Outdoor Cat Houses
If you have a cat who spends a lot of time outside, giving them a safe place to sleep and stay protected from the elements is a must. There are outdoor cat house options out there for just about any style and budget, with positive and negative sides to both.
The two kitties I have now are indoor cats, but when I was a kid we had an outdoor cat and my family used to get really worried when she got caught out in a storm or blizzard and we had to leave for the day. A good outdoor shelter would have given her a safe place to go.
Pros And Cons Of The Two Major Materials For A House For An Outdoor Cat:
Plastic Outdoor Cat Shelter
Plastic is often used to make outdoor cat housing. Plastic cat homes are much cheaper than wood options and clean up with significantly less effort. Their lighter weight makes them easier to move around, and they can offer more warmth in a compact size than most wooden cat homes. For a simple and cheap outdoor cat house with no frills, there isn’t anything that is going to beat plastic.
Most plastic cat houses are built to be completely waterproof and fight off extreme temperatures. The small size of plastic outdoor cat houses will let the kitty home stay warm with the cat’s own body heat, and the plastic used for most cat homes is designed to reflect sunlight and create a cool shady spot when it’s hot outside.
Plastic is much lighter than wood and may have issues during high winds, and the artificial look may not be good for every environment.
Here is one example of a very nice little plastic cat house:
Wooden Outdoor Cat Houses
Wood is one of the most popular materials In the world for creating pet housing that is well insulated, sturdy, and safe. Cat houses are generally made out of cedar since it has flea and tick fighting properties, which make it ideal for housing an outdoor cat.
While wooden cat homes are generally larger than the plastic models, they’ll provide better insulation overall in both summer and winter conditions.
Wooden cat houses can be raised to leave the yard area underneath undisturbed, and they look much better in a well landscaped yard or garden than a plastic cat house sitting on the ground. While a wooden cat outdoor house will be too heavy to move on a whim, the extra weight can protect it from heavy storms and weather dangers quite well.
The major downside to a wooden outdoor cat house is simply the price – while a plastic choice can be purchased for $50 to $100, a wooden model will cost at least four times that much.
Here is an example of a rather classy looking outdoor cat house: