D.I.Y. – Shelters


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!