Furry naughty chat
My starting point was to choose the size of the green/inside container first since that was where the cat would actually be sleeping.
Containers like these are usually measured in “gallons”, but that’s not how I originally was thinking.
Then, I bought a container that had about that same space in length and width.
It was small: roughly 11 inches wide by 14 or 15 inches long and about 10 or 11 inches high.
The package of insulation was about 15” wide by 48” tall and contained several 1/2” thick sheets.
If your store doesn’t carry the same brand or size, that’s fine.
As you can see in the picture below, the grey container is larger than the green one. The green container is made of a very hard plastic.
As you will see in the instructions below, if I had to build another of these shelters I wouldn’t use another hard plastic container like the one pictured. The plastic grey container was perfect and cut without cracking.
The goal is to give the animal a dry, safe place to sleep and that’s it.
I simply chose the size of the grey Outer Container so it could hold the inside container with room to spare for insulation.
I’ve long since thrown away the receipt and label for it, but it’s a “Latching Tote” made by Sterilite. There is no “one size fits all” container that I can recommend because you probably have different places to shop than we do in Northeast Ohio. (Although if the outer container had been some bright neon color, I would have bought some brown or green spray paint for it.)Since one container was going to sit inside the other, I needed a clean, safe way for the cat to get in and out of the final shelter.
So, late in 2010, I decided to build an outdoor cat shelter for her.
We live in Northeast Ohio, and the winters can get rather brutal and cold.Hi, “Dad” here with a report on how I built an outdoor cat shelter for Mama Rose.