• Post Reply
  • Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

Out Door Cat

 
Amit Enventres
Posts: 262
Location: Ohio, USA
13
fish food preservation forest garden
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I always wanted a cat, but I'm allergic. So,  we have a multi-function dog. Then, a cat adopted us. It is happy being out doors, where the non-rolling-in-own-dander makes it no problem for me to be with and he's a little hunter, so I'm happy to have him around. Problem though is there's no in door spot for him. Not even a place I could not go- we have a cat-eating-dog. So...I'm thinking how do I make an out-door place for him to stay in the cold weather without freezing to death? Do I just cover a basement window (the one with the drier vent) and leave a cat-sized hole? How do I tell him: here's a good home. Will he go for a place on the ground? I don't want to build a place for OTHER critters.

Also, is there a way to get the dog to stop wanting to eat the cat, but still wanting to eat the ground hogs?

Thanks!
 
John Polk
master steward
Pie
Posts: 8017
Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
269
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
How do I tell him: here's a good home. Will he go for a place on the ground? 

Not hard to lure him to a spot with a dish of food.  After a couple of times, he should learn.
Don't forget a water dish.

Most cats prefer to be elevated off of the ground.  Warm and cozy is what they usually look for at bed/nap time.  Not too exposed, as they most often prefer to sleep in a safe, semi-hidden, private spot.


 
Rick English
pollinator
Pie
Posts: 245
Location: Central Pennsylvania, USA
34
books dog forest garden hugelkultur toxin-ectomy trees
  • Likes 3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I hear you about cat allergies. It is doubtful you will have much luck getting a dog with cat-eating tendencies to change his/her ways.

Here is a simple but effective cat shelter:
Simple Cat Shelter Design  Based on plans by the CSM Stray Foundation



Thee are even more ideas here:
Google image search for "outdoor cat shelter"
 
Casie Becker
pollinator
Posts: 801
Location: Just northwest of Austin, TX
44
forest garden urban
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I think you've found an idea solution with the basement window. Leave a dish of food and water near there. In the winter he will be especially glad of the heat from the dryer.
 
  • Post Reply
  • Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic