We recently moved to the country where we absolutely love it. It's our first winter here - we're in Manitoba and get the coldest of cold. I'm astounded by the number of unkept cats around here - all little lost boys and girls. One in particular has chosen our back door for refuge but for now my choice is not to keep a cat in the house. I've browsed through the above thoughts on helping outdoor cats survive through winter and have made what I think is a suitable bed. I used an old Coleman cooler (I had 3!) - what insulates better than that! I cut a hole for entry, and lined it with a fleece blanket using a glue gun. It stands upside down, and it will be easy to intermittently open it up to check the heating pad on low inside an old pillow. I put it under our deck - the spot the cat chose initially because as well as being very protected it is also right by the return air outlet from the basement. I'll follow your feeding tips and hopefully pussy will keep warm in the cooler!
Colony Cats (& dogs) - Cold Weather Tips
If you have feral cats in your yard and you have electrical outlets outside, you can put a heating pad in the sleeping box. Cut a small hole in the end of the box, feed a waterproof outdoor electrical cord through, and place a heating pad between the carpet square and blanket. Turn it on to a low setting and use a timer to have it come on at dusk and go off the next morning. Be sure to place it in a dry, covered area like on a porch, covered patio, storage shed, etc. The cats will stay toasty and warm even on the coldest nights. Be sure to check the heating pad regularly for wear and tear, and replace it when needed.
K&H Extreme Weather Kitty Pad™ & Cover - Outdoor Heated Cat Beds
Heated cat beds come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the bed type your feline prefers. Does your cat have a favorite hideaway or perch? Love napping outdoors? A heating pad could be the perfect solution for colder weather, allowing your cat to keep to its normal resting spaces, with the added bonus of a warm pad to curl up on.
How We Made Heated Outdoor Cat Shelters - Cats In My Yard
Heated Cat Beds, Buy A Heated Cat Bed, or Cat Heating Pad For Indoor or Outdoor Cats this winter! Find out which are best and why Vets recommend them to ease aches and pains and even to boost your cat's immune system.I was reading your post because I wondered if I could use the straw, which I do use now with the new K&H extreme weather heating pads I just bought. I was concerned about fires but it seems you use both straw and the pads. I have ‘doors’ also on my shelters to help keep the drafts and cold out and they are find with them. I am getting cat doors to install to give even better protection. Where did you get that large black plug connecter? I need to plug in 3 things in a 2 thing outdoor outlet. I also bought a heated water bowl since water is already freezing here. Thanks for any info.