Catpod - outdoor cat shelter 

Catpod is a outdoor cat shelter made from a Contico Monster Fun Storage Trunk and a Ferplast Swing 1 cat flap.
catpod - outdoor cat shelter

Catpod is a simple product idea I came up with to provide shelter for our cats. It's basically a 189 litre Contico Monster Fun Storage Trunk with a Ferplast Swing 1 lockable cat flap at one end.


  • External: L 1100 x W 510 x H 480mm
  • Internal: L 910 x W 360 x H 420mm
  • Capacity: 189 Litre
  • Weight: approx. 5 kg


  • Easy to make. Total construction time was about 25 minutes.
  • Weather resistant
  • The addition of the lockable Ferplast cat flap enables the shelter to be used as a secure cat carrier / transporter. Ventilation is achieved through the vents under the handle recesses of the box
  • The Contico box has a moulded base which lifts it off the ground for additional insulation and a secure snap-fit lid. The box is also tough, light weight, easy to move with the handles, easy the access with the removable lid, easy to clean, and the all-plastic constuction requires no painting

Total cost - £20.99 (box - £16, cat flap - £4.99).

I used the Contico box because I like the groovy red and blue colours, but you can also get them in all green plastic. Tesco, Homebase, Focus DIY, Solent Plastics and other retailers stock them. I chose the Ferplast cat flap because it is very well made compared to cat flaps of similar price, and it is also jolly simple to fit without any fiddling.

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Editors note : Jase was too modest to give his own gadget smilies - but we think it's such a GREAT idea that we decided to do it for him. As cat owners ourselves (five at the last count, with the oldest at 19) we can see some wonderful applications for the "CatPod". I hope you'll all agree that this great idea definitely deserves a 'Highly Commended' award!

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Comment by ukchriss, 24 Aug 2009 10:39


Comment by Katie, 23 Aug 2009 11:33

An interesting idea - it looks easy to make. How does the cat have access to fresh air, is there any ventilation?  I can imagine it must be pretty airtight in there - it would be rather dangerous for a cat in hot weather unless there are air holes...

Comment by Helaine, 7 Oct 2008 17:00

I need someone to respond to my questions on the price, quality and warmth of the catpod.  Someone who has used this already needs to respond.

Comment by Helaine, 7 Oct 2008 16:54

I need more info on this Catpod.  How many cats can fit inside?  How much does this cost along with shipping and handling?  Is there a guarantee if I am not pleased and wish to return the catpod?  How is this catpod different from me buying a large plastic container and making something for the cats?  Does your catpod keep the cats warm throughout the winter? Please let me know the answers to these questions as I would be interested in ordering.

Comment by davena, 5 Oct 2008 14:32

where can i buy a catpod, ihave searched the web and cannot find anyone who supplies them? i am desperate for one!

Comment by ukchriss, 17 Apr 2008 0:35

Great Idea!

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