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    We got our cat 3 years ago when it came on our homestead from places unknown during the winter. For a while it did fine outside until it got cold. Real cold. At 20 below we noticed it looking in our window on a daily basis. You could feel the sense of urgency in its face, even though we were feeding it by that time. We made it a box outside and lined it with bedding and blocked it from the wind which it used every night. It got colder, and we cracked the door open and it would come in...for just a second...then it would run back outside again. It knew it was flirting with death from the relentless cold and yet it was afraid. Face the cold or face these people was its choice.. Eventually the cat figured out we meant it no harm, it moved in on a permanent basis and its been spoiled ever since.

    Well a new cat has been on patrol this year. We saw it on the edge of our lawn which melds into wilderness a few times this fall before the snow fell. We had hoped it had a home and was just visiting...but the tracks in the snow tell a different story. I knew it would be okay for now...but when it gets colder this winter it will face the timeless drama of the forest, the classic fight for survival.

    Well our cat though it loves us to pieces doesn't play well with other critters. Its extremely jealous. So I felt for this stray and decided my homestead project would be a house to save it from the cold. Without plans other than some thoughts I headed off to the lumber yard.

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    I started to build thinking I want to keep this light so its easy to move and small so it can be heated with just a light bulb. My shop is pretty full with projects already but I found a corner and built the floor and the walls.

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    Using 2 by 2's for framing I filled them in with sheet foam insulation and since I had some ceramic tile materials on hand already that were itching to be used I laid the flooring. I like tile work. All the floors in my house are tiles I laid except for one room that is solid oak plank.

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    I got a little carried away on sealing up the bottom under the floor when I put on aluminum diamond plate. I should have asked what that cost before I made the order and its possible I would have come up with a cheaper solution. The plate has square aluminum tubing bolted to it to raise it off the ground just a tad.

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    For the ceiling I cut latticework into 2 pieces that can lifted and moved through the door to access the light. I had some grey grout laying around so I filled in the tiles.
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    The light for heat was installed above the latticework, which will keep the critter down below and yet allow circulation for warmth. A 60 watt bulb should do the trick...but I'll test it out with a thermometer inside over the next few days. At one time we used to have geese here. I built a 8 by 8 foot insulated shed and we kept them in there for the coldest part of the winter and heated the thing with a 100 watt light bulb and it never got below 30 F. I predict this little building to be toasty warm.
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    I lined the inside of the roof and gable ends with galvanized sheet metal for fireproofing.

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    To be continued....

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    for having tile in all your house your tile grout work is very uneven. good enough for a cat tho.
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    Jim, had you made it 3' longer you could have rented it to me. You are an outstanding craftsman, nice work.

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    That's a fine looking "Cat House" Sir!! Your kind indeed.
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    i take back what i said about the grout lines, my monitor was acting up. sorry about that. looks great!
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    How about photos of the critters?

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    This is the spoiled one...I don't have any photos of the outside cat yet.

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    The squirrel learned the glass in the window keeps the cat from getting it so it likes to jump up and tease the cat whenever it can. We named the squirrel Rocky and the cat is UU (pronounced you you). I better get to work and finish the project up daylight is burning.

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    Nice job all around! We had a HUGE domestic black rabbit that showed up and adopted our farm as its home for several years. It made it through at least 3 winters, but I think a coyote, wolf, raptor or bear finally got it one summer. Or maybe old age and obesity took their toll. This guy was huge, though i imagine their was incentive to cultivate a heavy coat. It was at least as big as the largest porcupine I've ever seen. Was able to hunker under the backroom of the house near the main building's skirting, where it probably stayed in the twenties during the cold snaps. Dogs would chase that thing all over the place but it seemed to enjoy the fun. Throw a few oatstraw bales all around your cathouse and you'll increase the warmth and might encourage a bunch of voles to colonize and give outside kitty a local food source.

    Here the squirrels and I have cut a deal, they stay in the spruce trees and can hang out in the woodpile on the far side of the driveway and we get along. If they cross the driveway towards the house then their tails go on the fence line to warn the rest. You are more tolerant than I am!

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    Well that didn't take too long. I put the metal roof on and added a drop cloth door that hangs down with a slit in the middle. Went to town and picked up a 150 watt rough service bulb for a little more heat and put it in since the doorway is airy. I may put a different entrance on it once the cat has decided its home. I decided to wait to summer to paint the outside.
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    Picked up a few other items to make it look like home and now its time to drag it out to the old horse shed where I've been putting food out for the last couple of weeks and it comes by now and then to use the litter box I set out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tustumena_lake View Post


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    It needs some Kitty PORN on the wall, I am thinking Jessica Rabbit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tustumena_lake View Post
    Well that didn't take too long. I put the metal roof on and added a drop cloth door that hangs down with a slit in the middle. Went to town and picked up a 150 watt rough service bulb for a little more heat and put it in since the doorway is airy. I may put a different entrance on it once the cat has decided its home. I decided to wait to summer to paint the outside.
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    Picked up a few other items to make it look like home and now its time to drag it out to the old horse shed where I've been putting food out for the last couple of weeks and it comes by now and then to use the litter box I set out there.
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    ~the end~
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    Now that is one heck of a cat house! I know where to come hang out when I lose my job and the roof over my head.

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    Come on over I'll build you a box. I found out the 150 watt bulb was too much.

    150 watt bulb = 65F at bed level height (a few inches) at 10F ambient.
    100 watt bulb = 60F at bed level at 10F ambient.

    I think thats still too much.

    The outside cat will be wearing a winter fur coat 24/7 and will overheat so tomorrow I am putting the 60 watt bulb back in and I'll see where the temperature settles out at. 60 watt was my original prediction I should have just gone for it, but I'll get it dialed in sooner or later.

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    I think that it needs a Bay window so that the cat can lay inside in the sun during the day??????

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    That is awesome. I cant wait to retire some day!! You do very nice work.

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