Our main chalet block was rebuilt as the old wooden one had deteriorated so badly that it was leaking, despite having been patched up numerous times over the years.
An old cat run was converted in about 2010, to provide a mother and kitten unit, with 4 individual chalets and a socialisation area. Since then it has been home to many expectant mums and dozens of kittens.
The two old sheds that housed our long term furry residents were also at the end of their working life as they were nearly 50 years old and rotten like the chalet block.
The two old cat runs further down the site were at the point of falling down and we were worried that cats would escape as the shed and cat runs were deteriorating so much. The only solution was to demolish the old buildings before they fell down, and rebuild them both.
Now the two matching cat runs have been rebuilt and the old sheds replaced. There is heating and lighting in each building, and steps up to shelving, as cats like their beds to be up high. The cats now have a view down into our meadow.
All of the remaining existing buildings are being repainted from the old dark wood into pastel shades by our helpers so that they match the new buildings.
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