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There are a couple of cats in our neighborhood - I believe they are feral. Anyways, one cat had decided he was going to make his home under mine. I blocked off access since he was damaging the insulation (and he was marking, so he is probably intact). However, I wanted to give him an alternative place to sleep since it is so cold (and to discourage him from trying to get back in). I made him a shelter like the one on this site:<br><a href="http://www.pacthumanesociety.org/core/WinterShelter.htm" target="_blank">http://www.pacthumanesociety.org/core/WinterShelter.htm</a><br><br>
Here is the result (the entry point is duct tape covered cardboard, not metal - I could not get ahold of the rubber stuff listed):<br><br><a href="http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b107/n23cola/IMG_1142.jpg" target="_blank">http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b1...a/IMG_1142.jpg</a><br><br>
I put it outside the other day, and so far he has not tried to go in. I imagine it might take him some time before he feels safe going in. I put catnip in there to entice him. Should I maybe put food in there to see if that gets him to try it out?
 

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Sorry--the board was moving really fast today and I missed this one. I think it's awesome! I would put it right where he was trying to get under your house, and yes I'd put some food just inside the front door. Few cats can resist an open can of fishy-flavor food.
 

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No, do not put food in or near the shelter. Put it a distance away. Feral cats do not sleep where they eat - the food attracts too much attention from other predators.<br><br>
If you are providing food and shelter for this cat /these cats, you need to look at the Alley Cat Allies web site at <a href="http://www.alleycat.org" target="_blank">www.alleycat.org</a> - click on Caregiver/Advocate Information on the left. Lots of great information.<br><br>
Spring is coming and if there are two ferals now, there could easily be 6 very soon, and next year there could be 20 or more. Please, I urge you, read up on TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return). The Alley Cat Allies web site has links to groups that will help you catch these cats and make sure they don't create MORE unwanted strays in your neighborhood.<br><br>
I've been managing a feral cat colony for 4 years. I've trapped and neutered about 60 feral cats. We've had no kittens at my colony for 3 years, and I've helped other people get involved with TNR-ing other colonies in this area.<br><br>
PM me if you want more information or have questions.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Spring is coming and if there are two ferals now, there could easily be 6 very soon, and next year there could be 20 or more. Please, I urge you, read up on TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return). The Alley Cat Allies web site has links to groups that will help you catch these cats and make sure they don't create MORE unwanted strays in your neighborhood.</td>
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I recently have been looking into starting a TNR program in my area already - that is how I found out how to build him a shelter <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> . Before I found this information, I was stalling to call animal control. Now I am glad I didn't.<br><br>
Here is my potential problem - I live in a mobile home park. They have rules stating we cannot feed animals here, and animals not owned by anyone should be removed by animal control. The local shelter does not practice TNR, and I am still looking to see if anyone is doing TNR in my area that is not listed on the website. I have to tread very carefully, otherwise the animals could be trapped and euthanized, or worse case I can get evicted from the property (own the home, rent the property). So, right now I am gathering information (bought some instructional video tapes and stuff to pass out to folks I talk to) and forming a plan of attack. From what I understand from talking to the neighbors, one of the cats has been removed repeatedly, but the owner picks it up from the shelter saying it got loose, and brings it home to let it back outside. So, if that is true, I need to hunt down that cats owner as well. I THINK there is a total of 3 cats I am dealing with, but since I have not started feeding them yet, there could be more.<br><br>
We got dumped on with yesterday's snow storm, so I think it will be a few days before I see him or any other cats. I am going to get another container to fashion into a feeding shelter that won't draw attention to it. I put the shelter I already made behind some bushes that he frequently hides behind. The area he was entering our home in faces the road where the neighborhood kids can mess with it, so I though it was best not to put it there.<br><br>
Anyways, thanks for the replies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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