Deluxe Feral Cat Condo Plans!

We meet a lot of interesting people doing rescue. And a lot of people with really great ideas. We met a man named Dan who purchased a warehouse locally. Along with that warehouse came 20+ feral cats. Dan contacted us for help with trapping, spay/neuter and vaccines. But Dan came up with some pretty wonderful ways to make these feral friends more comfortable! His “deluxe feral cat condos” are vented, insulated, have 2 exits, and have chew proof heating for during the winter. Dan also has each of the condos rigged with a small video camera so he can learn about their habits without disturbing them, or spooking them and making them wary of using the cat condos. He told us that approximately 4 cats stay in cat condo during this last winter. He also informed us that it was generally the same cats that slept together, although there were 2 “floater” cats that moved from condo to condo.

We are grateful to meet folks like Dan, who go the extra mile to help homeless, stray & feral cats. And he was also kind enough to furnish us with very detailed blueprints.


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  1. Dan says:

    The wires you see running behind the Cat Houses, are for our “Kitty Cams” installed in the houses. The cameras allow us to see what is going on, and who is staying in each of the houses without having to open them or approach them. That way, the cats don’t get “spooked” from staying in the cat houses.

  2. Shelly says:

    This is just about the coolest AND sweetest thing Ive ever seen. Wow. Just wow. :-)

  3. cheryl klos says:

    You are a great compassionate man. I love what you did for these cats. I tried to tell my husband about it and he had already seen it. He knows that he has a project to do now. Thank you for being kind to these cats.

  4. LynneEllen says:

    It helps my faith in humanity to hear about people like Dan. Dan, I hope you know that you are very much appreciated and admired for your caring and curiosity. If this warehouse is in my vicinity, (unlikely, I know) I would be happy to help with the colony in some way, if you ever need assistance. I live east of Ann Arbor. Thank you, Dan!!! You are really doing a great thing, and it speaks volumes about what a good person you are! PS The cameras are awesome; I would SO do this. It would be fascinating to find out so much about these cats!

  5. Robin says:

    You have got to be the kindest person; Industrial warehouse owners where I live, would rather kill them instead of try and help them. Kudo’s to you DAN!!! your the MAN!

  6. Jan and Gary says:

    What an amazing feral cat house!! We live in the Kalamazoo area and we build an distribute very nice feral cat houses made from insulated Rubbermaid tubs. The basic building principles are quite similar.. However, your cat houses are extra deluxe and I am so glad to have the plans for making them. I love the LectroKennel heat mat inside. I (Jan) am going to make one of these for my own feral boy (upgrade his already nice home) and we will offer them to others. Thank you so much for the plans. And the video camera! What a great idea. Will implement that for my Moe’s house. I’d love to see what he’s doing when no one’s looking…

    Dan, you have done a wonderful thing by building these fine homes for your ferals, and giving them such kind and generous care. It is encouraging to those of us who see so much neglect and sorrow as we TNR the feral cats that cross our paths. Thank You, Dan, for your great kindness. Is there a chance we could stop by and see your houses? Would just love to look one over “in person!”

  7. Nicole Bryngelson says:

    Oh wow. Dan, you are an amazing man. From one cat lover to another, thank you. :) Most people would just ignore the problem, or worse, take cruel measures to get rid of the cats. This is truly inspiring.

  8. Mike's mom says:

    So proud of you guys for doing this. Your mom raised you right! Not so sure about the camera though. Are you sure the NSA won’t want to confiscate your footage?

    Seriously, you set a great example.

  9. Skittles says:

    This is awesome. Last fall I did the same project. But we used plastic covered insulation. Which is honestly takes up more space in the boxes. We only have one entry point. I wont use the flaps because my cats refuse to enter. But we do have the heated pads. I thought this was a good idea, as I had to put a box in front of my house, and did not want to attract more attention to the cats than needed. I also think using plastic hose containers work good for single cat pit stop condos. We don’t put food or water dishes near containers because the raccoons that come to eat crumbs and water scare the cats away. We do pick up the food at night but they still come to see whats left. So we built a separate feeding station near plug for heated water bowl. I will be asking husband to add second door possibly a window. I had been previously informed that cats like to be able to see out of boxes in-case there is danger approaching. You did a wonderful job and thank you for being so kind to those kitties.

  10. Gerri says:

    Hi Dan,

    I have a colony of cats that I have been feeding for the past two years. I love these cats but soon I have to move and have no idea what to do. I don’t want to take them to the humane society because I have been told they will most likely be killed because they have too many now.

    The cats depend on me for food morning,noon and night. I also use my garage as shelter with straw for them all 4 seasons. Only a couple of them let me actually pick them up but they are all comfortable with me being around.

    My children will head off to college away from home this September’2013 and my house is too large for just me and it’s time for me to downsize but I refuse to move until I know they are going to be provided for and not separated from each other.

    I have 4 cats and 2 dogs in the house now so I can’t bring anymore into my home although I wish I could.
    Please help me, for I love these cats tremendously. There are about somewhere between 25 and 40 cats.
    They come at different times to eat so if you came into my yard you would probably see only 1 or 2 at most.

    Thank you,
    Gerri Ward