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    In the Cat House, Help!

    OK, I need some collective wisdom from those who know.

    I am not a cat person because every cat we ever had got killed by some wild animal. No indoor/outdoor cats around here.

    I I just built a nice barn and I now have a cat, absolutely wild, that has adopted the barn. He/she won't come near me which is fine but I happen to be a softy so I do buy food and have great appreciation for all the mice and other varmin the cat controls in my barn. He can stay as long as he can stay alive.

    I am thinking about creature comforts for him because pretty soon it can go to 20 below zero around here. I am thinking about building a small shelter fot the cat but kicking around a bunch of ideas in my head and unable to come up with a plan.

    Talk to me if you have ideas. I am thinking a wild cat wants an entrance as well as an emergency exit. Not sure if it should be up off the ground, how high or if I should think about some sort of minor heat source. Maybe a short heat tape under the floor or even a light bulb left on 24/7 under the floor. I have old doggy beds that would probably feel like a Tempurpedic mattresses to a wild cat used to living in the woods.

    What do you think and please don't tell me to try to domesticate this feline and bring it in. It has been around here for two years now and will live a lot longer keeping the wild skills it apparently has.

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    Small box style enclosure and a small heated kennel pad. Did that for my barn cat. Never really saw him use it, but I think he did occasionally. Generally preferred to climb the extension ladder and sleep in the hay mow.
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    Some low cost ideas. May even have the needed supplies already laying around.

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    Maybe a short length of heat tape if there is elec. nearby.

    LOL. Just reread and saw your heat tape comment.. LOL. Blond moment.

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    You have a good plan, Gary. High with an entrance and exit, maybe facing barn's entrance so cat can scope out approach of possible threats. Heat tape seems like a very good idea. I had a feral adopt me like yours. The colder it got the friendlier the feral would get. Good for you.
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    I would get a cardboard box and put a bed in it. Cut doors and make it like a cave. Maybe sprinkle a little cat-nip inside to get them interested. My cats love cardboard boxes.
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    I would get one of these and cut a door at each end put clear plastic like on dog doors and this way you remove the top and clean. Shop Style Selections 18-Gallon Tote with Standard Snap Lid at Lowes.com

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    We have barn cats........ That's what we call them.. We have a 3' x 2' wooden box shelter I made with a small heat bulb.. We place food inside and the cats seem to enjoy it during cold weather..... OMM.

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    Cats are pretty adaptable to just about anything...even in upstate NY winters, if you have some hay or straw tucked away in a corner he will survive....we have two or 3 Tom Cats that hang around the neighborhood and on occasion I find them snoozing in my dog kennels whice{no dogs these days} is attached to my unheated large 2 1/2 car garage....they have been around for years....meanwhile the cat that adopted us last Christmas, since been spayed, sleeps in the basement, but spends most days outside regardless of weather and she seems to prefer it that way{as do we}..
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    Quote Originally Posted by old mad max View Post
    We have barn cats........ That's what we call them.. We have a 3' x 2' wooden box shelter I made with a small heat bulb.. We place food inside and the cats seem to enjoy it during cold weather..... OMM.
    I can also add, back wihen we lived on the farm in the 1980s...we had about 15-20 barn cats, more sometime, less others, spent those winters, which were brutal back in the 80s, in the barns with straw....they never need much more, as long as we fed them, and they could avoid the Airedales, they survived fine and dandy....
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