Makeshift Outdoor Cat House--Suggestions Plz?
Hello everyone, I'm a regular at the KT forum & occasionally lurk here.
I've been taking care of a stray for awhile now. As much as I want to, I can't bring him in the house to live for reasons I can't go into right now. I already have 2 indoor rescue kitties for approx 8 years. Mama & her baby. Lost my 3rd beloved 20 yr old gentle sweetest boy ever a year ago.
Anyway, I need to get a small "insulated" dog/cat house quickly before the weather gets too bad. I'd love to get something like an igloo, but really can't afford that right now.
I'm thinking maybe a plastic trash can laying on it's side filled with straw or some type of warm bedding material??? and maybe another covering over that to keep out rain or snow that can be tied down to the deck. He also needs to have either an escape route or a long narrow entrance since we have racoons, possums, skunks etc. & the ocassional neighborhood harassing dogs, so he can protect himself.
I am not handy to build a dog/cat house. The one we had for him didn't make it thru late last summer after a bad storm & downed trees took it out. Also, I have not been seeing any igloo types on Craigslist... except the very large ones.
Many Shelters here are not taking in many "foreclosure"/strays anymore because of the overcrowding, so I'm afraid if I brought him in they'd just euthanize him--and there's no reason to do that to such a sweet kitty. It took him long enough to trust me to let me pet him without hissing or getting scratched or bitten. He even brings me his latest prized mouse catch de jour as a present. I'd love to see him examined, neutered, vacinated & then released back to me to live on our property, but as I said finances just can't cover that right now.
ANY SUGGESTIONS/IDEAS FOR CAT HOUSING WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
At least he's getting food, water, and lots of petting & loving. He waits by the door daily to get his goodies & will headbutt the door when he sees me. I feel so guilty that I can't bring him in to join my other two girls, but DH & I are in a real transitional situation right now.
TIA ~~ kat