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a sort of inconspicuous outdoor cat shelter?
« on: August 21, 2016, 01:20:11 AM »
I live in the Northeast and it gets cold in the Winter, so I'm looking for ideas.

What I've got so far is several chep pallets and a wall that they lean against. It's good because there are two exits, but I'm afraid it will be too cold. I did a google search and there is a thing called a KatKabin, with this sort-of insulated "sleeve" to fit inside: https://www.walmart.com/ip/KatKabin-by-Brinsea-KatKabin-Outdoor-Cat-House-Winter-Warmer/14957576?action=product_interest&action_type=title&item_id=14957576&placement_id=irs-2-m2&strategy=PWVUB&visitor_id&category=&client_guid=947cffc3-72bd-44d0-a107-9e37ddc3b481&customer_id_enc&config_id=2&parent_item_id=15992547&parent_anchor_item_id=15992547&guid=a30784cf-829c-44a4-b055-fe5ef1a70a1c&bucket_id=irsbucketdefault&beacon_version=1.0.1&findingMethod=p13n

It's not free but it isn't sooo expensive, is it?
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Re: a sort of inconspicuous outdoor cat shelter?
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2016, 05:26:58 PM »
I had Chinese take-out for dinner last night. 
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Re: a sort of inconspicuous outdoor cat shelter?
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2016, 06:37:19 PM »
I had Chinese take-out for dinner last night.

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Re: a sort of inconspicuous outdoor cat shelter?
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2016, 07:04:12 PM »
You can find several models of pet tents on Amazon, around $20. A large dog-sized one could accommodate several cats.
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Re: a sort of inconspicuous outdoor cat shelter?
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2016, 07:51:17 PM »
You can find several models of pet tents on Amazon, around $20. A large dog-sized one could accommodate several cats.

Am I off-topic here?
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Re: a sort of inconspicuous outdoor cat shelter?
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2016, 09:27:42 PM »
A tent would be too conspicuous. I'm trying to set them up at a golf club, knowing that there is more than enough food waste to support a large population.

If I ask the grounds supervisor what they do with the grass that they cut, they'll know.
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Re: a sort of inconspicuous outdoor cat shelter?
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2016, 02:38:47 PM »
Hi. I realize now that maybe this was the wrong place to ask this.

Nevertheless, Winter is approaching, and it seems there is some evidence that one or more cats are nesting in our ornamental grasses, which are about to be chopped. I might actually talk to the grounds super because cats aren't so bad to have around, apparently.
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Re: a sort of inconspicuous outdoor cat shelter?
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2016, 02:46:57 PM »
Cats tend to be pretty resourceful in finding odd nooks to curl up in. I assume they're not restricted to the grounds but roam around the general community?
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Re: a sort of inconspicuous outdoor cat shelter?
« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2016, 04:01:46 PM »
Cats tend to be pretty resourceful in finding odd nooks to curl up in. I assume they're not restricted to the grounds but roam around the general community?
Right.
There is a small pond on the property. I doubt it's potable though, huh?
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Re: a sort of inconspicuous outdoor cat shelter?
« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2016, 04:04:40 PM »
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Re: a sort of inconspicuous outdoor cat shelter?
« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2016, 04:16:08 PM »
The more that I think about it, the more implausible it all seems, without the blessing of the grounds super. It's not as if I could "hide" a chep pallet anywhere on the grounds. Inside the garage, however, may be a different story. In fact sometimes birds nest inside it, and then they harass me when I try to use it.
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Re: a sort of inconspicuous outdoor cat shelter?
« Reply #11 on: October 11, 2016, 05:17:14 PM »
The more that I think about it, the more implausible it all seems, without the blessing of the grounds super. It's not as if I could "hide" a chep pallet anywhere on the grounds. Inside the garage, however, may be a different story. In fact sometimes birds nest inside it, and then they harass me when I try to use it.

I'm not trying to be sarcastic. I'm about to take my bike over there on my day off to feed the cat.

This "KatKabin" does not seem to fit the bill. I do have an idea, however.
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Re: a sort of inconspicuous outdoor cat shelter?
« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2016, 11:46:39 PM »
I think I realized today why cats are always cleaning: It's because they don't want to smell like food.
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