Snug as three cats in a straw-filled barrel: Cowboy, Ken & Lefty
February 25, 2010: Happy Birthday, Jennifer!
We got the idea for making this barrel shelter from a dog breeder/trainer from Alabama. He made his out of light-weight plastic barrels, which he could easily load and stack in a horse trailer, taking his dogs and horses with him as he traveled to dog trials in the US and Canada. What you can't see is that the bottom half of the cut-out end is still intact. That keeps the straw inside and stops some snow from drifting in when the wind is out of the south.
This is the first winter that the barrel has been in this location, which gets full afternoon sunshine. The kitties absolutely love the warmth and the view. They can see everything that goes on in the yard.