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DIY Cat Shelter: Protect community cats this winter

With a few inexpensive materials and just a little bit of time, you can make a difference in the lives of community cats.

From CleanItSupply.com, "Roughneck Homes" provide a safe and secure living environment for stray cats where they can be protected against harsh environmental elements and predatorial dangers.

• Depending on the climate, shelter may actually be more important for survival than food.

• A dry, wind-proof shelter can do a large part in fending off frostbite in the ears and paws from elements such as freezing winds, snow and rain.

• While feral cats typically build a thick protective coat for winter, the effectiveness of their fur as insulation is greatly reduced as it becomes wet or frozen and can often times result in hypothermia.

Click here to download instructions to build a "Roughneck Home."

Often cats will resist entering a shelter with only one exit as it puts them in a vulnerable position to predatory dangers. You may need to cut additional holes on the opposite side to incentivize colony cats to use your Roughneck Home.

As the cats grow accustomed to their new shelter, it may be desirable to add additional protection from wind or other elements by placing a door flap made of heavy plastic or vinyl to each entrance of your Roughneck Home.

Find more DIY cat shelter instructions at alleycat.org/resources/feral-cat-shelter-options-gallery.

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