The Kitty Tube Gen 3 Outdoor Insulated Cat House - Feral Option with Straw
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- The Kitty Tube Gen. 3 –Feral option with straw. "The Kitty Tube- Generation 3 is Guaranteed to keep the weather out" The Kitty Tube is simply the highest quality, best insulated outdoor cat house on the market today!
- Comes with awnings and removable clear flap door. The Kitty Tube provides an economical, safe and secure home for up to 3 cats. The Kitty Tube's unique door design will also protect your cat from predators. Alley Cat Allies and Feral Fixers Approved.
- The Kitty Tube includes enough bulk straw to allow up to two fresh layers of bedding and is fully insulated on floor, walls and roof with high quality, high R value insulation.
- The built in lifting handles can be adjusted to supply full flow through ventilation for the summer and can be closed to retain heat in the winter.
- The Kitty Tube is environmentally friendly, made from post consumer recycled content and is proudly MADE IN THE USA. The Kitty Tube shell is guaranteed for life to never chip, crack, or fade. By purchasing our products, you are supporting many American businesses and their families. See website for instructional videos to install Kitty Tube accessories.
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The Kitty Tube Gen. 3 – Fully insulated outdoor cat house - Feral option with straw. The Feral Option Kitty Tube comes with enough bulk straw to allow up to 2 fresh layers of bedding. Straw is the preferred bedding for feral cats. The Kitty Tube includes an awning with gasket over the main door opening with a clear removable flap door. - A vent cap on the lid to remove moisture laden air that causes condensation. -A Scratch Guard™ and moisture resistant interior surface that won't harbor mold, mildew, bacteria, or cat spray/urine. -A vapor barrier that reduces condensation. -Awnings over the top handle/ventilation holes so they can be left open in the rain/snow. -A slightly elevated bottom with a drainage system. -Easy to remove insulation that will lay flat for cleaning. The Kitty Tube has a removable top lid, is seamless in construction, and is earth friendly due to post-consumer recycled content. The one-piece construction provides a smooth interior which is easily cleaned with a simple spray of a garden hose. The dome lid keeps your pet dry in even the heaviest of rains. The geometric shape resists wind, and is naturally preferred by cats. The Kitty Tube provides a safe, economical, and maintenance-free shelter for your pet. Designed for outdoor use, the Kitty Tube is fully insulated to be cool in the summer and ultra warm in the winter. The unique one door design provides easy passage for your cat but will not allow predators like dogs or coyotes to get to your cat. The Kitty Tube also creates a safe and secure haven for your cat to give birth. All Kitty Tube items returned in UNUSED condition, within the 30 day return period, will have a restocking fee of 20% of purchase price. All Kitty Tube items returned in USED condition, within the 30 day return period, will have a restocking fee of 30% of purchase price. Kitty Tube DOES NOT accept returns beyond 30 days of purchase.
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UPDATE ON 2/1/2016: I had been looking for some type of circular plastic grates to place inside the bottoms underneath the hay so that the rainwater doesn't touch the hay or the kitties, which would help. All I could find were these 22" diameter (2" high) storm drain grates on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Storm-Drain-FSD-3017-G20B-Round-Grate/dp/B002GJ47RA (Storm Drain FSD-3017-G20B 20" Round Flat Grate for Catch Basin). They're not cheap and I needed to order two (one for each Kitty Tube). The total came to $84.22. I will still need to drain the rainwater from each Kitty Tube after each rainstorm as the grates are only 2" high.
2nd UPDATE ON 4/1/2016: I decided to drill two small holes (the size of pencil erasers) in the bottoms of both Kitty Tubes so that the rainwater will drain out on its own, and then set the Kitty Tubes on top of bricks to help with the drainage.. so far so good.
O.k., update a couple weeks and a few rainstorms later. I'm sorry to say, but I have downgraded my opinion of the Kitty Tube to piece of expensive junk! I was right about the roof vent cap- it leaks no matter how you try to modify it. With the vent cap in place, it leaks. Without it, using a thick piece of plastic on both sides to cover the hole and sealed with Gorilla tape, it leaks. With the vent cap back on and silicone added around the gasket, it leaks. With still more silicone and then more Gorilla tape around the cap, it leaks. I guess if you live in an area where it never rains or snows, the Kitty Tube would work outdoors, or if you keep it in a barn, garage or maybe even a carport where no rain or snow will settle on the roof, then perhaps. But as an outdoor house, while the concept is good, the fabrication stinks. I contacted the company to see if they can make a replacement lid without a hole in the roof, but they said no. And then asked me to make sure I had installed everything correctly, like the handle awnings, to make sure it wasn't leaking somewhere else. I am not an idiot: I know how to snap on handle awnings and I know exactly where this thing leaks. I also have a strong feeling that sitting on wet ground, water will also eventually pool up inside the floor of the Kitty Tube. This company needs to pay attention to these reviews and get rid of all the extra holes to fix the leaks! For me, this house was a complete waste of money. The Kitty Tube is going back to the recycling center and I'm going back to Feralvilla, and not worry about what my neighbors think!
First Impression - Good
My indoor kitties immediately took to the Kitty Tube while it was indoors being assembled. They loved it! So I was very hopeful the feral kitties would eventually use the shelter.
Shelter Design - Excellent
The shelter is well built and durable with nice insulation around the walls and ceiling. The top lifts off easily to inspect and clean. Assembly was easy (I used the YouTube video instructions). I added two sheets of mylar to the bottom of the unit for extra heat retention for the upcoming winter. The straw sits on top of the mylar.
Protection - Very Good
We get windy rainstorms, and yes, this shelter kept the straw inside dry even after Hurricane Matthew visited central NC.
I contacted the owner about how much straw to use inside (3 inches). He was very friendly and helpful.
Feral Kitties - Approved!
It took several weeks of enticements (and cold weather) for them to go inside. I initially put out the first shelter on my deck for several days in September. I left the top off so the kittens could go inside and find treats. They were curious but leery of it. I eventually placed this unit near bushes where the family sleeps but they did not use it. So I put a toy pillow filled with catnip inside it. They would go inside to get the toy but not sleep in it. I kept periodically spraying the unit with pheromones or catnip. I ordered a second unit hopeful they would eventually begin using it once the weather got colder. I sprinkled catnip inside of each unit on top of the straw. After Hurricane Matthew, a cold front arrived and temperatures dropped to the low 40s. I saw one of the kittens walk out of the unit when she heard me come outside to feed them in the morning. Success! They are using it.
Conclusion - Highly Recommend!
I just had to be patient, give the feral kitties some enticements and wait for it to get cold enough for them to use the shelter. It gives me peace of mind knowing these little kitties have shelter for the winter. I am deeply grateful that Jim Bradac invented such a quality shelter.