How to build a shelter for stray cats

By Dorothée Pâris Pasturel • 7 April 2020

In the winter, temperatures can quickly drop very low. These extreme conditions can make it difficult for stray cats to live and survive.

Have you seen a kitty around your house? Would you like to help it to stay warm and safe for the winter?

Follow these few steps to easily (and cheaply!) build a good shelter:


  1. Choose two large plastic bins of different sizes, in order to nest them one inside the other. Here are the two bins we bought: 40L and 68L.
  2. Use the right materials to insulate your shelterstyrofoam (polystyrene) or straw (it is important not to use hay).
  3. Make a small 6-inch opening, not larger than the width of the whiskers, on the side of the shelter (not in the middle, because the cold would enter everywhere).
  4. You can add a fleece blanket on the floor of the shelter.
  5. Place your shelter in a quiet and remote area.
  6. Raise your shelter and place it on pieces of wood. This is to prevent snow or water from seeping in and to better conserve heat.
  7. Consider putting some weight on the shelter, such as a board or stones. This way, during storms, it will be stable and will not fly away.




For a more visual example, here is a detailed video:

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