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What is a feral cat house?

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A feral cat house is a shelter made for stray cats to provide protection from the elements and from predators. Feral cat shelters are made from wood, sturdy plastic or Styrofoam and are insulated with straw or another material in which cats can burrow. They are raised several inches from the ground, weighted to prevent blowing away, and sometimes have awnings or door flaps for further protection from cold, wind and rain.

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Alley Cat Advocates, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is an organization with a mission to reduce the stray cat population. The goal of the company is to humanely trap stray cats, to neuter them, and then return them to their outdoor home. Its website offers instructions for building simple feral cat shelters using either Styrofoam or Rubbermaid plastic bins. It advises that strong insulation and minimal air space are important for keeping cats warm. The website provides shelter size and placement suggestions, tips for reducing dampness, insulation ideas, and door specifications.

Alley Cat Allies, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, is a national advocacy organization with a mission to improve the lives of cats. It utilizes a Trap-Neuter-Return program and is nationally recognized for its dedication to the humane treatment of cats. As of November 2015, its website includes a Feral Cat Shelter Options Gallery. The gallery displays photographs, descriptions, links to purchase or download instructions, and advantages and possible drawbacks of more than 24 cat shelters.

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