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Published on January 6th, 2014 | by Barbara Tien


Gorm, sweet Gorm for feral cats


About ten years ago, four little kittens were born to a feral cat across the street from our house. A neighbor had the four kittens neutered and made sure they were given their shots. Over time different neighbors pitched in with feeding duties.

This year we lost the mom-cat and a generous patron stepped up to make sure the four now-grown cats had a warm and safe habitat for the winter. The result is this GORM-built loft apartments with a dining hall and dormitory. Our patron brought in a carpenter to add a roof to the GORM shelves and sliding doors on the exterior wall. The openings on two sides accommodate the cats’ need for a quick escape route.

We’re thrilled to share this project on Ikeahackers and encourage other maintaining cat colonies to consider the design.

View the details in Ponga. Use a desktop browser to read more about interior lighting and bedding made of a recycled KARLSTAD slipcover.

Alex “Cavour” Desk

The Author


13 Responses to Gorm, sweet Gorm for feral cats

  1. pat says:

    ANY effort that a person makes to help an animal should be applauded, not criticized and “lectured about what they did wrong”.I especially like the posters who didn’t know the climate where the cats lived. That was classic. How many cats have these negative people helped care for? I cared for feral cats in Texas and it is a lot of hard work if it is done right.
    Good on YOU for caring for the cats!

  2. pat says:

    29192 st. hwy 144

  3. Becca says:

    For those worrying about warmth and wind, some sort of fabric curtains could be installed. I’m not sure how the cats would take to it, but it would help to insulate their sleeping area while still allowing for a quick escape route.

  4. tientown tientown says:

    Aw, shucks. Part of what makes this all work is the community supporting the ferals in the area. You’re all right that key is looking after their health. It such fun now bringing them breakfast in the morning or dinner at night and having them peer out of the top floor “dormitory” where they sleep. Still healthy after over 10 years. Pretty sweet.

  5. Judy says:

    Even though your shelter may not be warm enough for cold climates, you have made a serious effort to help animals that so many others would have ignored. THANK YOU for taking such good care of them!

  6. Snaillady says:

    Any attempt to help feral cats should be applauded….most people who care about animals usually know what is needed for their area. Most outdoor cats live an average of 3 years, these cats are old by feral standards. Thanks so much for taking the time and making the effort to make sure these cats have a decent life.

  7. tientown tientown says:

    Thanks for you work taking care of the kitties in your area. Cheers!

  8. tientown tientown says:

    Yep, that’s right! Thanks for noticing.

  9. tientown tientown says:

    This was for our installation here in the San Francisco Bay Area where temps get cold but rarely frosty. Funny you should mention the tub-based designs. This structure actually replaces a couple of attempts at hovel-based homes (you see them in the background of the Ponga picture). With practice, we realized that they needed two exits and a high loft. In the top “sleeping” bunk we have added several blankets on top of the straw-stuffed pillows for added insulation.

    Perhaps the lesson learned was to tune the structure to the residents and the environment.

  10. Melissa says:

    This is fine for cats requiring shelter from rain and wind. The poster says nothing about protection from the cold, and doesn’t seem to be advocating it as shelter from the cold. If you live in the south, this is actually pretty awesome. My feral cats would have loved this!

  11. Jenna says:

    They have dry hay that they replace periodically, just follow the link.

  12. feralcaretaker says:

    I agree with the comment above, and hope that Ikeahackers will consider removing the Gorm post. This structure does not block out wind and is not adequate shelter in a cold climate.

  13. warmshelter says:

    Interesting idea, but not ideal for cold temperatures. Ferals in cold climates need insulated enclosures filled with dry straw to retain warmth. Here is a design recommended by the US Humane Society:

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