How to make a cat house for outside cats to stay warm this winter
My feral cat is very suspicious of anything I set outside but wonderfully settled into this house after a couple of days. Initially I bought this - - but he never really used it so that was a waste of money. I tried enticing it with cat nip but he only stays inside for about a minute or so at a time before heading back out. I followed the instructions on how to build this one and so far, he likes it! My only problem is the lid leaking at the hinges when it rains too hard outside. I could caulk it but I'm afraid I won't be able to lift the lid anymore for cleaning purposes. Any ideas to keep it from getting wet inside? I'd really appreciate it so thanks in advance!
More overhang would have been better but my plywood pieces were not wide enough. It is possible to use more than one piece and join them but you have to make sure that the joint is waterproof. I glued and painted a strip of cloth on one joint I made in a roof and this worked.
The plexiglass windows are held in place by little frames glued on and nailed with finishing nails. The glue I used was actually outside caulking to help keep the rain out of the joint. I had a small amount left over from caulking around the outside windows of my house.The bottom gets a couple of pieces of wood to keep the feral cat shelter off the ground so it does not get damp and rot.After putting on the wood on the bottom, I sanded the cat shelter and painted it using once again leftover paint. I had some latex floor paint that worked really well. Its important to seal the edges of the plywood extra well. I also added a couple of extra coats on the bottom. The whole cat house got 3 good coats, while the bottom and edges got at least 4 coats. I had some fencing paint and used that for the last coat on the top because I like the contrast.The window frames I painted separately and installed and glued the windows in after the paint had dried. Its easier to do than to try and paint around the window.I deliberately did not talk about size because it depends on the size of the wood you are using, the thickness of the insulation you have and where you are going to put the shelter. The sleeping box is about 10.5x18 inches. The roof is about 22inches x 24 inches long. Go measure your cat, then add enough for the thickness of the insulation and the thickness of the wood.
The cat shelter should be large enough to allow the cat to just stand. The door should be to one side so the cat can look out keep watch when he is inside. It needs to be large enough so he can turn around after getting in.
This is a heated cat house that will keep your outside cat warm and cozy all winter long. There is enough room inside for food, water and a bed. Inside the house the water will not freeze even when it is freezing outside.This is a heated cat house that will keep your outside cat warm and cozy all winter long. There is enough room inside for food, water and a bed. Inside the house the water will not freeze even when it is freezing outside.This is a heated cat house that will keep your outside cat warm and cozy all winter long. There is enough room inside for food, water and a bed. Inside the house the water will not freeze even when it is freezing outside....
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