When provided with adequate winter shelter, feral cats can thrive in even the most frigid regions.
Described here an example of inexpensive, do-it-yourself shelters that can be built in a matter of hours or less.
This model is well insulated, have minimal air space and waterproof.
- Plastic storage bin;
- Box cutter;
- 2-inch thick styrofoam cooler;
- 3-4 old blankets;
- Insulated reusable shopping bags;
- Duct tape.
1. Cut a square opening in the plastic storage container with your box cutters. (Prepare an extra large opening for big cats.)
2. Trace the square onto the styrofoam cooler and cut it out. Tape the rough edges before placing it inside the storage bin.
Perishable items like meat and fish are often shipped in Styrofoam boxes. The containers used to ship Omaha steaks are an excellent example. Styrofoam shipping boxes can be found at supermarkets, fish stores and butcher shops. Even vaccines are packed in them, so your veterinarian might be a good source as well. These well insulated crates can be easily transformed into feral cat winter shelters.
3. Cut up your insulated lunch boxes or shopping bags and tape them to line the storage bin.
In far north regions where extreme cold is often the norm during the winter, shelters can be made warmer by lining the interior walls, floor and ceiling with thermal blankets (lunch boxes are the best example ).
4. Fill any gaps with fuzzy blankets and tuck one into the styrofoam container.