Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

DIY heated igloo for outdoor cats






So ladies, did I get your attention with the cover photo? I would sure hope so, ha!





Today is the day before Thanksgiving and it's time to be "oh so thankful". My motto is to be thankful all year around! I'm not big on Thanksgiving at all and it might have to do with the fact that I'm German, I don't know, because we only have "Erntedankfest" (basically thankful for the harvest).

I used to really like the night before Thanksgiving though. That was before we had kids, when all our friends would be home to see their families. We'd go out into the early hours and then be really hungover and eat ourself into a coma. 
Well, times have changed. We have kids, I don't like to stay up late anymore and have hangovers. I hate eating myself into a coma. And I don't get to see my family either. So there it is! I'm not a fan.

Every night (and I really mean EVERY NIGHT) when I put my kids to bed we say amongst other things what we are thankful for like our health, our family, food, our home and our animals. 

Cue word: Animals! They are my area where I'd like to give back. I adore people with passion in their heart for a cause and I believe you don't have to go far to be able to help. It can be just outside your door or neighborhood and I wish more people would see this instead of choosing to look the other way.
My husband always tells me "you can't save them all" which I know, but I can try to save the ones I see and come across. And if everyone would do that there would be a lot less suffering.

So this is where James Franco comes in. I saw him on Ellen two weeks ago (I loved him before) but when I heard him talk about his adopted rescue cats and his family's cats, I just loved him even more. The above photos were actually photoshopped by one of Ellen DeGeneres' staff members.

family reunion with cats

While my hubby would not be caught dead in the first mock up photos, I do frequently see him with our cats like James is snuggled up in the second photo below. As a matter of fact our white cat Lucy waits for him every night to watch TV in the man cave and then she goes to bed with him to snuggle on his chest.

I adopted two of our cats (Harry passed away this spring) and my husband also adopted two. (you can read more about our cats by clicking HERE) They are all ours but it is amazing how much they can remember on who saved them. I just love that.

I so love a man that snuggles with animals. 
Where is this going you are asking?

Well since I mentioned giving back just outside my front door or neighborhood, I have been asked a lot of times by readers to share what I made for our stray porch cat to survive the winter.  (And yes I have even tried to carry the kitty inside and stay with it in the basement but it is scared to death and wants to go back outside)

So here is what I did:

I bought the Extreme Weather Kitty Pad with Fleece Cover  (12.5" x 18.5") from Amazon when it was still warm outside to get a great price. And I found some styrofoam coolers at a yard sale for 50 cents each that I thought would work great for building a shelter. You see, there is a group that I'm a fan of on Facebook called "The Guardians of Rescue". They do amazing things for cats and dogs that are outside. They build shelters for stray and feral cats and showed numerous times how to build one.
This is an article on "How to Make Thermal Boxes to Save Feral Cats' Lives in Winter. It is NOT true that they will survive. A lot of times they will freeze to death without our help.

I googled and searched the internet high and low to find a styrofoam box for sale like mine, but couldn't. I think you'd have to search locally for one like I did. Walmart is a great place to start searching. If you find one online, let me know and I'll add it.

{Update: I was told by a reader that you can find some FREE styrofoam coolers at pet stores that sell tropical fish. They get their fish shipments in styrofoam coolers and throw them away after delivery. I guess it doesn't hurt to ask if they have any, right?}

outdoor heated pad for stray cats

Since the box for porch kitty is (well, wouldn't you say) on the porch ;) I didn't have to put the plastic tarp around it, but I put a brick on top so the styrofoam doesn't blow away. I also wanted to be able to still open it because I put a blanket inside too. By coincidence the heated pad fit perfectly into the bottom of the one styrofoam cooler. It was as if they were made for each other. I only had to cut a hole for the cord and a hole for the kitty to crawl in.
I put the box on top of my bench to keep if off the floor. There are some other strays that mostly come at night to eat and I don't want them to fight porch kitty. Kitty is safe and off the ground from where he can watch the other cats.

insulated box for stray cats
I used a drywall saw to cut out the entry hole.
insulated box for stray cats with heated pad inside


insulated box for stray cats with heated pad inside

insulated box for stray cats with heated pad inside
I know it doesn't look that pretty but I don't care.

He/she has been using the heated box and really likes it. If you have been following me for a while then you know that I call it porch kitty. This is the 4th winter that it comes around. The past years it was so scared that it only came at night and always ran the minute it would see one of us. This summer the kitty started to accept me and actually cry for me while sitting in the bushes. It now sometimes lets me pick it up. My neighbors told me that it waited by my house for 5 weeks when I was in Germany. So I guess it's staying since nobody wants it. I would love to bring it inside but our 3 indoor cats are not to happy and neither is porch kitty. There isn't any accepting going on between them.

insulated box for stray cat with heated pad inside

I have grown really fond of my porch kitty. The trust it now puts in me melts my heart. And it waits for me every morning by the door for some wet cat food.

insulated box for stray cat with heated pad inside

insulated box for stray cat with heated pad inside

insulated box for stray cat with heated pad inside

insulated box for stray cat with heated pad inside
You can see in some of the photos that there is something wrong with the eye. Porch kitty is blind in one eye.

{UPDATE: You can read more about porch kitty by clicking HERE}

I also made another weather proof box for the side of the house in case one of the other strays wants to use it but so far they have not.

If you liked this post and my cat craziness, then I would appreciate it sooo much if you'd show a fellow cat lover some support and like my facebook page. Head on over by clicking the link below or HERE.

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You might also like my outdoor cat enclosure (click HERE
or my litter box vinyl decal (click HERE)


I wish you guys a great Thanksgiving and a wonderful time with your friends and families.

Talk to you on Black Friday! Yes you've heard right. I have a post on Friday.

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(Youleeya)



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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

DIY studded acrylic/lucite tray

Hey friends, I finally have a little project to share with you. I'm kinda really excited about this one.



I fell in love with Made by Girl's white and silver studded tray a while back. And I just couldn't let it go. So when I saw my friend Bethany's lucite tray (Dwellings by Devore) made from an acrylic shadow box frame, I knew that's what I wanted to do with my leftover cone spike studs from my pumpkin project.

So here is what I did. I went to Michaels and picked up an 11x14 acrylic shadow box frame with a 50% off coupon. It ended up being $4.32. Great price right? I already had the spike/studs which I bought HERE at Amazon .



I taped the frame with painter's tape so I could mark the distance of the studs and drill without scratching the acrylic.


I marked 1/2" from the sides and then 1" distance for each stud. Which ended up working out perfect. After drilling the holes I just screwed in the studs. That's it!



Pretty easy right? And cheap! But it ended up looking really high end. At least that's what I think ;)
I know some of you have different opinions!


I have lots of photos again: 



The leopard print is just some scrapbooking paper that I also found at Michaels.













I really can't wait to use this tray for my Christmas decorations.

So what do you think? Are you hooked on studs as well?



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(Youleeya)



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