My 19 year old cat has lost the box. Everything else is healthy except she's deaf. I'm looking into a way to confine her where she can be comfortable all year around until she passes on. She will have to be in a place I can clean up easily.
I've been considering a lean-to type sheet polycarbonate walled greenhouse structure, pre-fab and assemble and screw into the side wall of the house. It comes 4'x6 or 4x8' with a sliding door. Looks pretty cheap - molded aluminum frame pieces with a track for the poly sheets. The larger one has a roof vent. It's around 6' tall.
I have a porch with roof where I could put it. It would abut the two windows in my living room. I could go out there to feed and groom her and put a chair in there to sit with her and read.
But I have no clue whether I need the bigger one because I'll need the roof vent. And I have no clue of how warm the thing could become, or how cold. The porch has a roof, and there are regular spaced gaps between the floor boards, so fresh air would come up thru the floor and sunshine would be restricted by the roof. The porch faces NE, so it gets some morning sun but none after 10am in the winter.
I have also been looking at a window greenhouse which would place my cleanup at waist height, but cost a lot more. Most of the pre-fab ones seem to not be very deep, and I can't get a pre-fab which actually covers one of my windows which are nearly 3'x6'. They all seem to be only 48" high. Having a custom one built is probably not in the budget considering the prices for the standard ones.
So what experience and perspectives could you share with me while I try to resolve this issue?
This cat could easily live another two years, and the idea of squatting or bending over to clean a large animal cage daily for that long does not appeal. Bad enough that she can't live any longer where I can talk to her and cuddle her.
In addition, the only room in my house where she can live is the bathroom - not very appealing if I have visitors.