Building an outdoor cat house for your furry feline friend is a great way to ensure that he has shelter when you are not around to take him in from the rain, snow, or severe cold. The amount of time required to build this structure varies depending on the size and design of the house. There are free diagrams online which will show you what materials you need and how to construct one out of things laying around your garage.
How do you make an outdoor cat house for winter?
If you really need an outdoor cat house for your furry friend during the cold winter months, some thick Styrofoam, an old box, and some scrap carpet would be all you need to build one. You may choose to insulate the inside of the house with some extra materials that you have if it isn’t too large or too heavy.
If the structure is larger than your pet’s body length on both sides (height x depth), make sure to support it with internal bracing like thick beams. To make the insulation more effective against colder winds, place a tarp or sturdy plastic sheeting on one side; this will help block out some of the wind while making the interior’s temperature more comfortable. Make sure that there are no sharp objects or protruding areas on the exterior of the structure before you cover it with your insulating materials.
How do you build an outdoor cat house?
If these are not for sale where you live, use a few two by fours and some plywood to create walls that are thick enough to withstand wind and rain.
Be sure to paint all exposed wood surfaces before assembling the pieces. Once the basic structure is complete, place Styrofoam insulation between each wall inside; this will help keep cold air from seeping in during winter months.
You can also choose to line all interior surfaces with felt or heavy duty plastic sheeting (not tarp) which helps reduce drafts further; make sure to seal any screws or nails that secure this lining into place. To keep your pet’s house from blowing away in high winds, tie it down to a wall or pole with some rope or nylon straps.
To make the structure warmer and more comfortable, you can line the interior floor with carpet remnants (leave open areas around the edges to allow for better ventilation). Do not use felt or plastic sheeting on the inside floor; these items will retain moisture and create a very unpleasant living environment for your pet when they get wet.
How do you build a feral cat shelter?
If you are looking for an outdoor cat house to provide shelter for feral cats, there are free plans online which show you step by step how to build this structure. Make sure that the design is one that will keep your furry friends safe from any predators like dogs or coyotes (which may hurt or kill them).
The feral cat shelter should be large enough for at least 4-5 adult cats; it can be square, rectangular, or even circular in design (a simple cone shape also works great). The main goal of these structures is to protect your pets from cold weather and predators.
For extra protection against the elements, place old blankets inside before winter arrives; double up these makeshift blankets during harsh weather to ensure that your furry friends are nice and warm. You can also add a thick layer of mulch or straw on top to keep the interior from getting wet when it rains.
How can I keep my outdoor cat warm?
Okay, so you have an outdoor cat. You want to keep them warm in the winter months. What do you do?
1) Dig a cat sized hole away from your house under a shrub or bush where it will stay hidden. Line the bottom with some old blankets and straw for comfort. If it’s really cold, leave a small bowl of water out there as well.
2) Make sure that your kitty has access to dry shelter at all times – this could be an enclosed porch or garage space where they are not exposed to elements like rain & snow. If worst comes to worst, construct their own little igloo with straw bales inside (leave one side open for coming and going).
3) Try to distract your furry friends with plenty of high-energy cat food; this will help them stay more active and burn calories at a faster rate. Your outdoor cat might also love some of these tips: