The storage boxes with very low sides designed to slide under beds make great litter boxes because they're so roomy. And the deep boxes work perfectly for "high sprayers." Just cut down one side so it's easy for the cat to get in and out.
Home Sweet Home In A DIY Storage Tub Cat Shelter
Making a cat shelter out of a storage tub is easy and takes just a few minutes.
- Choose a storage tub that's the right size for the cat. You want the cat to be able to stretch out, sit up and turn around. But the smaller the shelter is, the more body heat it will preserve. If you feed several outside cats, buy tubs that are large enough for two or even more cats to cuddle together inside.
- Cut two six-inch holes about six inches above the ground in the storage tub so the cat will have an entrance and exit. The cat will be more likely to use the shelter if it has two ways to escape if necessary. Hint: A hair dryer, soldering iron or even a cigarette lighter will make the plastic soft and easier to cut. Or you could use a hole saw.
- Put a Styrofoam cooler inside the storage tub. Match up the holes.
- Put straw between the storage tub and cooler for added insulation.
- Or, line the sides and top of the tub with sheets of Styrofoam. Cover the Styrofoam with a piece of Mylar to reflect the cat's body heat back into the shelter.
- Put straw inside the storage tub or cooler. Straw is warmer than blankets (the cat will burrow in it and make a cozy nest) and stays dry.
- Locate your shelter in a stand of trees or other place where it won't be noticeable. Put some bricks under the shelter. It will be warmer if it's off the ground. To protect it from wind and drifting snow, put a stack of bricks about 12 inches from the entrance, and surround the entire shelter with bales of hay or straw.