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Blog entry by builtinbkyn posted 04-10-2018 03:39 PM 587 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In addition to Willie, my German Shepherd, I have two cats. One I adopted from a local rescue in Brooklyn and the other wondered into my yard 5 years ago, looking all beat up. She’s very small at around 5lbs. I came to learn, she too was caught by the local rescue, however she was a capture and release.

There are many strays in the yards in old Brooklyn. So many that there would be no way to hold them all until adoption. So the local rescue catches these cats, has them neutered, gives them their shots and releases them back into the neighborhood where they were caught. This is called population control :) They also clip one ear to make them stand out from a distance as having been previously caught. It’s what made me believe she was in a fight. Missy is one of these cats. She isn’t fully ferrel, but she’s also no lap cat.

So yesterday I thought it was time to make a semi-permanent home for her outside. Since the weather has started to break – well almost :( – she’s been wanting to stay outside more. Sometimes she doesn’t make it back inside at night before lights out lol This way she’ll at least have someplace warm and dry to stay.

This is all pretty much made from some 3/4” oak veneer shelves that were originally here in the shop and are no longer needed, and some oak cutoffs. It’s glued together with TB 3 with a few screws thru the bottom of the corner braces.

I just have to line the inside chamber with carpet, put the lid on in a way that will allow it to be removed, put some shingles on the lid and put a weatherproof finish of some sort on the rest of it. I’m thinking oil primer and paint. Even thought it will be mostly sheltered from the weather, it needs to stand off of the ground. Not yet sure what I’m going to do for that.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)



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bearkatwood

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#1 posted 04-10-2018 03:42 PM

What a spoiled pet. Nice project. Glad to have the remodel pretty much done?

-- Brian Noel

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builtinbkyn

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#2 posted 04-10-2018 03:50 PM



What a spoiled pet. Nice project. Glad to have the remodel pretty much done?

- bearkatwood


Yup we’re fully operational here :)

Here’s the scrawny little critter with her “tipped ear” lol

She can make the most blood-curdling, vile screeching sounds I’ve ever heard. I’ve seen grown men run in fear after thinking they could get close enough to pet her lol

Poor thing has feline herpes. But it doesn’t slow her down lol

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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torus

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#3 posted 04-10-2018 03:52 PM

I am not sure how the door/entrance will work… More pictures when finished please, cool project.

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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builtinbkyn

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#4 posted 04-10-2018 03:56 PM



I am not sure how the door/entrance will work… More pictures when finished please, cool project.

- torus


Hmmm? What’s your concern? The cutout will either remain open or have some kind of soft flap/strands or even strands of beads hanging to somewhat cover it. But I’ll post the completed project when all the particulars are figured out. I just shot from the hip :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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torus

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#5 posted 04-10-2018 06:31 PM

Hmmm? What s your concern? ...

- builtinbkyn

No concern at all, I just want to know. Just replace ”I am not sure” with ”I do not understand”....

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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builtinbkyn

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#6 posted 04-10-2018 07:17 PM


Hmmm? What s your concern? ...

- builtinbkyn

No concern at all, I just want to know. Just replace ”I am not sure” with ”I do not understand”....

- torus


Actually I was reading about the “parameters” for these cat houses and some suggest a secondary door or escape exit. That’s what I thought you might be referring to. I really didn’t plan for that.

Well I’ll post the final results, however it turns out lol Hopefully she uses the darn thing. She may just choose to sleep in the ivy as she has been doing.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#7 posted 04-10-2018 07:41 PM

That’s one lucky cat! Great job, I like the little hidey hole.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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bearkatwood

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#8 posted 04-10-2018 08:05 PM

An escape exit for a cat, that has me chuckling because my dog is the one who needs that. My cat is always picking on her.

-- Brian Noel

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builtinbkyn

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#9 posted 04-10-2018 08:29 PM

Thanks Jerry. That was one parameter requirement for this – a place to hide out of view and also somewhat of a weather break.

Brian we had a Siamese that was a no nonsense cat. He was de-clawed by the previous owners. He would just smacked the tar out of any and all contenders including dogs. His punches sounded painful :O A stare from him and Willie walked the other way around to get where he was going lol

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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builtinbkyn

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#10 posted 04-10-2018 08:30 PM

Oh it’s sanded and ready for finishing. :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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torus

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#11 posted 04-10-2018 09:01 PM

Ah-a, now I understood, I was thinking that this whole thing

would be a door.

I got it now, it is just template to bend the entrance edge cover….

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#12 posted 04-10-2018 09:46 PM

I hope she uses it Bill. That is something only she will tell you.
A friend of mine built a entrance for his cats to get in the basement window. He had to remodel it because raccoons were starting to use it. He found out that raccoons don’t like to make 90 degree turns, so he incorporated a couple which stopped the raccoons but also stopped the wind blowing through. The cats don’t have a problem with the turns.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#13 posted 04-10-2018 10:26 PM

It’s great you took in a homeless cat. I bet she gets spoiled a lot. I bet she loves it in her new neighborhood. I also heard that they need an escape door. That way, should another cat decide to check out the new fine house while she is in there, she don’t have to fight her way out.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#14 posted 04-10-2018 10:54 PM

i will be following this as we also have a feral running around i had made a Styrofoam cooler and you place it in a plastic tote cut 1 hole in it ….what will help if cat does not use it ….you can put cat nip in it this will lure him in :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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builtinbkyn

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#15 posted 04-11-2018 01:58 PM



Ah-a, now I understood, I was thinking that this whole thing

would be a door.

I got it now, it is just template to bend the entrance edge cover….

- torus


Ok now I see the confusion :) Yeah just used the cutout to form the banding for the plywood at the opening.


I hope she uses it Bill. That is something only she will tell you.
A friend of mine built a entrance for his cats to get in the basement window. He had to remodel it because raccoons were starting to use it. He found out that raccoons don t like to make 90 degree turns, so he incorporated a couple which stopped the raccoons but also stopped the wind blowing through. The cats don t have a problem with the turns.

- duckmilk


Duck I hope she does too. The symptoms of feline herpes is her eyes tear endlessly. It makes a mess around the house. I feel bad for her. So I gave her a home when really, because of her issue, no one else would. That’s why she was released again. She eats well and I maintain her as best I can. She’s kind of a sympathetic little thing that I can’t abandon.


It s great you took in a homeless cat. I bet she gets spoiled a lot. I bet she loves it in her new neighborhood. I also heard that they need an escape door. That way, should another cat decide to check out the new fine house while she is in there, she don t have to fight her way out.

- jeffswildwood


Thanks Jeff. She gets her two squares a day plus treats at night :) I’ll look into the escape door issue. I think she’ll be fine here as I haven’t seen one other cat in the area. Just deer and black squirrels, which she looks just like lol


i will be following this as we also have a feral running around i had made a Styrofoam cooler and you place it in a plastic tote cut 1 hole in it ….what will help if cat does not use it ….you can put cat nip in it this will lure him in :<))

- GR8HUNTER


Tony I saw that design on another site. I have quite a few bins, but they’re all full right now with stuff I moved. Besides then it wasn’t a woodworking project lol I will be using the catnip trick when the time comes :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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