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Outdoor Cat House

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    Find building materials. Outdoor cats need shelter from wind, rain, and cold. Use sturdy building materials or repurpose an existing container. Try these:
    • Plastic storage tub from a hardware store (about 35 gallons / 132 L)[1] (Easiest option)
    • Old doghouse from a friend or neighbor
    • Plywood or lumber (one 4 x 8 ft sheet, or assorted scrap)
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    • Keep the shelter on a covered, raised patio.
    • Stack the shelter on stacks of scrap lumber, concrete blocks, or other objects. The stack must be completely flat and sturdy. Surround it with heavy objects if necessary to prevent collapse.
    • Keep it on a sturdy plywood sheet raised off the ground by four 2x4s (38 x 89mm) legs attached with coated deck screws.
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    Create an entrance and exit. Cats prefer shelters with two entrances, so they can escape from predators sniffing in one.[4] Cut two 6 x 6""_ref-5""reference trusted""Link to Reference 5""#_note-5""ts_popup trustedsource""ts_popup_5""display: none;""ts_close""ts_trustworthy""/wikiHow:Delivering-a-Trustworthy-Experience""ts_name""ts_description""#""ts_source""_blank"" (5 cm) above the ground to prevent flooding from rain.
  4. If the house is raised, cut the entrance on a side with a ledge in front of it (from the plywood or stacked objects) so the cat can jump up to it. Cut the exit somewhere with no ledge beneath it, so predators can''s body heat.[6] You may line the floor with Mylar as well.
  5. Cut the foam with a utility knife.
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    Fill the house with burrowing materials. Put in plenty of straw, without blocking the doorways, for cats to burrow in for additional warmth. If you don''t afford one, use a ceramic or thick plastic dish and surround it with styrofoam.
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    Lure cats in with catnip. Invite feral cats into the shelter with a small amount of catnip just inside the entrance.
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    Indoor Cat House

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      Find several cardboard boxes. For an indoor playhouse, a cardboard or Styrofoam box makes an especially easy house. You can build your own from corrugated cardboard, poster board, or any other lightweight material, but an existing box will be much sturdier. If the box is smaller than 2 x 3 feet (60 x 90 cm), you''t use anything you want to reuse.
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    Cut a couple of doors. Use a utility knife to cut through one of the cardboard boxes. Each doorway should be 6 inches (15 cm) high to fit the cat comfortably.
    • Cut a couple of small windows or viewing strips if you want to watch the cat while it plays inside.
    • Glue rags or spare fabric over the doors and windows so you can give your cat some alone time.
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