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eRubbermaid.com's "Roughneck Homes" Program

Not-for-profit Program to Assist in Rescuing Feral Cats.

eRubbermaid.com is proud to support the ongoing fight to maintain the overwhelming population of feral cats in the Unites States. Through our "Roughneck Homes" program you will find resources to help build and maintain a safe living environment for feral cats in your area, as well as access to our popular Roughneck Containers at zero-margin prices/delivery for use in building your shelter or donating to a charitable organization.

What are "Roughneck Homes"?

Roughneck Containers are large Rubbermaid Bins used for storing goods in your home or commercial setting and have become a popular means to providing a safe and secure living environment for stray cats. With a little creativity, these containers can be transformed into adequate shelter to protect against environmental and predatorial dangers. Cold weather insulation and feeding stations are also easy improvements in areas where feline lives are at ever greater risk.

Our Roughneck Homes Program offers access to wholesale pricing on 2 of the most popular Rubbermaid Totes used for creating safe feral cat shelters.

"Roughneck Homes" - Outdoor Protective Cat Shelter Instructions
Concept by Indy Feral. Application by Simon Smith (pictured right)

Simon Smith (age 12) pictured with his shelter and cat - Scratches. Simon is the driving force behind the Roughneck Homes Program. His other pet product creations can be found on his Facebook page - Crafts & Things

Roughneck Homes are easy to make and a lot of fun. Using the instructions and pictures below, you can construct your feral cat shelter in just 15 minutes. Always use the utmost caution when using a blade or knife to make the entrance/exits of your shelter.

  • Depending on the climate, shelter may actually be more important for survival than even food.
  • Dry, wind-proof shelter can do a large part in fending off frostbite in the ears and paws from elements such as freezing winds, snow and rain.
  • While feral cats typically build a think protective coat for winter, the effectiveness of their fur as insulation is greatly reduced as it becomes wet or frozen and can often times result in hypothermia.

"Roughneck Homes" Shelter - Easy to make home suitable for one to two cats.

Often times cats will resist entering a shelter with only one exit as it puts them in a vulnerable position to predatory dangers. You may need to cut additional holes on the opposite side to incentivize colony cats to use your roughneck home.

As the cats grow accustomed to their new shelter, it may be desirable to add additional protection from wind or other elements by placing a door flap made of heavy plastic or vinyl to each entrance of your roughneck home.

The shelter built on this page utilizes the 18-Gallon Rubbermaid Tote and is most suitable for 1 feral Cat. For 2+ cats, simply replicate these instructions using the 36 Gallon Tote and a larger Styrofoam Cooler.