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n One 4-ft. x 1/2-in x 8-ft. sheet of exterior
grade plywood or waferboard
n One 4-ft. x 8-ft. sheet interior paneling or thin
n One package roofing shingles or enough to
cover 8-sq. ft. roof
n Two 2-in. x 3-in. x 6-ft. untreated lumber
n Linoleum or other floor tiles (to cover 6-sq. ft.
n One quart exterior house paint
n Two medium hinges (“T” or gate hinges)
n Two in. flat head wood screws or grippers
n Four to nine bricks for foundation
n Small roofing nails (approximately 15)
n Fiberglass insulation (1 roll, or enough to
cover 14-20 sq. ft.)
Tools Needed (available at local hardware
store or tool rental):
n Electric screw driver
n Angle brace or T-square
n Staple gun
n Measuring tape
n Marking pen
Following is a list of things to consider before starting your project. These will help you determine what
you need to buy and how much work will be involved, and also provide a few helpful hints.
n How many cats do you need to house? This
number determines how many shelters to
build. Keep in mind that not all cats are likely
to use the shelter, or at least not all at the
same time. This shelter should probably house
no more than five to seven cats at once. You
can adjust this plan to make a larger shelter,
or build more than one shelter as needed.
n Be sure to make the shelter small enough for
transport in your vehicle. The shelter size
described here will fit in a standard size car
trunk with the trunk lid open.
If you live in a climate that gets very cold, we
recommend that you use insulation as
described in the plans.
BUILD AN INEXPENSIVE CAT SHELTER
Alley Cat Allies strongly recommends that feral cat colonies have proper protection from inclement weather.
Following are detailed instructions needed to build a feral cat shelter. These building plans are recommended
for use throughout the United States. For