11 04:11 PM   #10 
  - I second this but don't ask for hay, use straw. It's cheaper  riderinthestorm   Aug-21-11 10:06 PM   #17 
  - OK. I'll see if that would work ...  Flaxbee   Aug-21-11 10:17 PM   #19 
  - that might work -- I'd need to measure to see how deep the porch is  Flaxbee   Aug-21-11 10:16 PM   #18 
     - Thanks, Flaxbee.  flvegan   Aug-21-11 10:56 PM   #22 
  - You could check out this web site:  Demoiselle   Aug-21-11 07:59 PM   #11 
  - oh my goodness, those are terrific!  Flaxbee   Aug-21-11 09:47 PM   #16 
     - I thought you might use them as a kind of basic model.  Demoiselle   Aug-22-11 06:36 PM   #24 
  - I know of people who were tending to a feral cat in Ottawa, Canada. They built  applegrove   Aug-21-11 08:36 PM   #13 
  - so they wired it?  Flaxbee   Aug-21-11 10:18 PM   #20 
     - You have a lucky critter.  applegrove   Aug-21-11 10:22 PM   #21 
  - We had one of those for our outdoor cat. It was perfect.  femmocrat   Aug-22-11 10:13 AM   #23 
 

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