As summer conveniently rolled into the milder heat of autumn, nature is bustling with brilliant colours to celebrate the harvest, and to make way for the holiday season which starts alongside winter.
Here is one particular idea which has long circulated the internet (so much so that we can no longer trace its original owner) is a rather effective shelter:
Reflectix (also known as Mylar blanket in survival stores) is a foil-faced material that reflects 97 percent of radiant heat (meaning the cats' own body heat will be reflected back at them) and it's easy to work with. Mylar or Reflectix can make a huge difference saving cats from freezing in extreme winter conditions. Using rubbermaid 189L bin, gorrila tape and some posters, she made a shelter large enough to house 5 cats, and it's cost was less than $50!
You can find her detailed instruction HERE.
Our October Charity of the Month: Alley Cat Allies has literally tons of diy feral cat shelter ideas to choose from.
One of the easiest ones comes from a fish or steak box. Talk about value added to the project- the cats get aromatherapy as well :) A colourful eye candy step-by-step instruction can be found on flickr HERE.
Whatever design you choose... here is a practical checklist of things to consider...