The temperatures dropped as moisture moved into
our area creating our first winter storm with
any measurable precipitation. When we have a
threat of ice I work from home because we have
little to no road maintenance. If we want the snow
plowed, the guys have to plow it with their four wheelers.
I don't chance it, so I work from home.
We have a full attic- floors, drywall, bookcases, etc.
so I set up my office space there.
My husband must have a soft spot in his heart
for the cats' comfort afterall because
when the work day was over he took me
out on the porch to show me our new Cat Hotel!
As strays, they are not house cats.
He took Bird's old tubby out to our 9 ft wide covered porch,
filled it with straw and did the same with a second tubby next to it.
He covered them with cardboard with an allowance
for an entrance/exit. He covered it all with plywood and
added a capstone from our garden wall to secure it.
They leap up on the chairs to jump in
but can exit from the inside without added support.
It is pretty much protected from the elements.
Specks, jumped in right away
(old photo, there's no green left here!)
but the male cat, Spot, was very leery!
I don't know if they are going to use it,
but as we're due for more snow and sleet over the
weekend, it doesn't hurt to let it stay.
They have found the tractor tent so they
may be in there as well. My husband spotted
one sneaking in and out beneath the tent door.
Specks has also been known to hang out
in the green house when the sun is shining.
The plastic door won't zip up anymore so it
is open to all of them.
Gimps is allowed to live in the garage,
she's not social so she doesn't cuddle with the others
but is a very petite, sweet cat.
Rumbles normally stays out but the last couple of
cold nights we kept her in the garage too.
We can't have many in there because they knock
things off shelves and damage my husband's
equipment when they scratch.
Sugar Bear, a male, is on his own. The two males
don't get along so he has an igloo beneath the back
deck. I often throw scraps to him without the others seeing.
Does anyone else have other ideas for sheltering cats?
I'm on rocky unlevel ground so I can't dig down more than
a couple of inches, if that. I'd be interested in knowing