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Albany/HV: Easy shelter for stray cats
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If you are concerned about strays in your area during the cold winter months, why not build a shelter for outdoor cats? Today, Lisa Chelenza will show you how to build a simple shelter in just a few minutes that will help keep feral cats and strays warm and dry in this edition of pet Pointers.

Building this shelter takes about 30 minutes and is easier than you think. You will need two plastic tubs. A large plastic storage tub with the lid and a smaller plastic tub that fits inside the larger one.

Sheets of foam insulation are cut to fit inside the larger tub. A sharp utility knife is used to cut through the plastic bins. Spray adhesive and low expanding Spray Foam.

Cut two entrance holes in the long sides of each tub at opposite ends, about two inches from the bottom. You want a hole on each side, like and entrance and exit, so there is always an escape route and cats won’t be trapped inside if the shelter tips over or an unwanted visitor shows up.

Use spray adhesive on one side of the pieces of foam insulation and stick them to the inside of the larger tub. Be sure not to cover the entrances. Place the smaller tub inside the larger tub, making sure to line up the entrances. Spray the foam insulation between the tub and foam at the narrow end for added insulation. Use a larger piece of foam on top of the interior tub and secure the lid of the larger tub.

Place the shelter in a dry area, against a tree or elevate it on boards to help prevent flooding. Line the interior with straw or shredded newspaper and replace it each week with new material. Towels or blankets will trap moisture and do not allow for burrowing.

To help lure cats into the shelter, try adding a touch of cat nip.

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