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My outdoor shelter set up

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I wanted to share a few pictures of my outdoor setup for my 2 ferals.  I so wanted a warm place for them with protection from the elements.  DH built a feral villa last year that he modified this year to add a back exit as well as a small window.  Still no tackers.  I currently have it up on a table so the raccoons cannot get to it and place some dry food in it at night.  I also have 2 feeding stations and then of course the Shed in a Box!  It's a 6x6 shed that has room to place my outdoor love seat.  I have 2 outdoor heated pads on each end and then under the tan blanket is a thermal heated blanket.  Shadow doesn't want to have anything to do with the heated pads, but Patches enjoys them when it's really cold.  I find them each and every morning snuggled up together.  I am so happy they have each other.  The shed is positioned so very little wind gets inside.  Most of the wind blows the other directions.  We had 5" of rain in November and not a drop got inside or blew inside.  I wish I could put the front flap down all the way or part of the way, but I do know they need to see out.  They adjusted so easily to the shed.  I was worried since when the wind blows you can hear it flapping a bit.  It is bolted down to the deck so it will not blow over.  The boys just love it.  I even placed a small string of Christmas lights inside so I can see them from inside the house at night. 

 

I just wanted to share my set up in hopes that someone else might benefit from it too.  The shed in a box was purchased from Home Depot for just over $100. 

 

Deck ensemble.jpg

 

Shadow and Patches

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Wow - what a great idea!  It looks like they feel safe in it.  I think your decision not to put the front down is a good one - they probably need to feel like they can escape - just in case.

 

Your feeding stations are really nice.  Are other animals getting into them a problem?

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Originally Posted by Ondine View Post

Wow - what a great idea!  It looks like they feel safe in it.  I think your decision not to put the front down is a good one - they probably need to feel like they can escape - just in case.

 

Your feeding stations are really nice.  Are other animals getting into them a problem?



I bring in the food each night since the raccoons have been known to come up on the deck if there is still food out.  I am using the feral villa that I have up on a table to put a small amount of dry food in at night.  The raccoons cannot get up there but the cats know there is food available. 

 

Today has been the absolute grossest day.  It has rained non stop.  The cats have been snuggled up together all day.  I am so glad I have the shed in a box to keep them nice and dry. 

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Wow, that's FABULOUS! clap.gifclap.gifclap.gif They look sooooo cozy! Even with the flap up, the rain doesn't get in?

I wish we had a "one direction" wind kind of thing. It USUALLY blows one direction... but .... sigh.gif

Wow, my ferals are jealous! laughing02.gif
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Wow, that's FABULOUS! clap.gifclap.gifclap.gif They look sooooo cozy! Even with the flap up, the rain doesn't get in?
I wish we had a "one direction" wind kind of thing. It USUALLY blows one direction... but .... sigh.gif
Wow, my ferals are jealous! laughing02.gif


It has been raining cats and dogs here about 2-3 days each week.  We have received at least 2 inches of rain each week.  A bit of rain gets in the very front of the shed, but it doesn't reach the love seat.  Yesterday was just miserable with rain and wind.  They stayed nice and dry and warm.  It is such a great investment.  I do plan to lower the flaps about a foot or so, but as they are ferals, it will need to be done slowly.

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Wow, that's really fabulous. Great investment! agree.gifhugs.gif
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I second Laurie's comment on the jealous feral's everywhere laughing02.gif. That is really, really cool. Great set-up clap.gifclap.gifclap.gif Lucky kitties biggrin.gif
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