“Roughneck Homes” – Outdoor Protective Cat Shelter Instructions

November 16, 2014 at 5:50 pm Leave a comment

What are “Roughneck Homes”?

Roughneck Containers are large Rubbermaid Bins used for storing goods in your home or commercial setting and have become a popular means to providing a safe and secure living environment for stray cats. With a little creativity, these containers can be transformed into adequate shelter to protect against environmental and predatorial dangers. Cold weather insulation and feeding stations are also easy improvements in areas where feline lives are at ever greater risk.

Roughneck Homes are easy to make and a lot of fun. Using the instructions and pictures below, you can construct your feral cat shelter in just 15 minutes. Always use the utmost caution when using a blade or knife to make the entrance/exits of your shelter.

 Simon Smith (age 12) pictured with his shelter and cat - Scratches. Simon is the driving force behind the Roughneck Homes Program


Simon Smith (age 12) pictured with his shelter and cat – Scratches. Simon is the driving force behind the Roughneck Homes Program

Depending on the climate, shelter may actually be more important for survival than even food.  Dry, wind-proof shelter can do a large part in fending off frostbite in the ears and paws from elements such as freezing winds, snow and rain.  While feral cats typically build a thick protective coat for winter, the effectiveness of their fur as insulation is greatly reduced as it becomes wet or frozen and can often times result in hypothermia.

“Roughneck Homes” Shelter – Easy to make home suitable for one to two cats

(1)Rubbermaid Tote - 18 GL Pictured. (2) Styrofoam Cooler. (3) Hay or Straw. (4) Duct Tape. (5) Exacto Knife

(1) Rubbermaid Tote – 18 GL Pictured. (2) Styrofoam Cooler. (3) Hay or Straw. (4) Duct Tape. (5) Exacto Knife

Start by cutting a 6" diameter hole in the tote to act as an entrance or exit. *Always cut away from your body*

Start by cutting a 6″ diameter hole in the tote to act as an entrance or exit. *Always cut away from your body*

Insert your StyroFoam cooler insulation and cut a matching 6" diameter hole to match the tote.

Insert your StyroFoam cooler insulation and cut a matching 6″ diameter hole to match the tote.

Add hay or straw in and around the Styrofoam cooler for added insulation, using as much as possible

Add hay or straw in and around the Styrofoam cooler for added insulation, using as much as possible

Add your Styrofoam lid for added insulation. Secure lid in place with a few pieces of duct tape.

Add your Styrofoam lid for added insulation. Secure lid in place with a few pieces of duct tape.

Complete by adding your lid back onto the tote. You may want to place additional duct tape on the lid as well

Complete by adding your lid back onto the tote. You may want to place additional duct tape on the lid as well

From www.erubbermaid.com/roughneck-home

Concept by Indy Feral. Application by Simon Smith (pictured above)

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