Claybird.....when I was a young girl a stray cat followed me home from school. It stayed in my yard but my parents wouldn't allow the cat into the house so I had to make provisions for it outside. It was winter and cold enough to require a shelter for the animal.
I turned over a large clean, new aluminum trash can onto it's side and aimed the opening towards the outside wall of my house, leaving just a couple of inches for the cat to squeeze through to get into the can. Across the top edge of the open side of the can I put a towel or blanket. I put blankets inside for her too. Then I braced both sides of the can with a piece of chopped firewood to prevent the can from rolling in the wind. Of course having the side of the house almost up against the opening of the can was quite a wind buffer too.
That cat used the aluminum garbage can for shelter every day until my parents finally let me bring the cat into the garage to spend nights. It was simple and it worked.
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