13/4/19 we received this message. 14/4/19 she came back for him, brought him to our vet & paid his bills. Because she sincerely wanted to help him. We pave her the way and she took it wholeheartedly. Our salute & respect to informers like this. To his rescuer if you're watching this.. Thank you😻😻. Rather than leaving 100% to us, she did her role. Another life was saved. At phatcathaus, we don't always have the funds, means, space or even transportation to rescue. You need to play the initial role to make it happen. Believe. Everything happens for a reason.
DIY COLEMAN COOLER WINTER CAT SHELTERS - HERE’S HOW! (Swipe left)
Here is another DIY winter shelter option. (These instructions will be saved in the DIY link in my bio.)
Get a Coleman cooler and cut two doors (one on the end and one on a long side. (The side door is an emergency escape door). Tape up the cut with a weatherproof tape or water will leak into the cut foam over time. Install cat flap doors and silicone them in place. I remove the hard plastic doors as feral cats don’t seem to like them. Tape polyvinyl curtains (with cut flaps) on the inside over the doors at an appropriate height to let the flaps pass through in and out easily but still cover the door. Put 1” foam R-rated insulation in the bottom and a 1/4” board on top of the foam as a floor (screw the board down). Cut a sheet of reflective foil pipe wrap/insulation to fit the floor and screw that down. Cover the reflective foil sheet with a piece of outdoor carpet to fit. (Don’t use regular carpet as it will stay wet and freeze the cat) Fill 1/2 way with straw (not hay) and burrow your arm in to make a spot to lay down in. The cat’s own body heat warms the cabin. The reflective foil pipe wrap reflects the cats body heat back to the cat. Be sure to cut a small 1” hole near the top in the end of the cooler on the opposite end from door flap to allow air circulation and to avoid condensation build up from the cat breathing (Some coolers might already have a drain plug... That will be perfect... if so, remember to cut the cap off the drain plug).
I built a deck for mine to get it 1 ft. off the ground but a Rubbermaid shelf does just fine.
If you are able to run electricity consider a K&H outdoor heated bed (installed under the carpet). More about outdoor heated beds in another post (coming soon).