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Architects for Animals' creative cat shelters

By: Laura Moss on Jan. 13, 2012, 9:08 a.m.
Co Adaptive Architecture's salvaged drum cat shelter

Photo: Dana Edelson

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Salvaged drum shelter

This year’s winning design is truly the cat’s meow. It was created by Co Adaptive Architecture and designer Kathryn Walton, founder of The American Street Cat. The body of the shelter is a 20-gallon salvaged drum lined with recycled denim insulation, and the insulation pillow on the floor is sheathed in a fabric pillowcase that can be removed and washed as needed. This shelter is also equipped with a pressure sensor, an LED light that illuminates when the drum is occupied, and a radio transmitter that sends information to a base station that posts the weight of the cat and the duration of its stay on the Web in real time.

“Since one base station can support hundreds of shelters within a 1-mile radius, multiple shelters located within multiple cat colonies can provide useful data for caretakers and certified trap-neuter-return workers,” according to Co Adaptive.