Sep 14, 2015

A House for a Cat

Awhile back I was contacted via email, asking me if I'd be interested in checking out a cute little cat house. I figured, sure why not? I mostly work with feral cats, of course, but if they like something then any pet will as well. So this one showed up from the people at KatKabin ...I was going to take a cat-free photo first but I didn't get a chance. It was occupied within about 30 seconds....

Georgia the tortie showed up and made herself right at home. Apparently, she thinks this is all hers!  The one I got is a double door model. They let me pick and I know feral cats often won't go in anything that doesn't have an escape hatch. The single door model would probably be warmer, though. Anyway, it comes with a nice cushy bed that apparently everyone loves....Another visitor arrived...
Katniss found this situation most interesting. Something new and different! Georgia was not amused. But Katniss can be patient.  So she found herself a comfortable spot to wait her turn. But then another visitor arrived...
Squeaky definitely wanted in on the action. Georgia, who didn't want to discuss it further, turned her back on the camera and took a nap. Georgia had a nice long nap. Katniss finally decided to see what else was happening in the area... but Squeaky was more patient...
Victory at last! After this, Squeaky was seldom seen anywhere but in the KatKabin. For a couple of days. She would not give up her prize. However, a girl has to eat too and eventually someone else got to try it out. I had to move it first, though...

So the thing is, it's too well built for me to just let the feral kitties have it. I mean, it's tempting and all but there are many feral cats here and I'd have to get several of them to keep everyone happy. They would love that, I'm sure but that's not in my budget.

So after this photo shoot, the KatKabin was taken indoors where it is never unoccupied.  They might get another chance to hang out in there at some point, who knows? Is it a good house for feral cats? I don't know, maybe. It's probably more suitable for pets, especially if you have only one or two or three kitties. Feral cats are pretty territorial...and cranky. It's big enough for two cats...maybe three if they're good friends, but with feral cats everything is "all mine" and that is all there is to it.

If you lived in a cold climate, you'd want to put something insulating over it... some foam or some hay or something like that. It seems pretty solid so I think it can handle weight. On their pages they show a kitty inside the KatKabin in snow. It's definitely dry inside because the openings are set back so you have a little overhanging roof. But still, I'd be worried about warmth in such conditions. The single door model would probably be warmer, if your cats will use it. With feral cats, this might be an iffy proposition, but pets would probably be okay with it.

So you might as well check them out! They certainly aren't within everyone's budget ...mine included. But I was fortunate enough to have this one donated for the cause, and for that I am very grateful.