What can I use instead of straw for cat shelter?
Subsequently, one may also ask, what kind of straw is used in cat shelters?
Straw—Not Hay—for Outdoor Cat Shelters
- Hay is typically used to feed animals, like horses.
- Straw, the dry leftover stalks from harvested crops, repels moisture, making it the best bedding for outdoor cat shelters.
- Caregivers' tip: Straw usually comes in bales but you only need a fraction of that to line a cat house.
Also, where can I buy straw for a feral cat shelter? Straw is the best insulated bedding for cat shelters. Bales of straw are plentiful at this time of year in garden centers and home improvement stores, such as Home Depot and Lowe's. Even local supermarkets have bales of straw alongside the chrysanthemums!
Then, will feral cats use a shelter?
A fast, inexpensive and functional shelter can be made with two storage bins and styrofoam insulation. Turn the bins upside down, stuff with straw, and you have an instant shelter that will stay warm by keeping the cats' body heat from escaping. Use the power of the sun to keep your feral shelter warm and cozy.
What do you put in a cat shelter?
Insulating materials inside the shelter will increase the comfort and warmth of the cats.
- Only insulating materials which the cats can burrow into should be used.
- Blankets, towels, flat newspapers, etc., retain wetness and should not be used.
- Straw is a good insulating material to use.