Community Cat Feeding Stations

Do you know what a community cat feeding station is? It is like a little kitty pavilion suitable for all feline picnicking needs. Recently, our collaborative partner, Mars Petcare invited their staff to volunteer with Rescue Rebuild for a day of building these cool little structures. Together, they built fifty stations that were given to caretakers that have participated in our Community Cat Program. Here are a few pictures of the build:

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Feeding stations are great because:

– food and water is protected from the elements

– neighbors find them attractive

– cats feel safe in the station

– they deter bugs

It is best to put a feeding station in a calm spot. Didn’t get one of our feeding stations this round? Stay connected to us to get updates when we’ll do another give away and consider these DIY options (also found on the Alley Cat Allies website):

  • An organic spot that provides some shade and shelter, like under a tree, or an overhang is a great primitive way to start a “feeding station.”
  • Some kind of lid or dome like structure with three or four posts can be another way to fashion a starter feeding station.
  • OR build a dedicated feeding station with wood and other materials and tools you can find at your local home improvement store. See some simple DIY instructions for building a feeding station.

Location

  • Feeding should be in low traffic areas.
  • Don’t place the feeding station near where the cats sleep, or typically go to the bathroom.
  • If it is in the area you live, try a garage, shed, or carport
  • If the cats are at a workplace, common neighborhood area or campus, try working with the maintenance, grounds or neighborhood to feed the cats in covered areas. If it is not feasible to find an existing covered area, look for less-visible areas such as wooded areas or back porches where you can place the feeding stations.

And remember, keep it clean!
Remove all garbage and leftover food every day!

Many of the community cats we’ve seen love their new feeding station.

Cleveland thinks his food tastes better than ever!

Cleveland thinks his food tastes better than ever!

"Ranger says a big THANK YOU!" ... Lori B.

“Ranger says a big THANK YOU!” … Lori B.

Notice the cats are ignoring the food on the ground and waiting for the food in their fancy new feeding station.

Notice the cats are ignoring the food on the ground and waiting for the food in their fancy new feeding station.

More helpful information can be found at:

https://www.alleycat.org/community-cat-care/feeding-locations-and-stations/

http://bestfriends.org/resources/colony-management-and-caregiver-resources

https://www.alleycat.org/alley-cat-allies-offers-five-tips-to-help-cats-in-summer/