Last winter our woodpile that held a makeshift cat shelter fell over. So, this winter I wanted to do it right for those poor kitties who have no place to go when it is freezing with snow on the ground.
This website shows an easy-to-make winter shelter for feral cats. Here is the finished shelter - which I have named Hotel S - the S for stray, and also my last name!
I lined the inside of the smaller container with this very inexpensive emergency blanket which looks similar to aluminum foil. It is supposed to take the heat from your body and keep you warm, so I'm hoping it works.
The Hotel is two containers, one inside the other. I used fleece to line the inner container. The foil is under the fleece.
The entire inner container is surrounded by polystyrene which can be purchased at Home Depot.
Here is Hotel S in place - a new roof was installed on the woodpile and the tarp completely covers the container.
Of course, there is a ramp to get to the hotel.
We have our first guest! This is Vivien - a stray that has been sleeping in my garage at night. She was in the woods and watched me put the hotel in place. Later this afternoon, I saw her going back to check it out. At least she will have a place to get out of the rain.