23 September 2016

DIY Outdoor Cat Shelter

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hi everybody welcome to cats and pets

today we're building an outdoor cat shelter and I actually built a shelter for a cat at work last winter and I recorded it all but I'm just now getting it up so with that let's hop right into it alright so the first thing you're gonna need is an outside storage container what I have here is like a 44 gallon rugged tote brand storage container and next we're gonna need interior storage container - 66 quarts and I'll talk about these more in a little bit then you're gonna need a sheet of half-inch foam board or insulation board these are sold in four by eight sheets at Lowe's then you're gonna need some duct tape because you can't do a new project without duct tape let's be honest you also need a pair of box cutters maybe even like a steak knife or a paring knife as well a sharpie to mark some things a measuring tape or maybe even a yardstick if you have that whatever works also a hairdryer I kid you not this is gonna be really really useful later and get yourself a bunch of straw finally I like to listen to music while I work so if you have a speaker go and grab that alright so quick note about the tubs

there's really nothing special about these you're really just gonna need a big container and a small container the small container really needs to fit inside the big one and you need enough space like around the outside that you can put your like insulating material like your foam board around the outside you're gonna want a several inch gap here that way you can put foam on the top and bottom of your interior container ideally my inside container would be the same like rubbery material as the outside one but I couldn't find a good one that would actually fit inside my outside one alright so time to get started on this piece and I recorded this whole thing like on a tripod and also on my GoPro that way there's like really easy to see what I was doing and how I was doing it so the first thing we need to do is cut it insulated piece for the bottom so put your outer container a little bit off the edge of the corner or mark along the outside make sure you give yourself a little bit of wiggle room because this be going inside of the box so you don't make it too big and then using your box cutter cut along where you mark

including this like longer clip here to show that he doesn't just slice through like it takes you several time so like cutting cutting cutting before it's scored enough where you can actually break it easy but starting now and throughout almost speed things up because we don't have all day after you've scored several times just lift it up and pop it with your knee and boom it's easy so the next step we're going to work on is the sides so this part is easy enough just get one of your squares kind of stick it inside there and Mark along the edge and that's where you'll cut now this might be a problem later on and it was for me so it kinda pins on whatever your inside container is after you finish your first one use it as a template to mark and cut your other side and with that you'll have your two sides done now you just need to work on the front and back alright so we're going to kind of eyeball this next part keep one of your squares and kind of hold with your chest on the outside edge and kind of eyeball like where it will fit in between your two sides and the draw line as straight as possible up or in my case a not so

straight line and as far as height goes same tricks before stick it inside and Mark it with your sharpie then cut and snap and then slide it right in and it should make a nice rectangular box with your two wall pieces so then I decided to do a little test front of my interior container and this is where I realized I messed up and this might happen to you or it might not I realized that the outside lip of my interior container was like pretty big making my walls too tall and leaving this gap in the corners but this is an easy enough fix just use your inner container as a guide to figure out how much you need to cut off all your edges and with a little marking cutting and trimming you'll be back in action after all that you just need your last wall all you need to do is copy the one from the other side with all that done now you just need to do the roof if you have enough room just trace that outline of your laid cut that piece out and stick on the top but my inner container is slightly too tall so I had to improvise I got a scrap a foam board and kind of trimmed it down so it fit on the inside of the lid and then I got my old pal of

duct tape and just like taped it across over and over and over again with a lot of duct tape because that's cheap I wanted to stay on there forever and then boom I had an insulated lid alright so now we need an entrance for a kitty and some people say you need like an entrance and an exit like a way for them to get out I see they kind of play that by ear you can start out with one entrance and the cat's not going in it then cut a second one so what we want is like a six inch by six inch hole so key your yardstick or your measuring tape or whatever and market out there Sharpie important thing to remember is to keep it a couple inches above the ground because you don't like water or anything like seeping in there then get out your box cutter and start working your way through and it might take a little bit just have patience it'll get done next is to cut it entranceway into the foam board let's take your front piece in and use your outside container as a guide at this point I grabbed a knife from the kitchen that we can actually cut all the way through your foam board because you don't be like me and sacrifice a piece

of foam board because you try to score and then punch it through lastly we have the interior container which might be the hardest part use what you have already to mark where you need to cut all right so this is where the hairdryer comes in we're gonna use the heat to make a plastic softer and easier to cut through big thing here is patience you're gonna have to heat heat heat heat and then cut a little bit and heat some more cut a little bit more it slowly work your way through the box and I won't show it all because it takes a while but trust me the hairdryer helps if you have one the rubber containers at your inside container you don't even have to worry about this if you finish and your edges still feel a little sharp just use some duct tape to kind of smooth it down just make sure you press it down enough so it's not sticking to any kitty fur so once you stick your inner container in you should have a nice straight path all the way through and your foam board should make a nice rectangular insulated box and last but not least is to fill your shelter up with that just put on your inner and outer lids and with that your shelter is

not a few things here I like to put a cinder block or something too heavy on top to make sure that lid stays nice and secure on top also make sure you look up stuff about shelters in your area I know that some of the colder climates like the cheaper plastic will crack and not work very well so there you go I wish you all the best luck in your building and if you're just trying to make a bed for a cat outside or something make sure you look at whatever materials you're going to use because some stuff like newspaper can actually pull heat away from your cat's body it's not a good thing when you make a cat bed but my personal opinion is to go all out and make a nice full shelter also this isn't the only way to build a shelter there's like thousands of ways I'll link something down in the description below from alley cat a lies it's a sight that has like 40 different ways you can build a shelter so good luck and thanks for doing what you're doing if you're new here make sure you subscribe thanks for watching and I'll see you next time