Sunday, October 14, 2012

Insulated Outdoor Cat Shelter for Feral Cats

This is Eva. She got dumped off here last spring.
Although she is somewhat feral, with patience and kindness,
she is starting to come around.

She has taken to sleeping in a little bed outside of my studio on the covered porch.
With cold weather upon us, I started looking online for instructions on building an insulated house for her.

I came across this step by step YouTube video with detailed instructions on how to make an insulated outdoor shelter out of a cooler! Jerry immediately whipped up two of them out of a couple he had on hand.

Eva took to it right away. Now she will be safe, cozy and warm all winter long.
We put the other one in the barn and think that Ja Ja is already using it too.

We will continue to try to get her to come inside at night, but until she is ready, she has this wonderful new house. It's a marvelously simple and economical way to provide shelter for your outdoor kitties.

Evie definitely gives it her seal of approval.

and Eva


  1. What a brilliant idea! And tell miss Eva I think she is a very beautiful cat. ;)

  2. OOOOH, this is wonderful!!! Yes! I have been looking around everywhere for an idea for our outside "foster Kitty" Mr. Gray. This sounds awesome and we will definietly give this a shot!!!

    Eva, by the way, is GORGEOUS indeed! She reminds me of a Maine Coon actually and looks very much like our cat Sabrina who passed away a few years ago.

    Much love,


  3. Eva has gotten so big since we saw her in July. It's obvious she is flourishing with you and Jerry caring for her. The cooler is a purrfect idea!! Hurray for Jerry and his Cooler-Cutting skills. You two are wonderful. Give Evie a pat from Auntie Robin. Hugs.

  4. what a great idea! we have dozens of old coolers in the garage that are not getting any use and we have lots of feral cats in our small town.

  5. Thanks everyone for your comments and for complimenting EVA! She is as sweet as she is beautiful too. I hope some of you can utilize this idea. It is a great one for sure!

  6. My heater guy was just here. He's got cats and suggested a kitty door over the opening. He got one for entry from the house onto his screened porch for his cats. We will look into it. :-D

  7. What a gorgeous girl she is, your Eva! I bet she is going to love her little hideaway...great idea and great job! :)


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