- 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 clean.
- 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 situation.
- 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
- 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
Dona Cosgrove Baker, President and Founder, Feral Cat Caretakers'