To protect stray cats from the elements, a designer makes shelters by recycling tires

The life of a stray cat is far from easy. In the street, danger comes from everywhere. Road traffic, lack of food, sharp objects, bacteria and viruses, etc. But the weather can also be dangerous. Especially when felines are not used to it.

Climate change puts Egyptian cats at risk

In Egypt, climate change has upset temperatures. Animals, like humans, face much more intense cold in winter, and sometimes even snowstorms. An unprecedented situation, which endangers stray cats.

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To help felines survive the cold season, a designer, Ibrahim Abougendy, then had an idea. He decided to make shelters in which the cats could snuggle up and warm themselves, protected from the weather. For this, he needed an insulating material. What could be better than recycling tires? By choosing this base for the construction of the shelters, the designer has also done an ecological act.

Solid shelters adapted to urban environments

Illustration of the article: To protect stray cats from the elements, a designer makes shelters from recycled tires

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The manufacturing technique consists of flattening the tire in the middle, so as to create two small welcoming alcoves. The shelter, in the shape of an 8, is then closed at the front and at the back with wood. Finally, it is painted, and two openings in the shape of cats’ heads are cut in the wood.

Thanks to the chosen design materials, the shelters are heavy and resistant. They are therefore perfectly suited to urban environments. To attract felines, all you have to do is insert a few pieces of fragrant food.

Illustration of the article: To protect stray cats from the elements, a designer makes shelters from recycled tires© Reuters

Ibrahim Abougendy is a specialist in ecological design

Cat shelters aren’t the only eco-friendly ideaIbrahim Abougendy. He is indeed the founder of an ecological design house, called Mobikya.

Feline shelters, which can accommodate up to 5 cats, can be ordered from him. In addition, the designer accepts donations of supplies to build new ones, as indicated by Mena News.

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