Saturday, January 10, 2015

Watching Cats at Backyard Feeding Station

I always feed the feral cats at the same time daily but since the weather has gotten cold I found that they are not running to the feeding station in the morning. I do not blame them because the last couple of days it has been really cold outdoors.
I normally put our dry Evolve chicken maintenance food mixed with Friskies whitefish pate. But since it is freezing I have taken away the canned food and I am only putting out kibble. Now if I see the cats in the woods I will put out the canned food because the aroma from the whitefish food lures the cats out of the woods and to my backyard feeding station.
Here is a photo of my insulated feeding station.  There are two doors and we set it on cement blocks to keep the snow and rain water out of the cavity.  Inside is a bowl of food and water.

Today we waiting for the cats all day to come to the feeding station, they did not come until midnight. To my surprise they are now in my yard. I guess fox or other animal ate the food because the cats are taking turns at my backyard feeding station. Soon I will have to o out and refill the bowls.
Do you have an outdoor cat feeding station in your yard ?
View this video to learn how to make inexpensive feeding stations for outdoor cats.

Foods NOT Meant For Cat: True Live Story

Over the years I have come to know that the feral cats are more cautious about the foods that they eat and in this respect they are healthier than the housecat. I say this because housecats are scavengers and will eat anything. From left over food on the plates in the sink to knocking over the trash to see what they can scavenger in there.

Most cat owner do not realize that human foods can make cats really sick, and in some cases these foods they eat can cause fatalities.

Here is a true life story of how human food effects cats.

A friend of mine told me that her four year old cat was dying of kidney failure and she had no idea why. The first thing I asked was did the cat eat poisonous plant. She said no that she was really good about keeping plants out of the house.

Then I asked if the cat had access to antifreeze or bleach and my friend again said no. So I asked her about table scraps from the plates left in the sink and this was the red flag. Most humans foods are toxic to cats; causing them stomach upset, diarrhea, vomiting and in some case kidney failure.

My friend told me that they feed their cat human food only, and it was not a raw diet made up for a cat. She was feeding her cat chocolate, nuts, avocados, donuts, beer, milk, potato chips, raw hamburger, chopped onions and grapes. All of these foods are toxic to the cat and will cause the cat to suffer because these foods are poison to the cats kidneys.

My friend had no idea as to what she did to her cat, she told me that her cat loved these foods and I told her to take her cat to the veterinarian and tell him the cats diet.  Euthanasia was recommended as the cat was suffering from both kidney and liver failure. 

Learn more about the best and worst foods for your cat by viewing this video by Dr. Karen Becker.