It’s getting cold, windy, and rainy here so we wanted to try to give Squatty the Stray someplace a little warmer to snooze. He won’t get on a blanket or go into a shelter, so we thought a pile of straw might feel non-threatening and cozy for him. Our yard has a thick layer of shredded redwood mulch, so we thought straw might be a texture that would be somewhat familiar to him.
Squatty has been curling up beneath our dining room window. This is a safe spot for him because it’s set back into an “L” of our house that’s sheltered by the deep eaves of the roof. This area also allows him to see anything that’s approaching like a dog, cat, raccoon, or person, and there’s enough space to escape so that he probably doesn’t feel trapped.
He was laying directly in front of the house vent, so while he was eating on the porch I made a little pile of straw next to where he had been laying. I figured this would give him a chance to smell the straw and lay on it, but if he didn’t like it he still had his spot. I needn’t have been concerned because when he went back to his sleeping spot after dinner, he was laying on the straw! Since he didn’t hesitate to use the straw, the next day I made the pile much bigger so he could snuggle in. He’s been using it for two days now and we’re pretty sure he’s sleeping there at night.
I think he’d stay completely dry and more protected from the wind if his straw pile was in the right-hand corner so I will get more straw and make him another pile in the corner. Maybe he doesn’t like the corner because he doesn’t have as good sight-lines and feels trapped. But at least he will have the option of another snuggly area.