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Winter Community Cat Shelter

Community Cats do best and are most comfortable with living outdoors. As the weather gets colder, you can help them out by making a shelter where they can stay safe, sleep, and keep warm.

Watch the video above from our friends at Alley Cat Allies to follow a step-by-step DIY outdoor cat shelter.

What You’ll Need

  • A large plastic tub (approximately 30 gallons)
  • A small plastic tub (approximately 20 gallons)
  • Box cutter
  • Straw (NOT hay)
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Hair dryer
  • Thin slab of Styrofoam
  • Plastic flowerpot (Choose a flowerpot that does not taper too much at the bottom, because this will be turned into an entrance later.)

Winter Shelter Tips:

  • Place the shelter out of harm's way or face the entrance towards a wall so only cats can get in or out.
  • Weigh down the shelter and place it on a raised and slightly slanted surface. Bricks can be used on top and underneath the shelter. The slant will help water from pooling on top of the shelter.
  • Be sure to use STRAW NOT HAY to line the bedding. Straw is dried out and works well for building nests and providing cushioning for animals to sleep in. It is not moist like hay and is unlikely to mold.

For more information contact Patti Hack at or 915-532-6971 ext. 135