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Providing an outdoor shelter for community cats is one of the best ways to improve your community for all of its members! Not only do shelters provide cats a safe place to rest, they enable community cat caregivers to monitor their colonies’ wellbeing and easier predict cats’ location to practice Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). You can find options ranging from cost-effective DIY blueprints to pre-built cat condos all over the internet, or get creative and try your hand making your own unique cat shelter.

Buy the perfect feline home, organize a shelter building day with your community, or make a family event out of providing homemade shelters to community cats! Below are just some outdoor shelter options.

Learn what makes a good shelter for outdoor cats.

Looking for other ways to keep cats more comfortable outdoors? See our tips for winter, summer, and year-round care.

Pre-Built Cat Houses for Inclement Weather

K&H Outdoor Heated Kitty House

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Advantages: Waterproof vinyl backing, easy to assemble, 2 exits, thermostat-controlled, heated floor pad, comfy.

Disadvantages: Cost, not as sturdy as more permanent shelters, may not provide adequate protection from predators because of the materials used and large door openings.

Catio Furnitureâ„¢ Feral Cat House

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Advantages: Weatherproof, drain holes.

Disadvantages: Cost, may not accommodate more than one cat.

KatKabin

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Advantages: Lightweight, protects from the elements.

Disadvantages: Cost, not well insulated, complaints about cracking in outer plastic.
Special thanks to Modern Cat.

The Kitty Tube

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Advantages: Made from recycled materials, weatherproof, insulated, removable lid, easily cleanable, and comes with a “straw only” option.

Disadvantages: Cost, the pet bed option is not recommended for outdoor use.
Special thanks to The Kitty Tube.

Ark Workshop Outdoor Cat House

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Advantages: Sturdy wooden construction, spacious, available with add-ons such as insulation, another exit, door flaps and overhangs, and risers..

Disadvantages: We don’t recommend some of the bedding options such as cedar and pine shavings. The base price is reasonable, but once you include add-ons, it can get pricey!
Special thanks to Ark Workshop

Feral Villa

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Advantages: Durable wood and weatherproof shingles.

Disadvantages: Requires some tools for construction. *Check out the pre-made feeding stations available for purchase on the same site.
Special Thanks to Feralvilla.

Plastic “Igloo” Shelter

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Advantages: Pre-made and can be purchased at most pet stores.

Disadvantages: Wide door opening makes this shelter harder to insulate and guard against the wind. This also provides less protection from predators.

Easy DIY Feral Cat Shelters

Alley Cat Allies’ DIY Outdoor CAT Shelter

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Advantages: Inexpensive, easy to build and transport.

Disadvantages: Lightweight provides less protection from predators than a wooden structure.

Faux Rock Shelter

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Advantages: Available at most home improvement stores and garden centers, well camouflaged.Possible Drawbacks: Prefabricated rocks can be expensive, tools will be necessary to cut opening and attach base.

Disadvantages: Prefabricated rocks can be expensive, tools will be necessary to cut opening and attach base.
Special Thanks to CSUN Catpeople.

Styrofoam Cooler Shelter

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Advantages: Styrofoam cooler is available from hardware stores, grocery stores, restaurants, etc. Simple to make.

Disadvantages: Lightweight provides less protection from predators than a wooden structure. Cats may scratch Styrofoam. As with many of our low cost shelter options, this shelter is not weatherproof and will require more upkeep than some of the more permanent and professionally built shelters.
Try reinforcing this shelter by taping heavy duty lawn and garbage bags around the outside of it, to provide added protection from rain and snow.
Special Thanks to Indy Feral.

Spay And Stay Weatherproof Cat Shelter

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Advantages: Inexpensive, easy to build and transport.

Disadvantages: Lightweight provides less protection from predators than a wooden structure.
Special Thanks to Spay And Stay.

18-gallon PlasticTub Shelter

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Advantages: Inexpensive, easy to build and transport.

Disadvantages: Lightweight provides less protection from predators than a wooden structure.
Special Thanks to Community Cats Maryland.

Roughneck Home

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Advantages: Affordable, easily reproduced in quantity with commonly available materials and simple tools.

Disadvantages: Provides less protection from predators than a wooden structure.
Special Thanks to eRubbermaid.

Storage Container Shelter with flap

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Advantages: Affordable, door flap to help keep out weather, easily reproduced in quantity with commonly available materials and simple tools.

Disadvantages: Provides less protection from predators than a wooden structure.
Thanks to Dana Hudson Goldstein from VoteAnimals.org.

50-gallon Storage Container Shelter

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Advantages: Affordable, easily reproduced in quantity with commonly available materials and simple tools.

Disadvantages: Provides less protection from predators than a wooden structure.
Special Thanks to John V.

Plastic Cooler Shelter

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Advantages: Weather proof, pre-insulated, relatively inexpensive and includes an easy opening top for cleaning.

Disadvantages: Requires special tools for cutting an opening.

Corokitty Shelter

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Advantages: Stylish and well designed. Simple, inexpensive, durable materials. Weather resistant. Variety of designs that can be easily modified. Some designs can be attached together to create multi-unit shelters.

Disadvantages: Requires some degree of skill and access to toolslike a jigsaw for cutting. Not all design plans are completethe site is a work in progressso check back for updates.
Special Thanks to Chris Peterson.

Moderate DIY Winter Cat Shelters

Alley Cat Allies’ Inexpensive Do-It-Yourself Shelter

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Advantages: Sturdy design, can house multiple cats, provides protection from predators.

Disadvantages: Building requires a moderate degree of skill.

“Dog House” Shelter

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Advantages: Sturdy design, provides protection from predators.

Disadvantages: Building requires a moderate degree of skill.

FIVER Cats Raised Wooden Cat Shelter

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Advantages: Very sturdy, two exits, raised for potential high snowfall, can use water-resistant/proof material for roofing, small “porch” on front.

Disadvantages: Requires tools for construction, cost, larger size.
Special Thanks to FIVER Cats.

Camper Topper Shelter

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Advantages: Can house 10-15 cats, camper toppers are readily available for purchase.

Disadvantages: Requires some tools and moderate skill for modification.
Thanks to Friends of Felines in Sedgwick, Kansas.

Garden Shed as a Shelter

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Advantages: Shed is easily re-purposed and modified. Houses many cats and provides heating options.

Disadvantages: Requires larger space, availability of a shed, and moderate skill to install a cat door.
Special Thanks to Community Cats Maryland.

Lattice-Wrapped Porch

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Advantages: Easy to install, provides protection from predators and its intended purpose is not noticeable.

Disadvantages: Moderate skill level required to frame and apply lattice.
Special Thanks to Community Cats Maryland.

Faux Hedge Shelter

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Advantages: Accommodates more than one cat, inexpensive and easy to construct, provides privacy for cats and aesthetic consideration for neighbors.

Disadvantages: Not weatherproof, requires additional measures for cold weather use.
Special Thanks to Ellen Hart.