|Jesse demonstrates tub house|
Providing shelter for my formerly stray outdoor cats is a priority for me. As I mentioned in Part One, I put aside items throughout the year that I think will come in handy for the shelters. I make two sets: one inside my fenced yard where Chauncie Marie lives, and the other overlooking the open yard where a larger fur family of 5 resides. Let me preface the following by saying up front: It ain't pretty, but it does the job.
We begin by framing the back patio with extra large construction tarps, ceiling to floor. The north winds are strong, and create a whole lotta misery for me and the cats when they tear down tarp walls in the middle of the night. We now buy the kind with grommets and both tie and nail them into place. We also anchor the bottom with cider blocks, also tied into place.
Ray placed a huge plywood board across two saw horses and I added two small tables on either side, then covered it all with leftover carpeting.
Next I clip several brooder lamps to old cat trees and position them around the table. There is a lot of rearranging over the next few days as the cats jockey for position. Which cat will take what house? The blanket-wrapped red house originally belonged to Patsy, but then YumYum commandeered it for herself.
Beneath the table I placed an old cat carrier that was sacrificed a couple years ago to the welfare of the homeless who inevitably show up during winter.
|Winter 2011, the "homeless house" was appreciated|
Beneath the table I also added the bin bed-- used in Part One by Chauncie. After Chauncie's winter camp was all set, Hurricane Ray blew through and came up with options that released the bin bed for someone else to use, namely Patsy:
|Patsy getting comfy in her new bin bed|
|Nik demonstrates his purrsonal heat lamp technique|
I'm interested in what you've done to provide shelter for your outside strays, so feel free to leave a comment. And if you're a newbie when it comes to kitty camps, I'm willing to give advice on options for your own unique situation. Thanks for stopping by!
|Jesse, the wonder cat|