Built Feral Cat House – Holds 4 – Winter Shelter – How To Build – 2 Story Cat House

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Built An Outdoor Feral Cat House – Houses 4 Cats – Insulated For Winter – Canyon Lake Texas

Cats were fixed, vaccinated and ear notched.

Cat House Dimensions
Overall Box & Porch Dimensions: 48" Long X 24" Wide X 65" Tall
Box Dimensions: 32" X 24"
Porch Dimensions: 16" X 24"
Floor to Top of Porch: 24"

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34 Comments on “Built Feral Cat House – Holds 4 – Winter Shelter – How To Build – 2 Story Cat House”

  1. That’s just precious. We have either 4 or 5 here that I see coming to eat the scraps I put out for them. Most of the ones here are very feral and won’t let us get close to them, so we just watch them out the window as they come and go. I’m fixing to put something outside for them this Winter too. It won’t be as nice like the kitty condo you have , but maybe we can build one like that next year. Gotta protect all the fur babies whether they are officially ours or not.

    1. You should try to get them fixed. TNR is what it is called. Your colony can grow extremely large, extremely fast without them getting fixed. Lots of places have discounts/vouchers to help cover the cost of fixing ferals. ==== thanks for helping the cats!!!

    2. it would be a good idea to find out if you have a trap/neuter/release program in your area. some people will do this for free or low cost to help with the over population problems.

      i found a mom and litter living under the neighbor’s back porch.

      i waited until i could see that the kittens were somewhat independent before starting the trapping process…i trapped the mom and she escaped the trap once. the 2nd time she was caught we got her to the vet to be spayed…she bit the nurse so we had to report it to the dpt of health. we put her in a cage in our bathroom. in the morning she was gone! she had broken the cat carrier and broke through a window screen. the nurse had to have rabies vac.

      i was able to trap the Tom Cat and get him neutered…that was an unexpected surprise! i was just looking to get mom and her kittens and apparently he was still lurking around. he is now neutered.

      I waited so long to start trapping that the kittens started to go off on their own or were killed :-(… one kitten remained in the area. i found her crying and looking for her mom and litter mates. i tried to catch her 3 times but she was too lightweight to spring the trap. finally, i watched her enter the trap and then made a loud noise to startle her to get her to jump and possibly spring the trap! it worked!!!!!!

      We brought her inside to socialize her. it’s been a month of really hard work but she is now a gorgeous sweet little kitten that we can pick up sometimes. we bought a large dog cage where we put litter, food, water, bedding, a carrier for hiding and lots of toys. we just let her out of the cage and she and our other rescue are having a blast together.

      we named her Bindi…which is an intersting story.

      When we found her, there was a hole in her forhead where a Botfly larvae had made a home. she apparently had been able to expell it but the hole had not healed. we gave her medical care and she is fine. if you look up the word Bindi it is the red dot that Indian women put on their forhead..which is right where the Bot Fly hole is/was…anyway, i thought that was pretty cool. i didn’t know the meaning until after I named her.

      The moral of the story is…def. get them neutered and get help. it’s harder than you might think!

  2. I have 5 feral cat I taking care off outside in New Jersey it get very cold here in the winter, I wish I can have something right this for them . Great work to you and your husband 👍🏽🤗

    1. ratana appignani The Kitty Tube Cat House could be an option for your kitties, i got 4 for my ferals and they love them.

    2. ratana appignani The Kitty Tube Cat House it has a web site, is ready, you don’t have to build anything. But build a shelter is not that difficult either, is a lot of tutorials about how to make cat shelters with the plastic boxes that walmart sales por example, or for more improvise shelter you can get a small heavy duty box , put double or triple bottom and walls , so the cold it doesn’t get trought and wrapped with a thick garbage bag por protect them for rain or snow, we are going to have very low temperatures so it will be terrible for them be out there wit no shelter, good luck honey.

    1. Yes, both cats are fixed, vaccinated and ear notched. We trapped several other feral cats behind our house and would take them to a place in Boerne Texas that fixes and vaccinates feral cats really cheap. We would then release the feral cats back behind our house. Here is more information on the feral cats behind our house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh5ZdKG21PI

    1. Yes, both cats are fixed, vaccinated and ear notched. We trapped several other feral cats behind our house and would take them to a place in Boerne Texas that fixes and vaccinates feral cats really cheap. We would then release the feral cats back behind our house. Here is more information on the feral cats behind our house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh5ZdKG21PI

  3. That’s great that you’ve built this shelter for them, but please get them spayed/neutered so that they aren’t running around making babies. Shelters are insanely over populated.

    1. Both cats are fixed, vaccinated and ear notched. We trapped several other feral cats behind our house and would take them to a place in Boerne Texas that fixes and vaccinates feral cats really cheap. We would then release the feral cats back behind our house. Here is more information on the feral cats behind our house: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jh5ZdKG21PI

  4. I feed 12 cats, including my 3 and am about to adopt another one of the ferals whose littermate got run over. Costs me $ 100 a month in cat food but I won’t let them starve. My 3 were born at my building all all 12 are neutered or spayed, i’ve had a number of strays in the past that I adopted, not including a couple of girlfriends.😜

    1. George Senda I’m just saying Thank you. I love cats and they are my life and as I call them my kids. I feed 1 feral cat (male) I have 3 outdoors too. All male cats 2 been fixed except the feral and 1 of mine. I have more in the house all fixed. My life revolves around my kids. Every blanket I get winds up being theirs. They are separated they have there own rooms. Some just don’t get along. It’s alot of my time 2 times aday feeding and cleaning. I spend 200. A month. Food and litter, plus paying back of credit card for getting them fixed and shots.

  5. Two new cats showed up a couple of months ago. Pretty One, a tortoise shell who now lets me pet her and Squakues, an orange tabby who has a little kitten like cry for food. He runs up to me when I call at feeding time but immediately runs away if I get near him.

  6. Of course I am stunned by your design and attention to detail but I am super impressed by your ability to get them to go inside the shelter.
    Because I live in the Midwest, I knew that winter was approaching and I wanted to be prepared with a shelter for a family of cats that someone that lived in the building just left behind when he moved. So, these Mom, Make cat and two tiny kittens are not feral at all in fact, they crave human attention.
    I found a person that builds totally insulated dog houses and I ask if he would be willing to modify his design slightly to make a cat house for me.
    He liked the idea and his price was extremely low so I did it.
    However, even if I place their food inside, they would not go.
    If you have any advice for me please let me know.
    The one comment I like to share with you is that I initially did exactly what you are doing and I placed old towels and an old sweatshirt on the ground and the animal control people told me that I should not because once it gets wet it is uncomfortable for the cats and to use straw instead. Of course because your shelter is high enough fir you to check every day, you might be ok with the towels but I just wanted you to know what they asked me to do and I did. They also told me that on cold days this hay keeps them very warm and in hot summer days it cools them of.
    Your husband is very talented and your good nature is amazing.

    1. do you have a local shelter to ask for advice? i can’t believe that food doesn’t work. if they are not feral i suggest you buy a dog cage,then trap and take them inside. once neutered, you can re-home them or find someone who fosters cats. thank you for caring so much…sometimes local shelters will loan out traps and also provide low cost neuter/spay/vaccinations

  7. Or. . You can save money and buy dog houses from thrift stores, yard sales and local sales in the paper. I made a great shelter for a mother cat and her two kittens but she never uses it.

  8. I have a small clowder of feral babies I care for in my neighborhood in Pittsburgh – Just want to say, God Bless you!

  9. I feed a small colony of cats plus have rescued a bunch that live with me. I build them all cat beds out of Rubbermaid containers and stuff with straw but this is pretty amazing!! Thank you for your compassion!!! I hope this video inspires people to do more…

  10. Thank you for sharing that and for the inspiration. The design is lovely and well thought out and your hearts are amazing! Thank you for taking care of these sweet souls 🙂

  11. An old camping ice chest makes a good shelter too. Its already insulated and easy to cut a entrance hole. I find them at thrift stores, flea markets and sometimes on the side of the road. Thanks for loving ferals and getting them fixed.

  12. They are precious and are thankful. Thank you. What I do is feed 2 times a day. Morning and evening. Then take the bowls away. They know what time is feeding time everday.

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