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Cutting the Escape Hole
Except...
  ...you will NOT complete the cut of the entire hole.
  Now that you have located the spot and measured for the side escape hole, you will follow the same procedure as you did for the front or entrance hole--
  The hinge will move in or out; it is relatively firm, and will take very little effort from the cat to open it.  The plastic is pretty tough and will not flex with just a breeze.  Probably, the escape hole won't be used much--unless the cat likes to get his/her back scratched!

  The door will remain almost closed--just enough open space to let the cat know s/he can escape!  After the cat gets comfortable and feels somewhat safe, s/he might pile the straw against the escape hole to stop the slight draft.  Can you say anthropomorphic?  No--I just observed it!
  Next, you will drill about 6 drain holes in the trough area that follows the perimeter of the inside floor of the shelter.  Drill a 3/8" hole in each corner of the trough channel and one in the middle of the trough channel on each side.  Try to make the hole in the middle area of the trough.

  This will help any rain/water that gets inside to drain out through the bottom.
  Use needle nose pliers to help pull out any sharp remnants from the drilled holes in the plastic.
  Sand the holes with a piece of 60 grit sandpaper--just to remove any sharp edges.  Feel around the hole for any sharp edges.
Sanding the Entrance and Escape holes
  Sand around the inside edges of the shelter entrance and escape holes (sand the inside and outside perimeter of the escape hole door) .  Sand the inside of the hole as well as the outside.  Run your fingers around the hole to feel for any sharp edges.
  Since the material is plastic, you don't have to apply a lot of pressure--just enough to get the sharp points smooth to the touch!
Vacuum, then wipe the shelter with a damp cloth or paper towel to get all the dust and plastic particles.  Then dry it with a cloth or paper towel.
  Looking good!  It's ready to go outside.  You can paint it or use it as is.

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Feral Cat Shelter:  Escape Hole Cutting
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Cutting the Escape Hole
Study the measurements for the escape hole.
Note: You can right click on some items to view an enlarged version
  Now that you have located the spot and measured for the side escape hole, you will follow the same procedure as you did for the front or entrance hole--
Except...
  ...you will NOT complete the cut of the entire hole.
View of the escape hole from inside the container.
View of the escape hole from the outside.
  The hinge will move in or out; it is relatively firm, and will take very little effort from the cat to open it.  The plastic is pretty tough and will not flex with just a breeze.  Probably, the escape hole won't be used much--unless the cat likes to get his/her back scratched!
  The door will remain almost closed--just enough open space to let the cat know s/he can escape!  After the cat gets comfortable and feels somewhat safe, s/he might pile the straw against the escape hole to stop the slight draft.  Can you say anthropomorphic?  No--I just observed it!
Drain Holes
Drain Holes
  Next, you will drill about 6 drain holes in the trough area that follows the perimeter of the inside floor of the shelter.  Drill a 3/8" hole in each corner of the trough channel and one in the middle of the trough channel on each side.  Try to make the hole in the middle area of the trough.

  This will help any rain/water that gets inside to drain out through the bottom.
  Use needle nose pliers to help pull out any sharp remnants from the drilled holes in the plastic.
  Sand the holes with a piece of 60 grit sandpaper--just to remove any sharp edges.  Feel around the hole for any sharp edges.
Sanding the Entrance and Escape holes
  Sand around the inside edges of the shelter entrance and escape holes (sand the inside and outside perimeter of the escape hole door) .  Sand the inside of the hole as well as the outside.  Run your fingers around the hole to feel for any sharp edges.
  Since the material is plastic, you don't have to apply a lot of pressure--just enough to get the sharp points smooth to the touch!
Vacuum, then wipe the shelter with a damp cloth or paper towel to get all the dust and plastic particles.  Then dry it with a cloth or paper towel.
  Looking good!  It's ready to go outside.  You can paint it or use it as is.

What else is there to do with the cat shelter?

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