Paying It Forward: Building A Cathouse

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B.P.Paying It Forward:  Building A Cathouse

HEY!!!  Get your mind out of the gutter!!  That's not LEGAL in Ohio!!  Nope, this cathouse isn't some bordello, but a winter shelter for an outside feral cat that has kind of adopted us.  We call him B.P. or Beepers, he calls us "Where's My Kibble??".  He's the dad of the kittens we socialized this summer and placed for adoption.  He's "fixed", so he won't be contributing to the local feline population any longer.

But winter is coming and if he's not ever going to be an indoor cat (and he won't, our inside cats took a vote and indicated BAD things would happen if we added even ONE more to their territory), then he's going to need a warm place to sleep at night.

Liz researched online and found plans for a do it yourself cat shelter, and as it turns out we already had almost all the supplies needed to get the job done.  We even had all the tools, although I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a first rate carpenter by any means.  I can do some fundamentals, but if you want pretty, well I'm NOT the right guy for the job!  But fortunately, Beepers can't file any complaints about substandard housing, so I think we're safe.

CathouseOver the course of three weekend days (between real estate appointments of course), we managed to construct this contemporary style one bedroom with loft unit that includes a hardwood entry, linoleum floors and fully insulated walls, floor and ceiling!  While not LEEDS certified, we think it's pretty green since most of the materials came from our "extras" stockpile of shingles, insulation and wood!

Now we're having a little trouble negotiating with our prospective tenant on terms.  He doesn't seem to have any credit history, and we know he's fathered at least one family out of wedlock and refuses to pay kitten support (and that's just what we know about!), but we think we're going to let him slide and have easy occupancy and a reduced rate on rent!

A quote from our friend in North Carolina:
"I do not share my stories of paying it forward for recognition.  I share them so that others might be inspired to do what they can, when they can, where they can.  No more, no less."  Tish Lloyd, North Carolina REALTOR®

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Liz and Bill aka BLiz

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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, GRI, WLS
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This is really cool you two. Beepers is one lucky cat to have such a great adopted Mom and Dad.  I sure hope he appreciates all your hard work....and to even have a heater to the water doesn't freeze.  He's living the high life for sure!  And you're right - we do work for the cats.  My life revolves around making sure ours gets whatever he wants whenever he wants!

Nov 20, 2011 10:33 AM #7
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AB, I REALLY don't like to think about what we spend annually on food, litter, vet bills, etc., but it's what we do for our furballs, both canine and feline!

Nov 20, 2011 10:36 AM #8
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Looks like my dogs doghouse, put with a tighter hole.

Now you get your mind out of the gutter!

Nov 20, 2011 11:39 AM #9
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So cute.  Loved the story and thanks for sharing.  All too often outdoor animals that are domesticated have no one to look out for them. You guys will catch the animaltarian award with this one! 

Nov 20, 2011 12:01 PM #10
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I'm lovin' the look in his eye!  This is not a cat to be trifled with!

Nov 20, 2011 12:51 PM #11
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He is a beauty.  I hope he will tell you how much he appreciates his home someday.

Nov 20, 2011 01:00 PM #12
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Than, Gutter?  I don't see a gutter :)

Jan, They found us (again), so we take care of them as best we can :)

CA, He's a BIG puddy tat!

Tammy, He's much more civil than he used to be, but a LONG ways from being petted.

Nov 20, 2011 02:04 PM #13
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BLiz, Beepers is so cute and be-u-tiful! Hope he takes to the awesome home you custom built for him sounds purr-fect! Are you going you going to stencil the outside with paws prints or are you leaving that up to him?  Hope you keep us all updated on how Beepers takes to it!

Nov 21, 2011 01:46 AM #14
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Al & Peggy, Apparently he was a hungry kitty this morning and very social (for him).  Liz got him to go in his new home to eat :)

Nov 21, 2011 03:23 AM #15
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I love this blog for so many reasons, but mostly because you're really helping make a difference - one cat at a time.  I hope many more see this and help out in any way they can, as well.

And, you can come build a home for me, any day, Bill.  I'm sure it would be much better than some of the tract builders, for sure!!!!!

Nov 21, 2011 08:54 AM #16
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Liz & Bill you know how I feel about animal causes especially of the feline persuasion, more people help dogs then cats. I would recomend creating a gated community to protect them from the other wild life:)

Nov 21, 2011 01:52 PM #17
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Juli, I'd have to give the nod to the tract builders for anything bigger than this cat shelter :)

Endre, There was a big possum on the back deck tonight.  Beepers was on top of the hot tub cover watching.  Liz is making noises about moving the home to the front porch.  Covered, and not as likely to have a critter convention.

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I didn't know engineers could be so funny....well written post!

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Cindy, Who knew? :)  Bill

Nov 22, 2011 12:12 AM #20
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Bill I am glad you are relocating the home:) our cats are indoor and once in a while shocking in Marina Del Rey we have Possums walking across the patio. I understand kitties are lunch for them:)

Nov 22, 2011 01:46 PM #21
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Endre, It's on the front porch already :)  Don't know if our resident possums include cats and Chihuahuas on their diet, Bunny the Chihuahua almost walked up to one on our back deck a couple of nights ago.  She was just trying to be friendly :)

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Bill, my friend had done the same thing, they live in the country, and he loves cats.  He has 4 inside the house, 15 outside and they are all fixed.  The vet even offered him the kennel rate for fixing all the cats lol.  He had built at least 4-5 of the shelters outside with a light bulb inside it for warmth, too.  They are so cute. 

Btw, Beepers is very handsome.

Nov 23, 2011 02:56 AM #23
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Rita, We hope Beepers is territorial and keeps us from getting overpopulated :)  Your friend has quite a few cats.  We were lucky one of the area cat shelters does the fix for about $35 including all shots.  Can't normally get anywhere near that price, and it helped tremendously as there were three kittens and two adults in the original pride.

 

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You forgot the windows Bill.

Nov 23, 2011 09:29 AM #25
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Steve, Opted for higher insulation value vs. double hung low-e glass :)

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