These shelters and cat houses are designed for withstanding the outdoors, although there’s nothing stopping you from using them inside or under a patio.
Perhaps you want to set up a cozy spot in your outdoor cat enclosure, or your fully enclosed backyard if you’re lucky enough to have one.
Note: Keeping cats outdoors permanently (as in all day and all night) is strongly discouraged. These outdoor shelters are recommended by us for supplemental comfort in addition to your cat’s indoor life as part of the family. Alternatively, they also provide an option for stray cats who have no permanent shelter and who may use an outdoor shelter during cold or poor weather when they have no other safe place to go.
ecoFLEX Outdoor Feral Cat House
It’s simple and it works. That’s the ecoFLEX in a nutshell. It might not win any design awards for its looks, but this is a functional outdoor house for cats. The company has even named it a “feral cat house” because it’s made to provide a safe shelter environment for those cats we all love and care about, but for whatever reason, can not catch or find a home for. Stray living cats can appreciate having a warm, safe shelter to curl up in.
Pawhut Heated Outdoor Cat Shelter
This is a soft, heated, waterproof small cat house. Well, it is waterproof in the sense that water can’t penetrate the material HOWEVER, the small size and design of the entrance hole means that rain can certainly make its way in; as can the wind. This is the type of shelter that you’d place underneath an existing shelter, like a patio.
The heating feature is able to provide excellent comfort, but it’s not a bed that is suitable for placing out in the open like some of the more structurally sound cat houses I talk about in this guide.
What if you just wanted a fancy, heated shelter for your indoor cat? Yep, you can certainly use this one indoors. Why not?
Petsfit Outdoor & Indoor Wooden Cat House
This pyramid shape house provides a degree of protection from rain and wind with the overhanging roof above the entrance. But you’ll need to have somewhere to elevate this house as there are no legs on it, and it’s not ideal to have it placed directly on the ground. This is a small downside, and it would have been quite simple for the company to have included this design feature.
Along with the front entrance, which measures 7.8″ high and 5.5″ wide, there’s an “escape hatch” at the back for a quick exit if need be.
The construction is cedar wood (painted with a water based paint – 4 different colors to choose from) which has a high rot resistance. The company estimates an approximately three year life if the shelter is kept out in the elements, although this will depend upon the rainfall level and general climate conditions.
Petmate Kitty Kat Condo
The round shape is not just there for a cool igloo look; it’s a functional way of letting rain run off the shelter quickly and without pooling anywhere. For a stray cat needing a warm, comfy place to sleep, this is a good quality choice that will last a long time.
But it’s also ideal for indoor or enclosed pet cats (after all, there’s no rule saying this or ANY of the shelters in this guide can’t be used indoors!).
The floor is made of carpet, so you don’t even have to put a blanket inside if you’d prefer not to. Although it is a good idea to do so for easier maintenance and cleaning.
Insulated with foam and made from material that is not porous (doesn’t allow wind or water to penetrate), makes this a particularly solid shelter constructed from solid hard plastic. The good thing about plastic, compared to wood, is you’ll find it’s not going to rot or build up mildew or moss on it if it’s exposed to dampness. You can also very easily clean it with a quick hose down if required.
ecoFLEX Outdoor Cat House
Looking like a more traditional dog kennel style house, the ecoFlex is built with a unique material that the company has developed themselves. They provide a 10 year warranty, so they’re extremely confident of this being a long lasting structure that, as they state, is “better than wood or plastic”.
The house is slightly elevated, so there’s no contact with the ground. This allows the whole structure to last longer, as well as removes the cat from the potential coldness of the ground.
K&H Outdoor Kitty Houses
Made of nylon with a vinyl surface for waterproofing, this is a soft shelter when compared with wood and plastic models. It’s ideal for use under porches and patios, garages, and in other more sheltered environments. It’s not ideal for placing in an exposed outdoor spot.
You can choose between a heated and unheated version, allowing you to save money if you don’t need a heated house.
There’s a one year warranty on the K&H shelters. Compared to the EcoFLEX houses, which come with a 10 year warranty, this could be considered a short warranty even though it’s quite standard (the EcoFLEX warranty is rather exceptional). But if a long warranty is important to you, it’s something to be aware of.
Milliard Portable Heated Outdoor Cat House
The Milliard cat house is virtually identical to the K&H above.
If you want to use the heating in this house, you’ll need to have it plugged into a power outlet with the 6′ long cord. Again, this is a house suited for placement close to or inside your home in a protected spot. It is not a completely waterproof shelter and ideally shouldn’t be exposed to rain.
If you plan to use this house for a stray cat around your property, ensure that it’s placed in a protected location, otherwise consider one of the more robust cat shelters like the wooden or plastic structures, which provide a much more weatherproof environment.
Similar to the K&H shelters, this one is also made from nylon with a vinyl covering. It makes it a lightweight shelter, but one that’s relatively well insulated.