- Feeding stations are best kept out of
sight. This is to protect the food from
being contaminated or destroyed. Fresh
water should be available and kept
- It is important to have dry food in
containers that keep the food dry and
out of the elements. This may require
innovative construction of special
feeding stations, unless you are feeding
at your home in a garage, carport or
other sheltered areas. If wildlife is
not an issue, having dry food available
will keep the cats close to their
territory. They will not roam to beg and
search for food in unsafe places.
- Feeding should be done daily. Dry
feeders need to be refilled, kept clean
from debris and dirt. If you are feeding
in a public place, food plates or bowls
need to be cleaned and/or picked up each
day to avoid exposing the feeding
location and possible complaints from
neighbors. Any obvious neglect might
impact the ferals, as there may be
persons who are hostile and destructive.
The more discreet you are in caretaking,
the better for all concerned.
- It is best to feed wet food at the
same time each day, preferably in a.m.
and/or early p.m.
- Be observant of those who show up for
feeding. Check for injuries, appearance
of illness, pregnant females, lactating
females, kittens or any other unusual
- Do not discuss your feral cats with
strangers or offer information as to
their numbers or where they are located.
Be friendly, but vague. You do not need
to identify yourself to anyone you do
not trust. If you have a problem,
contact us and we will advise you.
- Take special care that the feeding
area is kept clean from debris or
unusual amounts of cat feces. This would
be of special concern if you feed large
numbers in a limited space.
- Arrange for someone to feed if you are
going on vacation or are ill. A back-up
is always necessary as circumstances can
change drastically in 24 hours.
As Caretakers we
honor and protect those in our care and
try to forsee any problems that may
arise. The ferals cats and kittens have
much to teach us about ourselves.
Dona Cosgrove Baker, President and
Founder, Feral Cat Caretakers' Coalition