Modeled by Petunia.
I've blogged about these before. Just simple squares made out of 3 or four strands of inexpensive acrylic yarn, crocheted or knitted into an oblong. I put them outside in the boxes I set out for the strays, or donate them to a shelter.
I have a lot of acrylic ... some I bought, but most was donated to me (whether I wanted it or not; "oh, you knit, here, have this yarn! I've had it for years.")
The mats don't have to be too big, just enough for a kitty to curl up on.
Here, Coraline demonstrates:
If you look underneath her, you'll see one of the mats. They get dirty fast, but since they're acrylic, they're indestructible.
She's not evil, really. She just wasn't happy with being woken.
The lights are just 60-watt bulbs in metal clamp-lamps, attached to an Ikea outdoor table. It really helps them keep warm and cozy in the winter.
The mats aren't necessarily pretty ...
....but the kitties that use them are!
This is Spot. She is not a stray, she has a home, but they don't provide her with a warm box to sleep in, so she stays at my place at night.
She wouldn't move so I could put the mat down.
She looks a lot like Petunia, doesn't she?
See Spot. See Spot Glare
I really wanted a finished object for Tamis Amis' Finished Object Friday ... my Bohus won't be done for weeks yet! So I knit this mat up in about 90 minutes or so.
Don't forget to stop by Tamis Amis for Finished Object Friday and warm snuggly kitty love!