DIY: Cozy Shelter for Community Cats

Feel that nip in the air? See those leaves starting to tumble?

As the air turns crisp and leaves start to fall, it’s a fantastic time to embark on a heartwarming DIY project. Let’s create cozy shelters for our community cats – those free-spirited felines that add such unique charm to our neighborhoods.


What You’ll Need:

  • A large plastic storage bin.
  • A smaller plastic storage bin that fits inside the larger one.
  • Straw for insulation.
  • A utility knife. (Always use with care or ask for an adult’s help)
  • Duct tape.
  • Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Make a Door

First, draw a door on the side of both bins. It should be big enough for a cat to pass through but small enough to keep out the cold breeze. Once you’ve figured out the size and location, use your utility knife to cut out the door. Remember to handle the knife carefully.

Step 2: Insulation Time

Next, place the smaller bin inside the larger one. Fill the space between the two bins with straw. Straw is excellent at keeping warmth in and repelling water, which ensures the shelter stays cosy and dry. Important: Avoid using hay or blankets for insulation. Hay can attract pests and get damp, while blankets can absorb moisture and make the shelter cold.

Step 3: Secure the Bins

Now, align the doors of the two bins and use duct tape to seal the edges around the doors and any other gaps. This helps keep the wind and moisture from getting into the shelter.

Step 4: Put On the Lid

Lastly, place the lid on the larger bin to protect the shelter from rain and early snowfall.

And voila! In just a few steps, you’ve created a safe, warm place for our community cats. This DIY project is not only a fun and engaging activity, but also an act of kindness towards these independent creatures as we head into the cooler months.

It should look something like this!

In need of more guidance? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Check out this informative video for a step-by-step guide on building a cat shelter. Additionally, the Humane Society has an excellent blog post filled with tips and alternative methods. Let’s make a difference in our community, one cat shelter at a time!

Meow, Happy building!

About the Author:
Wyatt Baggett is the Marketing Associate at Young-Williams Animal Center. With over five years of experience working with shelter pets and a passion for animal welfare, he enjoys creating informative content for pet parents. When he’s not working, Wyatt enjoys hanging out with his three rescue dogs, thrifting, and hunting down the best eats around Knoxville.