Shelters & Straw
Community cats prefer living outside and, with proper care, typically thrive in their outdoor homes. During the winter months, outdoor shelters provide safe places where the cats can rest, warm up, and stay dry. Most cats use their outdoor shelters year round.
Building an outdoor shelter yourself is inexpensive and easy. Here are some ideas:
Locally Made Outdoor Cat Shelters
Shelters available in Westchester! They come filled with straw (additional bag of straw = $5). Free pallets (to raise them off the ground) and pavers (to weigh them down).
Cost: Large shelters (31” x 15“ x 15”) are $30
Small shelters (34” x 13” x 11”) are $25
Pickup: White Plains area
Baled Straw Resources
Hilltop Nursery and Garden Center
2028 Albany Post Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
Phone: (914) 468-6633
Agriventures Agway (Danbury)
92 Mill Plain Road, Danbury, CT 06811
Phone: (203) 743-7500
If you are unable to get baled straw, shredded newspaper is the next best choice. Do not use hay or shredded straw, and never put towels, blankets, or carpet inside outdoor cat shelters, as these materials retain moisture and get moldy, and will make the cats cold and sick.