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Solar pool cover for winter shelters

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Here it is blazing hot today and I am thinking about winter shelters!  I was wondering if anyone has tried the solar pool cover over a winter shelter to help hold in heat.  I have a 6x6x6 shelter logic portable shed.  The outside covering is a waterproof, polyethylene cover.  It heats the structure up well during the day, but as soon as the sun goes down, it does not help to retain the heat.  I was thinking of attaching a solar pool cover to the structure.  Of course the structure is not air tight and actually lots of air gets in.  The front flap can put put all the way to the ground, but then the cats cannot see out and feel trapped inside.  If fact they refuse to go inside.  We are thinking of adding a piece of plexiglass (thanks Ondine) so the cats can see outside, but the front flap would then be either all the way to the ground with a kitty door or left a bit off the ground so they can get in and out.  I have a few outlets outside so I also use outdoor heat pads for them.  I was just wondering if the solar pool covers are worth it.  Has anyone tried them or have pictures of their shelter with the attached pool cover?

 

Thanks!

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BarbB has written about this. agree.gif

Found it: http://www.thecatsite.com/t/121439/feral-injured-what-to-do

She's not as active on TCS as she sometimes is, and I don't think she's posted in this forum for a while. But you might want to send her a PM to ask about how it's worked. rub.gif
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Here is another possibility of how to "wrap" the pool cover around the shelter. Scroll down to "Joe's Fish Box Shelter". I know of a lady who runs a sanctuary and the volunteers all put together these type of winter shelters using the pool cover. You have to place the shelter in the sun or at least for part of the day for it to work! laughing02.gif http://www.urbancatleague.org/WinterCatShelters
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BarbB has written about this. agree.gif

Found it: http://www.thecatsite.com/t/121439/feral-injured-what-to-do

She's not as active on TCS as she sometimes is, and I don't think she's posted in this forum for a while. But you might want to send her a PM to ask about how it's worked. rub.gif

Thanks I Pm'd here!

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Here is another possibility of how to "wrap" the pool cover around the shelter. Scroll down to "Joe's Fish Box Shelter". I know of a lady who runs a sanctuary and the volunteers all put together these type of winter shelters using the pool cover. You have to place the shelter in the sun or at least for part of the day for it to work! laughing02.gif http://www.urbancatleague.org/WinterCatShelters

That is awesome.  My shelter is in full sun for most of the day (when the sun is out!).  So I hope the added solar cover will add a bit of warmth when the sun goes down.

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That is awesome.  My shelter is in full sun for most of the day (when the sun is out!).  So I hope the added solar cover will add a bit of warmth when the sun goes down.

OH IT WILL!!!!!!! clap.gifclap.gif In fact, it may make it too hot at times... laughing02.gifsunshine.gif
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