TWO-TONE GRAY XL Emergency Cat Shelter plus Entrance Shield

Extra Large Emergency Cat Shelter with Entrance Shield
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XL Emergency Cat Shelter

..... plus ENTRANCE SHIELD .....
- holds 3-4 cats -

Includes: A FREE filling of straw & A FREE Door Flap


IGLOO Coolers are one of the leaders in the cooler industry. When we purchase these coolers from our supplier, they are usually twice as expensive as some of the other brands and that is because of their high quality. They are very durable, have watertight snap-shut lids, poly hinges and hardware, and they use their unique 1" thick ULTRA-THERM insulation which keeps the interior temperature warmer, longer. Interior heat is generated by a cat's breath and body heat. ULTRA-THERM insulation (and the addition of straw) will help to trap all this heat inside a cat's shelter. This, basically, turns a cat into a little radiator …. helping to heat their own home. 

We include a FREE Big Bag of straw that will fill the interior of this shelter.  Straw helps trap in that heat discussed above. Ark Workshop STRAW is harvested from Indiana fields. We selected a supplier that takes great pride in the growth of his straw. He strives to make sure that his fields have little to no weed growth so that his straw is of the highest quality. He also processes his straw in such a way as to limit the amount of straw dust. The straw is cut long and has wide coverage versus short straw which does not cover as much and can carry dust. In addition, our supplier’s straw is stored inside ….. where it is kept dry and never exposed to moisture. Dry straw is long lasting and a great insulator. Blankets, towels, flat newspapers, etc., retain wetness and should not be used as insulation. These absorb body heat and will actually make a cat colder. Straw is better because it is less prone to mold or rot. 

FREE RUBBER FLAP for entrance: 
We also include a FREE rubber-cushioned door flap (and entrance header) to help keep out wind, rain, and snow. We use rubber-cushioned flaps because we find that ferals (and timid cats) are more apt to push through a softer flap and, therefore, more inclined to use the shelter. Door flaps are removable or can be pinned back if there needs to be a transition time while cat is investigating the house. Also, 2 entrance shelters are available at  

The entrance shield is attached and silicone sealed to the shelter.  Its purpose is to shunt water droplets and driving rain away from the entrance as well guarding the entrance from gusty winds.  It gives the inner area of the entrance protection from those elements and shields the inside from harsh weather.  The shield is a rubberized, poly material and is very durable.



For this EMERGENCY CAT HOUSE, we use a top-of-the-line IGLOO cooler with a snap-tight lid for a watertight seal.  According to the manufacturer's product description: "Marine coolers are preferred by fishermen and boating enthusiasts everywhere. They're loaded with features designed for marine functionality and built to withstand wet, sunny and salty conditions. They have an Ultratherm® insulated cooler body, UV inhibitors that guard against sun damage, marine-grade extended life hinges, stainless-steel hardware, and stain-and odor-resistant liners." 

* Size: This 120 QUART COOLER has been modified into a very warm EMERGENCY cat shelter. 
* Overall size: 38L x 17W x 18H
* INNER VOLUME: approx 34"L x 14"W x 14"tall
* Holds 2-3 cats, possibly 4 if they like to snuggle .... which most do.
* Weight: 18 lbs.
* Everything you need is already included: FREE Rubber-Cushioned Door Flap & FREE BIG BAG Straw. No assembly required. Item is ready to use when it arrives. 
* Includes proper hole size and customer friendly pivot roof.  Entrance has been caulked and sealed.  Also, Entrance header has been installed to help shunt away water drips and snow.
* White color blends in nicely with environment and does not stand out.
* An Instructions Manual is included with each house. Manual is full of information including placement suggestions, ideas to get timid cats to use their new home, and much more.  

Are you seeing some cat tracks around your home and do you suspect you may have a stray cat looking for a warm place to stay? .....or ..... Do you actually know of a cat that is in urgent need of a warm cat shelter and time is of the essence? We think we can help with our QUICK SHIP "Need It Now" insulated cat shelter. The round entrance is 6" diameter which allows a cat easy enter and exit. Some feel round entrances (versus square) help to better guard against drafts and also make it harder for predators to cause their problems. The entrance is also set off to the upper left side so that cats can enter up high and then nestle down low in the bottom right corner ..... away from the entrance and where they will feel safe. Their own breath and body heat will help fill the interior with warmth and then Igloo's Ultratherm insulation helps trap that heat inside....creating a very warm interior. We include a FREE, removable rubber-cushioned DOOR FLAP that is rubberized on the exterior and soft cushioned fabric on the interior. The flap is non restrictive and cats can easily exit and enter through it ........ even timid cats. We also include 1 filling of straw that does a great job in keeping the interior warm. Straw is highly recommended by Cat Rescue Organizations because of its quick acceptance by cats, it does not hold moisture that cats may bring in from the outside (snow on their fur, paws, etc), and its great insulating properties. All Barn animals will testify to that! Very limited supply of these houses are available. Fair price and shipping. 



"Mark and Jane,  I set it up Wednesday, trailed some catnip up to it and put a little inside, then went away for the weekend.  This morning I was greeted by a familiar local feral cat peeking out at me from the shelter.  When it was out I opened it up and saw the straw had been arranged and slept upon.  I let the flap go loose and closed it up.  Success!  Have a great holiday season.  Bob P." 

"Just received my second emergency cat shelter, Hope to get it out by when my feral youngsters are healed from their neutering. Spent an anxious night last night as wind chills were -30 here, But I need not have worried.With the heating pad and the good insulation from the shelter, they popped out this morning for some eats. Thanks so much. I don’t know if they would have survived this cold without a good shelter." 

"Thanks for the great customer service. Very happy with the cat house. Nice straw for the cats. The two little feral cats were a bit slow to check out the house, but I removed the flap as suggested in the instructions, which I think helped them feel move comfortable about the closed space. It took a good 4 weeks or so before they begin to use it. Now, they use it every day, and both of them will nap in it together. These cats are great buddies, so no problem with them sharing the space. Through hard rains, cold temperatures, and snow, the house remains dry inside. I laid fleece material over the straw for extra warmth and comfort. Wonderful to know that they have a warm, dry, and safe place!" 

"Hello There,  We purchased the "Emergency Cat Shelter"  Mama the Stray Cat we have been feeding since last July 2017 was so happy to use it after (at your suggestion) we took the flap off.   Good news Mama has given birth to 5 or 6 beautiful Kittens in the Emergency Shelter that I had placed in the garage as soon as I noticed she was pregnant.   We have found a wonderful Rescue Shelter that is willing to take Mama along with her babies this Monday.   Your "Emergency Shelter" has been a true blessing all the way around.   Thank You & God Bless." 

"I just received the cat shelters and I am very pleased with them. They look  very sturdy and I like the openings. I also appreciate the informative literature you included.  Thank you for your product and your service"  Sandy 

"Perfect transaction and shipping. Perfect cat house shelter! Very pleased!"

"Well made and a good idea."

"This shelter is excellent our feral neighborhood cat loves it, thank you and super fast shipping!"

"I have received them and already have one in use and will put the other out later. I have a stray that has showed up about two months ago. I am so happy he is safe, warm and dry...and I know he is too, as he spends most of his time in there!" 


OPTIONAL FEATURES:  ESCAPE DOOR, WINDOW, & VENT options will be made to match in color.   At the bottom of this page will be a way to choose options for your EMERGENCY SHELTER.  Adding certain options may add some extra time to shipment due to the workmanshop involved.  When selecting an option below, simply check-mark the option and then type "yes" or "y" or "1" in the drop down box.  The option & amount will be added.  You can add/remove options as you wish.  Also, each option is good for 1 shelter.  If 2 shelters ordered and options selected, then each shelter receives that option.  When selecting options (and if you have specific locations where you would like them placed on the shelter), just specify your locations through a separate email, or the drop downs in the options section, or the SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS section toward the end of the order form.  We have a location chart on the right side of the website for reference.  We will reconfirm all your location choices in the DETAILED CONFIRMATION that we send.  


ESCAPE DOOR w/ flap: for $29 we will install a small 5x5 escape door (w/ door flap) located on the side opposite the entrance and toward the back. Sometimes customers want an emergency escape route for their cats.......especially for houses being used outdoors. If the main entrance is blocked by a predator, the escape door is a quick exit to safety. This is popular for those getting a house for a Feral Cat.  The escape door is used from the inside but no animal can use it from the outside.  Flap is secured flat to house by hardware at the base of flap.  This keeps flap flush to house while allowing cat to exit quickly. 

WINDOW: for $39 we will install a small 3"x5" window which will be located on the front of the house...opposite side of the entrance. Sometimes customers want their pet to be able to see outside while in the house. The window is made of strong plexiglass and is secured into the window area.  

VENTILATION: for $49 we will install a 4"x10" ventilation system which will allow you to create inner air flow throughout the shelter.  Some customers, in wamer climates, have concerns about the inner temperature of an insulated shelter during warmer months.  The louvered ventilation system allows you to control air flow, within the shelter, by moving the toggle switch on the vent.  A protective angled header is secured/silicone sealed above the vent and will shunt away all water droplets.  In addition, the ventilation system itself is also silicone sealed into the shelter.  During cold months, simply close off the vent from the outside and insert the one-piece thick insulate pad on the inside.  This will close off the vent and seal out all drafts.  When Spring/Summer return, simply remove the inner foam pad from the vent and reactivate the toggle switch from the outside.  This is a very unique Ark Workshop feature that will allow you to keep your cats comfortable with the changing seasons.  Multiple vents can be ordered, if desired.  For the MEDIUM size, one vent on the back is usually sufficient.  However, some like to have 2-3 vents .... one on each end and the back.  Those can be ordered below in our options section.   For the LARGER sizes, one vent on the back will work fine.  Some have 2 positioned on the back panel since the larger size allows spacing for that.  Vents on the end are also an option.  3-4 vents can also be installed .... one on each side and/or 2 in the back.  White vents for coolers and Tan vents for cedar shelters.   Right click below picture for larger image, if needed.  


MEDIUM: non-electric Heating Mat: For an addittional $29 per item, we'll be happy to include this amazing non-electric heating pad.  The way it works is that it stores in your pet's own body heat and then reflects it back to them .... keeping them warm.   Some materials (like blankets and carpet) will simply take in heat and then that warmth eventually dissipates.  With this heating mat, the mylar insulate padding inside stores that heat .... keeping your pet warm and cozy.  We tested the heating pad ourselves by placing one on an office chair.  In a matter of minutes, we noticed the warmth underneath.  The mats are also designed to repel moisture and not allow the absorption of water.  Another plus is that these mats are safe to use with bedding materials such as STRAW, pine shavings, and cedar shavings.   The non-electric mat is made of a soft fleece cover, plush inner reflective padding, double-sided and reversible for optimum use, and machine washable.  Mat size measures approx 21"L x 17"W x 1.25"thick.  The mat is pliable and conforms nicely to all shelters.  1 is best fit for MEDIUM size shelters.  However, 2 mats conform nicely in all LARGER shelters.   Click here for extra mats.

 EXTRA STRAW - 2 leaves: for $12.  Each shelter ordered comes with a FREE filling of Ark Workshop Straw.  However, if you wanted to get some extra straw for future use, we can include 2 leaves of straw with your order.  2 leaves is good for 2-3 fillings.  By ordering here as an option, there would be no shipping charges for the straw since it will be included with the shelter. 

LARGE-XL-JUMBO SHORT Platform Deck ...... for all size shelters (free shipping): $179.95 for a 1 ft tall cedar platform deck that measures approx 35”long x 35”wide. The legs are made from 4x4 pine posts and are very sturdy.  This platform elevates the house 1 foot off the ground and can provide a level of safety for your cats.  It also prevents rain from splattering off the ground and onto the shelter in addition to keeping it out of accumulating snow.   Attaching leg posts is all that is required and is very easy to do.  Detailed instructions and hardware included. Shelter can be secured to platform, if desired.  JUMBO HOUSE IN PICTURE NOT INCLUDED.  If needing platform to be CEDAR SEALED, click here to order PLATFORMS with sealer. 


 LARGE-XL-JUMBO Platform Deck ...... for all size shelters (free shipping): $199.95 for a 2 ft tall cedar platform deck that measures approx 35”long x 35”wide. The legs are made from 4x4 pine posts and are very sturdy.  This platform elevates the house 2 feet off the ground and can provide a level of safety for your cats.  Cats will feel safe because they have the “higher ground” when lounging in the sun on this decorative platform deck.  Attaching leg posts is all that is required and is very easy to do.  Detailed instructions and hardware included. JUMBO HOUSE IN PICTURE NOT INCLUDED.  If needing platform to be CEDAR SEALED, click here to order PLATFORMS with sealer option. 

$20 CUSTOMIZATION:  Sometimes customers need some minor customizations on their house.  Usually, there's no extra charge to place things like .... entrances, windows, escape doors, etc ....  in different locations.  However, if you wanted an extra window, extra entrance, extra poly door or something that is not mentioned in our options section, this would be the place to order that.  Simply check mark the $20 customization option below and describe what you're needing.  There is also a section at the end of the order process, called SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS, whereby you can share your request there.  You can also email us directly if you have any questions about your customization. 

SELECTING OPTIONS TIP:  When selecting an option below, simply check-mark the option and then type "yes" or "y" or "1" in the drop down box.  This will add the option to your order.

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Price $259.95
Availability In-Stock

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