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All animals need shelter and of course we at HSO hope all your animals are inside where it is safe and warm at night. We do know there are neighborhood cats and other cats that primarily stay outside, though, and we have found a wide array of options for keeping them warm and dry. You also want to remember that these outdoor cats will consume more calories as they try to stay warm in the winter, so be sure they have plenty of food available, as well as a source of water. You may need to check it several times a day to make sure it hasn’t frozen over or put a heated water bowl out.
Shelters for outside cats can have hay, straw, shredded newspaper, or blankets for additional warmth. There are also outdoor safe heating pads available. We suggest you not put hay, straw or newspaper in the shelter if there is a heating pad in use.
This photo series is courtesy of Alley Cat Allies and shows a very simple and inexpensive cat shelter that is made from a plastic storage tub and this video shows a similar shelter being constructed. Simple and inexpensive!