But when you have a barn cat (best dog we have, by the way), and she doesn't even have a barn, where's a respectable mouser supposed to go? When Two Socks adopted us two years ago, we needed to find a safe place for her to sleep. We had a small utility table that was one of hubby's first work working projects. We also had some left over pieces of siding, so we enclosed the bottom shelf and put a tote inside with some paper shreds and some straw. And Two Socks took up residence right outside the back door. As the weather turned colder, we upgraded her "bed" to a huge dog crate we had on top of the table with a dog bed and some hay inside. She made a nice little nest. Problem was, with all the openings in the dog crate, it was susceptible to the weather - especially rain. So naturally we covered it with a tarp. That worked for over a year.
Leading up to the recent, and very unusual, really cold snap we had last week, hubby wanted to build something a little more weather-proof for our faithful girl (aka the Pasture Manager).
We still used the big dog crate with the bed inside, but we enclosed it in her very own cedar-sided kitten fort. A barn kitty's gotta have a barn, right?
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Until next time, worms rock, bees rule and chickens are my Zen.