This article is Part Seven of a 15-Part Article on How to Build a Feral Cat Shelter.  Since this is the first time we’d made  a shelter, it’s perfect for newbies.  You can read previous installments in this series here:

Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five, Part Six

In the previous installments, we made a plan, gathered all the materials,  assembled the insulation portion of the shelter, prepared the  plastic storage tub for the external “shell” of the shelter, created an opening in the shell for cat access, and sealed and shaped the opening for the cat’s access to the shelter.

Step Five.   This picture shows what the taped hole looks like as it’s almost complete.  We pulled the duct tape as tight as possible to make it lie flat and smooth against the frame.

Taping the entry hole with duct tape. Photo by Cindy Read

Taping the entry hole with duct tape.
Photo by Cindy Read

It’s not perfectly aesthetic, but as I mentioned before, we were not going for a designer look here — just hoping that it would be sturdy and hold up well during all kinds of outdoor harsh conditions and weather.  And, we were pretty sure the cat would think it was heaven no matter how it looked, as long as it was warm and dry.

There’s still more to come, so don’t miss the next parts; in the next installment, we will cover how this process went, with pictures for most steps.  Be sure to click through to each part and get the whole story!  Here’s a link to Part Eight.