The ‘cat condo’ consists of two 18 gallon storage container “houses” measuring 18”W x 25”L x 14”H. The outer walls of the condo are created from one 4 x 8 sheet 1½ ” extruded Styrofoam insulation. The fronts are open so that the storage container “houses” can be removed for cleaning. The ‘condo’ has ledges on each level for eating & sleeping and extended sides for protection from rain and snow. The photo above shows the deterioration on the right side where kittens used it for climbing to the roof – all of the cats like using the roof to lay in the Sun or play, especially the kittens.
The inner storage houses had old clothes/blankets, etc, so even on the coldest of days (near –20F) the cats were warm and cozy. About the only time they wanted to come out on those days were to eat and then they went back into to the houses to sleep. Note: The storage container cat houses are re-used each year.
Step 1: Tools & Materials
- Long blade utility knife or sheet rock saw
- Carpenter’s square
Quantity Part Description Approx Cost
2 18 gal storage tubs (25” x 17 ¾” x 14 ¼”) $ 9.50
1 4 x 8 sheet 1 ½ ” extruded Styrofoam insulation $15.33
1 tube of construction adhesive (outdoor) $ 6.25
Step 2: Cut out the main pieces
Step 3: Finishing touches to front of condo
Step 4: Cutting the cat houses
All that is left is to put in some old blankets, fleece clothes, etc. My wife got ours from a Goodwill store; she washes them two or three times during the winter months when the cats are out sleeping and playing.