Many stray and feral cats in Spokane are being fed by concerned cat advocates on a daily basis. A lot of these cat lovers are also building little cat shelters for these cats to take refuge in from the winter weather.
A popular and inexpensive sanctuary for these cats is made of a large storage bin with a lid. To make this haven you will also need a rotary-type of cutting tool, goggles (for yourself), a permanent marker and blankets.
After you have purchased the storage bin, place the container on the ground, lid side up. Next, draw the outline of a door near to the base on one of the shorter sides.
Assemble the cutting tool with one of the circular cutters.
Be sure to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying plastic.
Turn the cutting tool on and start carving out the doorway. Go ahead and let the plastic, the cutter to cut through, lift it out and then cut through the next portion, instead of running it along the outline.
With the doorway cut out, substitute the circular cutter with one of the small sanding wheels.
Use the sanding wheel to even the edges all the way around the doorway.
Now, make a snug and comfy bed inside with some warm blankets. Place the shelter under and overhang or even on your porch.
The blankets coupled with the cat's own body heat inside the plastic container, will keep the kitty warm and dry all winter long.
Just be sure to replace the blankets on a weekly basis.
Make sure this cat has a constant supply of fresh water and food. . Feeding him/her more canned food in the winter will help keep body fat up, which will also help the feline stay warm.
In the event of an arctic cold snap, setting the cat up in the garage with a litter box, food and water will help him/her survive the severe storms