Winter Weather Tips to help Community Cats (from Alley Cat Allies): click here.

Shelter Tips: Click here for some simple tips for how to maintain your shelter (ie where to place it, how to entice cats into it, how to improve the environment around the shelter to keep the cats even warmer etc)


Toronto Street Cats has made our very own step by step DIY video demonstrating the very simple design we use to build our winter shelters (used to keep street cats warm throughout Toronto).

And here’s a hard copy of the step by step instructions of how we make our shelters.

Ontario SPCA has put together their own youtube video showing how they make their shelters (very similar to ours!).  They are available at their Newmarket location (click here for contact details).


Alley Cat Allies: Simple ‘how-to’ video – making shelters out of two plastic totes embedded within each other (materials: two plastic totes; a piece of styrofoam; some straw; a plastic plant pot; utility knife).  Click here to view.

More designs for how to build a shelter with tough plastic storage bin:
Design 1: click here
Design 2: click here
Design 3: click here
Design 4: click here
Design 5: click here

For other MANY other excellent shelter ideas:

Still more ideas can be found on the Neighborhood Cats website (click here).

Or just keep it simple: cut a hole in a Styrofoam box, place straw inside, and voila – simple but effective shelter.  For the Styrofoam box, call pet stores that sell fish – the fish are transported in Styrofoam boxes – the stores are just going to throw the boxes out so offer to take them off  their hands!


  1. Click here for photos of numerous different samples of easy to make feeding stations.
  2. Click here for the google results of DOZENS of different types (from easy to more complex) feeding stations.
  3. Plastic Bin Feeding Station:


  • Using a utility knife cut an opening into the side of a large plastic bin (hint: use a blow dryer to soften the plastic before cutting into it).
  • Tape the newly cut opening with duct tape (so the edge is smooth when the cat rubs up against it)
  • Put the lid on the bin.
  • Flip the bin over.
  • Use the piece of plastic you cut out (see where the arrows are pointing) to create an extra ‘awning’ by securing the piece of plastic (in this example it’s with a screw) above the opening you’ve created on the bin.
  • Ideally put something heavy (ie a few bricks/big rock) on the top of the bin to prevent it from being moved/blowing away in the wind


    1. Thoroughly clean out a plastic litter container (like the one pictured here).  Use a utility knife cut a slit at the bottom (HINT: use a blow dryer to heat up the plastic – it makes the plastic easier to cut!).
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    2. Slide in a plastic take out dish (like the one below) in the cut out area.
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    3. Tape the plastic take out dish to the inside of the litter container.
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    4. Then fill the container with kibble and put the lid back on. Voila!  Instant kibble dispenser!
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    5. To keep the food dry, place the dispenser in a plastic box (ie a recycling box), then anchor the box with a couple of bricks or heavy stones (to keep it in place during heavy winds) 20160223_13215720160223_132215


TIPS – STOP/SLOW Down water from freezing – tips for community cats (from Neighborhood Cats):  click here


  1.  Plastic Bowl + Piece of Insulation + Hotties Hand Warmers = Click here for ‘how to’ videoinsulated-water-bowl
  2. Styrofoam Box + Plastic Dish:  Click here for a simple design:BowlWarmer
  3. Or watch this 5 minute step-by-step video by Animal Equity, which clearly demonstrates how to create your own water bowl heater that is cordless, doesn’t require batteries, and is made using everyday, easily accessible items. It was tested in -16 degree winter weather and it took 4 hours before the water started to freeze. An inexpensive, easy way to save a street cat’s life.
  4. READY TO USE HEATED WATER BOWL:  Go online and find a durable water bowl (like this one ) that’s equipped with it’s own heating device (and the cord is chew-resistent!).  We found this 5.5 litre water bowl among the products listed at Princess Auto stores (they are across Canada).  A very similar bowl was found on (a 1 quart bowl from “Farm Innovators”)