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Make Your Own Cat House

No, not that kind of cat house. I am talking about a house fit for a cat.

A poor stray kitty was hanging around our house, just looking for some love. The poor little guy was so beat up and scraggly. He is almost blind and very scared of people but he is also a real sweetheart once you get to know him.

So we thought we could build him a little house so he could live in comfort and style over the winter. My dad gave me some scrap wood. I made a simple box. Of course I had to put in a double pane window. That is made out of two pieces of plexiglass I got at home depot. When the sun shines, it really heats up in the house! And he can keep an eye on the outside world. I got an electric pet bed from Canadian tire. It is made just for pets and it doesn’t get too hot.

Also, I got a wireless thermometer from XS Cargo so I could see how warm it was in the house. The house is lined with carpet which I thought would be good enough for insulation. As it turns out, the house is not that warm at night. I may have to get another heat source and maybe beef up the insulation. A coworker suggested a low wattage light bulb. Someone also suggested that a thermal emitter, the kind used for reptile aquariums, might also work. I tried to make a flap to cover the door but sometimes it doesn’t close quite right. I also made a mattress for him to sleep on but sometimes he pulls it out of the way so he can sleep directly on the heating pad. Oh ya, the house also has a sliding door that can be opened up if it gets too hot (in the summer). I think the door also might be good for giving him some food when its -20 outside.

At any rate, Hungry Kitty, as we now call him due to his insatiable eating habits, just loves the house. I thought it would take him a few days to get used to it but he was right in there 10 minutes after I fnished building it!

More Pictures Added:

The heating pad was obtained from the pet store and is made specially for pets.

I also added some extra heating by using a low wattage light bulb, and some heating duct. I believe it is quite safe because the bulb hangs inside the duct so it doesn’t actually come into contact with any part of the house. The heat rises and flows into the house.

3 Comments

  1. Annie wrote:

    Hi Rob – I found your blog about Hungry Kitty because I just came up against the same situation. I have an uncaring neighbour that never lets their cat in the house and since they recently sold the house, I am 100% sure they are going to leave the kitty behind. So, I thought I do something like what you’ve done. I’m wondering about the heated kitty bed. I’d like to put one in mine too but I wonder about leaving it on all the time or how you deal with that. I think it’s fantastic how kind you’ve been to Hungry Kitty and hope he’s still with you!

    Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 11:03 am | Permalink
  2. rcarrelli wrote:

    Hi Annie, it’s so exciting to get an actual comment on my blog! The heated bed that I used was one from the pet store that is meant for pets. I think it is a lot safer for pets that using a regular heating blanket. I set it to low and left it on all the time. I put a few blankets on top of it so the kitty wasn’t sitting directly on the pad. Plus the house was in a covered area so it was protected from the rain. It seemed to be ok because it never got all that warm inside the house. It was just enough to keep it reasonably warm inside the house. But it got pretty cold (eg. -20 C) for a couple of weeks and it seemed to be not quite warm enough.

    I ended up adding some extra heating by using a low wattage light bulb, and some heating duct. I’ll add some more pictures of that when I get home.

    Hungry Kitty stayed in the house almost all winter. He seemed happy. But then one day he was gone. He seemed like a traveler so I think he might have just felt it was time to move on. Although he had it made living in that house. So now I have this cat house I no longer need. Feel free to come pick it up!

    Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 11:30 am | Permalink
  3. Craig wrote:

    Thank you for the information as I want to do the same thing. Is the cat house still available? If so where are you located (looks like Ontario to me)?

    Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 11:31 am | Permalink

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