Outdoor Cat Shelter

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Project by Matt posted 07-07-2015 04:08 PM 1874 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So it has been some time since I last posted a project. Most of this is due to my wife and I moving into a new house last September, and all my project time being spent on piddley things/projects that need to be done around the house that I don’t feel are worth posting. I have other projects that are incomplete and more interesting, but by order of the queen this one needed to be done this weekend.

Due to changing circumstances in the household, my cat was needing to transition to outdoor living. To keep her comfortable and sheltered from the elements, I needed build her a house. I used cedar fence posts (and scrap plywood) for materials along with ¾” foil-lined, foam insulation. No fancy joinery, just glue and nails/staples.

I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, as is my wife. We will see if my cat thinks it was worth my time and effort. As those of you who have cats know, typically the enjoyment/appreciation experienced by the cat is inversely proportional to the time, effort or money spent on the item.

-- Molon Labe

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#1 posted 07-07-2015 10:56 PM

Very cool project, so true what you say about cats…build them a nice bed, and they use the cardboard box you’re about to throw away instead!

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#2 posted 07-08-2015 03:04 AM

We have a cat who is smart enough to use the dog door when it wants inside but seems to prefer the great outdoors. I really the design and the thought you put into it….nice job.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 07-08-2015 10:02 PM

I started to make one of those about 6 1/2 years ago, but the cat disappeared before I finished. So, I have a partly built one in my shop. I forgot about it. I need to dig it out and do something with it. (It’s not as well-built as yours.) All of our outdoor cats disappear these days due to the invasion of coyotes. So, we’re keeping 2 indoors.


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#4 posted 07-09-2015 11:43 AM

Thanks for the compliments guys. The cat seems to like it pretty well. She has been in it the last three times I went outside to feed her, so it seems to be a success.

Paul, growing up, all our family’s cats were outdoor, and though we lived in the city, we had similar problems with them disappearing or getting hurt. That’s why up till this point she was an indoor cat who escaped every chance she got. Now she is an outdoor cat trying to invade the house any chance she gets.

-- Molon Labe

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