I built the box for Scooter but Jet and her two babies moved in instead. Then they moved out when the babies started walking - Jet took them to the backyards where it is safer for kittens learning to walk around. Scooter moved into the vacated box.
Now that cold weather really hit, I put in the heating pad and Scooter had the box to himself for a few weeks. For the last two days Jet, Scooter, and the babies have all been living in the box.

My plan was to move Scooter into the house when it got really cold but that is going to be tough since it would break up the family. Plus there is a certain amount of resistance from the Significant Other to increasing the indoor cat population to four. We used to always have two, but I took in Marlo a few years back on a very cold February day.

I think I might need to build a bigger box. The current one is only two feet by 16 inches.
Oddly, they threw out the Mink that I used as a liner. I guess they prefer to lie directly on the heating pad. It must be pretty cozy with the four of them in there.
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I built the box for Scooter but Jet and her two babies moved in instead. Then they moved out when ... prefer to lie directly on the heating pad. It must be pretty cozy with the four of them in there.

2'x16" is not very large for 4 cats unless they don't grow during the winter. You are doing a good thing and I'm sure the kitties appreciate it. What is the night temperature there?. Here, it is below freezing having warmed up from below 0. Best wishes. MLB
I built the box for Scooter but Jet and her two babies moved in instead. Then they moved out when ... prefer to lie directly on the heating pad. It must be pretty cozy with the four of them in there.

I can only hope and pray your SO changes her/his mind. :*(
I think I might need to build a bigger box. The current one is only two feet by 16 inches.

Yes, I think so. It is nice that yuo are trying to do something for them.
dgk,
One caution - be careful of the setting of the heating pad. Too high a setting can result in burns that the cats don't even feel happening, just as it does in humans when they fall asleep on the pad. When you cover a heating pad with a cat (who are heating pads themselves), it can get surprisingly hot. While they will turn-over if too hot while awake, they may not if asleep.
I had a male Siamese that developed bald spots on his stomach and underside of the legs, with reddened skin underneath. $500 of vet bills and tests later, I turned the heating pad down to its lowest setting after I picked him up off the pad once and realized just how hot his stomach was. If you note any patches of missing fur, it's likely due to the pad.

You might even consider using the pad on a vertical inside wall of the box as radiant heat, using a higher setting.
Allan

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I think I might need to build a bigger box. The current one is only two feet by 16 inches.

Yes, I think so. It is nice that yuo are trying to do something for them.

They're all so cute. Well, Jet is a bit feral, but Scooter is as friendly a cat as I've ever seen. He immediately lies on his back for a quick tummy rub. The two babies are getting to the age where we have to take them to some adoption service.
Scooter does seem to have a very wet mouth - perhaps a problem there. I put out some Temptations for them and when he's done eating a few the whole brick is wet.
Only he was there this morning and last night. I don't know where Jet and the babies are; it's possible that one of my neighbors took them in because it's now under 20F. If I don't see them when I get home I'll call around.
I built the box for Scooter but Jet and her ... be pretty cozy with the four of them in there.

2'x16" is not very large for 4 cats unless they don't grow during the winter. You are doing a ... is the night temperature there?. Here, it is below freezing having warmed up from below 0. Best wishes. MLB

But it is large for one cat. Too much room makes it colder in that case. I'll need to see how long Jet and the babies stay around. And I think it's almost time that the babies were sent somewhere where they can get adopted.
You might even consider using the pad on a vertical inside wall of the box as radiant heat, using a higher setting.

A great idea.
I built the box for Scooter but Jet and her two babies moved in instead. Then they moved out when ... prefer to lie directly on the heating pad. It must be pretty cozy with the four of them in there.

You can go get one of those emergency thermal blankets the silver ones for about $2.00 you can use it to line the bottom or all around. It holds the heat in
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