SHELTER A CAT PROGRAM
We began the "Shelter A Cat" program to assist caregivers with their outdoor-only colony cats to help them endure the cold Oklahoma winters. Each shelter costs approximately $10 to make and depending on the size shelter and cat(s), it can house 1-2 cats. We do not sell these shelters but we do accept donations to help keep our program going so we can continue to save lives.
WHERE TO PLACE THE SHELTER
When deciding on where the best place to put the shelter, keep these things in mind.
Is it facing away from the direction of the wind?
Is it out of view of neighbors who may think its unsightly?
Is it away from an area that may flood?
Is it away from any harmful chemicals?
Is it away from any rain runoff from the roof?
Is it safe from predators?
The less attention drawn to the cats, the safer they will be in their new shelter. We always recommend painting the shelter to match the color of the surroundings.
WHAT TO USE AS BEDDING
As the saying goes "straw for strays", we recommend using yellow straw that has never been rained on. As tempting as it may be to use leftover fall decorations, if it has been rained on, the straw will contain mold which is unhealthy to use around animals. We also do not recommend using cotton blankets as they will soak up moisture and defeat the purpose. You can find yellow straw at your local feed stores for under $10. Be sure to use straw and NOT hay as it doesn't work as well to keep cats warm, is more expensive and is for feeding livestock.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN
Girl Scout Troop 2120 demonstrates here how to build your own cat shelters. Some supplies you will need is: Styrofoam box or plastic tote with a lid, hot knife or box cutter, marker, a 5-6 inch stencil to trace, hot glue gun, bale of straw and of course, a cat in need!
Thank you to the Girl Scout 2120 troops and troop leaders for helping us save the lives of cats by building us dozens of cat shelters.