The cats at Friends for Life tried one out and seemed to like it.
This is the featured design in my community cat thesis project. I wanted to find new inexpensive ways to make stylish shelters for feral cat colonies. Some of the designs will not be appropriate in all areas, but my hope is that as more and more people view TNR as the most humane solution we will be able to provide shelters more readily.
This is an open design. Please post any ideas to make this better. Also, if you would like to make these shelters for your group please contact me and I will help you to find a local resource for cutting the pieces or possibly send them to you in a kit.
Supplies for this project include:
1 – 4′ x 4′ sheet of Coroplast: $5.00
1- 2′ ‘x 4’ sheet of plywood: $8.00
20 min. of CNC time: $6.00 (or free if you cut with a jigsaw)
Total cost: $19.00
This version of the shelter utilizes a double-wall structure to add insulation for the cat.
It can be filled with insulation or straw or left as is.
I am currently fine tuning the cut sizes and locations to ensure the Coroplast adheres more tightly with the wood.
Corokitty instructions_2 – kit assembly instructions
single_cat_shape – printable front and back cat shape
Inner_and_outer_shell_cut_patterns – cut pattern for the Coroplast pieces
Corokitty by Chris Peterson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
There is ample room in the interior. It measure 12″ wide by 10″ tall and 20″ long.
This should allow up to two cats to bundle in together.
The door is set to the side allowing the cats to hide to the side. The final version will
have a window cover to protect from wind and rain.
One great attribute of the Coroplast, when it’s been wrapped into a cylinder shape, is that it’s really strong. You can see in the above picture that it can take the weight of three cinder blocks. It can also withstand having a cinder block dropped onto it. This is great for ensuring the cats are well protected inside.
This is my original image and an earlier prototype.
Barrel Cat is made by forcing the Coroplast into a cylinder and tucking it into slits on either side of the wood.
The benefit of this shape is rain won’t settle on top and in colder climates neither will snow. The cylinder shape also helps with heat retention.
The beauty of Coroplast is that there is an abundance of it every year when politicians vie for our vote.
Here in Houston, I was able to grab many 4′ x 8′ and 4′ x 4′ sheets.