Every year - especially Fall/Winter - concern about providing shelter for cats becomes a common topic. Following is how you can make an inexpensive shelter from a tote and styrofoam. Also links to several sites with lots of ideas and variations worth looking at.

More Resources for ideas:


Alley Cat Allies  http://www.alleycat.org/ShelterGallery

a list of several options from Ready Made to Build your own (Easy | Moderate | Advanced)



All About Spay Neuter  http://www.allaboutspayneuter.com/shelters.html

links to ready made and do-it-yourself options (the link to "Shelters for Special Situations" has photos and instructions for some good ideas/options)



It also has a link to eRubbermaid.com's "Roughneck Homes" Program  http://www.erubbermaid.com/roughneck-homes


The Roughneck Homes Program  offers access to wholesale pricing on 2 of the most popular Rubbermaid Totes used for creating safe feral cat shelters. The site also has step-by-step instructions on building "Roughneck Homes" and links to other sites for building shelters



The Wild Ones  http://www.thewildones.net/raccoons.htm  built one with 'raccoon-proofing' in mind



As you can see from many of these sites, the tote type shelter is very common:

Humane Society of Hobart  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2995909745126&set=o.200162056677350&type=1&ref=nf



Outdoor Pet House  http://www.outdoorpethouses.com has prebuilt options (located in Bellingham, WA they offer FREE shipping on all houses)



Of course Petfinder.com is always a good resource:

Winter Care and Safety  http://www.petfinder.com/helping-pets/feral-cats/winter-care-feral-cats/   the shelter link in this article is broken …



and a big THANK YOU! to everyone on the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project's group page for all the input and feedback on shelter ideas.


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eRubbermaid.com's Roughneck Homes Program”  offers access to wholesale pricing on 2 of the most popular Rubbermaid Totes used for creating safe feral cat shelters.

18-gallon tote $6

36 -gallon tote $11


The site also has step-by-step instructions on building "Roughneck Homes" and links to other sites for building shelters

Camouflage can be important when setting up shelters for feral colonies. Check out Ashot K’s Shelters for Special Situations. An AC duct is transformed into a shelter can be perfect for colonies in urban areas



Tile pallets, wooden pallets,

and a bread basket (the large plastic ‘trays’ bread is delivered in) round out options for shelters of various sizes for various needs.