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Best Outdoor Cat House for 2020

Cats who love to spend lots of time outside and come and go as they please can often leave you a little bit worried.

Where are they when it is raining? Are they at the door pawing to get in when you’re at work? What about overnight?

Having an outdoor cat house can soften some of that worry, as they have somewhere to go and it offers warmth and shelter. Outdoor cat houses are also great for any outdoor cats, or if you’ve adopted/look after a stray which won’t come into your home.

The houses below are all perfectly snug for cats, able to keep water and wind out and be jazzed up with blankets, heat mats and anything else you feel appropriate.

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    Our Top Picks

    Image Product Details
    Penthouse Cat House
    • Plenty of room for multiple cats
    • Easy building
    • Can be repainted (but is a nice blue anyway)
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    Maisonette Outdoor Cat House
    • Offers shade and shelter
    • Easy to put together and follow instructions
    • Comes with everything you need
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    Mr Snugs Outdoor Cat Kennel House & Shelter
    • Plastic doesn’t have to be maintained
    • The one-piece design has no joins to let in water or wind
    • The recessed door keeps water away from the door
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    The Top 6 Outdoor Cat Shelters Reviewed

    1.
    Penthouse Cat House

    This penthouse is perfect for anybody with a few cats, or one which you just want to spoil with a choice.

    It is three-storey, offering plenty of space for both eventualities, and choice of how they feel. The lower one is a spacious, private hideaway, with the second being an open platform from which they can watch the world go by.

    The third upper level is a smaller room, with an outside balcony and waterproof covered veranda. Each floor has a platform onto which your cat can safely jump, and it is good to place either in the garden, on a patio or indoors.

    It is really easy to put together and remains stable, and there are good instructions which we all like to see.

    Features

    • Plenty of room for multiple cats
    • Easy building
    • Can be repainted (but is a nice blue anyway)

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 72 x 72 x 124 cm
    • Material: Pinewood, Asphalt roof

    2.
    Maisonette Outdoor Cat House

    Brilliant for outdoor spaces and animals, this weatherproof shelter is great for balconies, patios or for putting down at the bottom of the garden.

    It features a lower covered house where they can go for a bit of rest and relaxation, as well as an upper open level where they can still have a nice lie-down but just keep an eye on what is happening.

    This makes it perfect for going through the seasons. The closed area offers protection from wind, rain and sun, and the open platform is great for nice calm Spring days.

    Features

    • Offers shade and shelter
    • Easy to put together and follow instructions
    • Comes with everything you need

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 77 x 56.4 x 72.4 cm
    • Material: Pinewood, Asphalt roof

    3.
    Mr Snugs Outdoor Cat Kennel House & Shelter

    No assembly required, and a one-piece moulded construction, this house will keep all traces of wind and water out, and won’t give you a headache from building it.

    It is good for annual use, with a UV resistant coating and front roof overhang/recessed door to keep the interior dry. The plastic means it is easy to clean and maintain, and it won’t need to be painted or treated every so often as wood would.

    There is also a raised platform at the base, which keeps it off the wet or cold ground.

    Features

    • Plastic doesn’t have to be maintained
    • The one-piece design has no joins to let in water or wind
    • The recessed door keeps water away from the door

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 41 x 55 x 40cm
    • Material: Plastic

    4.
    Outdoor Wooden Cat House

    This is a lovely little house for cats who won’t come inside when the weather is nice.

    It is really stylish and adorable, literally looking like a little human wooden house. But the good news is that it is practical too, being sturdy and water repellent. The paint used is water repellent too, for an extra level of security.

    The total dimensions are generous, perfect for larger cats or those who sleep while stretching. With a terrace around the indoor area, they can sleep outside in the sun or use it as an observation deck.

    While it is large, it is still compact thanks to the clever design, so would be perfect for balconies or patios as well as gardens.

    Features

    • Not heavy or awkward to move
    • Slatted windows give plenty of air

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 95 x 67 x 69cm
    • Material: Spruce wood

    5.
    Wooden Weatherproof Cat House

    This is the cheapest on our list but still made with the outdoors in mind.

    It’s made from fir wood and coated in waterproof paint. The roof is high and angled so any rainwater will just run off, but this does mean there is no protective material which you may want to change.

    The door has a little separate roof which is covered with asphalt, however, which will prevent rain from getting into the door entrance. We also like the escape door on the back of the house, which can be pushed open by your cat should they not be able to get out the front.

    This could prevent any violence if there is another cat feeling nosy, or yours has found an intruder. It isn’t the largest, so they wouldn’t both be able to fit.

    Features

    • Low price
    • Water runs off roof

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 51 x 50.5 x 48.5 cm
    • Material: Firwood

    6.
    Madeira Cat House

    With two floors and three separate sleeping areas, this is a great shelter for multiple cats.

    The two lower pods are connected with a little hole between them, so it could also be used for both a feeding and sleeping area. There is no outdoor balcony, but the upper roof is flat which could give a good higher platform.

    It stands upon four legs with plastic caps, which keeps it off the ground for better insulation and protection from the wet. It’s a really cute design, with cat-shaped frames around each opening and a little platform under the top hole to make it easier to jump up.

    On the back is a wooden door which can be locked but just makes it easier to clean out or add cushions and blankets. We will say that the wood is quite thin plywood and the roof tiles are just stuck on rather than being covered in asphalt, so it is best for cats who will only use it temporarily and you may need to reroof it.

    Features

    • Plain, modern design
    • Enough room for three cats

    Specifications

    • Dimensions: 90 x 50 x 75cm
    • Material: Wood

    Buying Guide

    Size

    We have included the total dimensions, which includes any overhanging roof parts.

    You should also look at the dimensions of the inner areas, to ensure they will have enough space when sleeping – particularly essential for larger or older cats. Also, check the height.

    Because they go outdoors you probably won’t have to worry about the space you’re filling, although double-check if you’re limited.

    Material

    Most are wood. This is safe for your cat, strong and offers the most protection from the weather thanks to the thickness and weight. However, you will have to paint or treat it periodically to ensure it doesn’t rot or split.

    Another option is plastic, and while they are arguably better for being rain-proof, they can be lighter so be aware that they could need fixing to the ground somehow. But they are great for something you can leave alone as they won’t need to be treated.

    Not the material of the roof. It will likely be the same as the body of the shelter but should be covered in some form of asphalt or felt as you would cover a garden shed with.

    Other Buyers Ask...

    Do I need an outdoor cat house?

    People who may wish to buy an outdoor shelter for their cat include:

    • People who are away for long hours at work and can’t install a catflap
    • Anyone with a predominantly outdoor cat
    • Anybody who feeds/keeps an eye on stray cats in their garden

    It offers them protection from rain, snow and wind as well as sun and heat. They also like to feel safe from other animals outdoors, especially when sleeping, and can otherwise find it hard to find suitable warm shelter.

    Can I put blankets into the shelter?

    Feel free to put anything you feel suitable in there. Blankets and beds or cushions are great and will keep them off the ground which could be wet or cold.

    Other ideas are food and toys if there is enough room. It would also be a good place to feed any outdoor cats. If other cats on the block know that it is another cats home, they are unlikely to interfere, and this also means that their food won’t be eaten.