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Outside Cat Feeding Station Ideas

Outside Cat Feeding Station IdeasFeeding feral and community cats can get expensive. You definitely do not want to waste it. Nor do you want to feed your beloved colony, only to have the food stolen by raccoons or ruined by rain before they can eat it. You need an outside cat feeding station to help protect the food from weather, or wildlife, or even to help protect the cat from the weather.

There are many types of cat feeding stations you can purchase or build, some designed to simply protect the food from bad weather. Some are designed to be raccoon-proof. Some are a complete box to help protect the cat as well while he eats.

There are many options to choose from.

You first have to decide what kind of feeding station you need. Why exactly are you considering purchasing or making a cat feeding station?

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Covered Cat Feeding Stations

If you are looking to protect the food from the weather (and sometimes the cat too!) then you likely need a covered cat feeding station.

 

Pictured above is a cedar cat feeding station from CozyCatFurniture. These types of cat feeding stations are very sturdy and made of wood, such as cedar. Some of these can be bought from places like Amazon or direct from the crafter’s websites. They’re very nice to look at though if you want to set one up on your property.

The downside is these can be seriously pricey for even a small one.

Another place to have a covered outdoor cat feeding station made is the Ark Workshop. These will take some time to come in as each order is custom made (and expensive), but they have MANY different designs to choose from, including enclosed or elevated cat feeding stations!

Feral Villa makes outdoor cat feeding stations as well as cat shelters!

FeralVilla Large Feeding Station

The alternative to one of these is to use plastic storage totes and build your own! Alley Cat Allies has instructions on how to build one using plastic totes. These are inexpensive to make. The downside to these is that they don’t last long and are kind of obtrusive looking.

Enclosed Cat Feeding Stations

If you want more protection for the cat and the cat food, you could consider an enclosed cat feeding station or turning an outdoor cat shelter into a feeding station. It’s simply allowing a cat to enter a shelter to eat!

Cat feeding station ideas you can purchase at Amazon for an enclosed cat feeding station include feral cat shelters, dog houses you repurpose, or even a pet carrier without the door can be used as an enclosed feeding station!


If other wildlife isn’t a concern and you feed your cat colony on schedule, the size of the door in the above designs is fine. If, however, you feed at night or leave food unattended, you may wish to purchase the cat shelters with smaller doors, such as FeralVilla’s cat shelters.

As mentioned previously, you can purchase some enclosed feeding stations at the Ark Workshop.

Elevated Cat Feeding Stations

If you’re looking for cat feeding stations that are not on the ground, there are options for those too!

 

The one pictured above is a CozyCatFurniture design. Pricey, but can be an effective feeding station OR cat shelter for sleeping. You can purchase it at Amazon!

Ark Workshop also builds elevated cat feeding stations, as well.

Wildlife-Proof Cat Feeding Stations

If raccoons, opossums, or other animals are getting into your cats’ food, there are some interesting ideas to help protect your feeding area!

My favorite raccoon-proof cat feeder is the automatic cat feeder that doesn’t rely on microchip recognition.

An automatic cat food feeder, specifically this one, has been proven to keep raccoons from getting the cat food inside. The downside? Raccoons can CARRY it off and have been known to try this while they figure out how to get the food inside.

You will need to rig it so they cannot carry it away, either by putting it securely inside a weighted plastic tote like this lovely video shows or by placing in inside of a cat shelter where it cannot be removed through the door.

This suggestion for feeding free-roaming cats should only be done on your property as you don’t want this destroyed or stolen by people in public parks or business parking lots.

Another suggestion for keeping the wildlife away from your cat’s feeding station is to use a cat flap that scans for your cat’s microchip. If you ensure your cat colony is microchipped during Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), this might be a good option when combined with a cat shelter like the ones mentioned previously.

Want to build your own raccoon-proof feeding station? Instructions can be found here.

Cat Feeding Station Ideas

From simple DIY designs with Rubbermaid totes up to expensively built cat houses, there are a million ways you can set up an outside cat feeding station. You can buy winter cat shelters to repurpose as a feeding station. You can build your own wooden platform for feeding your cats. Or buy an automatic feeder!

Don’t know what to feed community cats? Don’t forget to read my post on the best food for outdoor cats.

Did I forget to mention a feeding station idea that you use? Did you purchase one of the ones I mentioned in this post? Let me know by commenting below.

Lovies!


10 thoughts on “Outside Cat Feeding Station Ideas”

  1. This was a refreshing and enjoyable post to read.  I’m a cat lover, so i just loved your outside cat feeding station ideas.  It was quite interesting to learn that the Racoons are so crafty that they will think to take a feeding station away so that they can work at getting the food out later.

    All that was interesting but what I loved the most was that cat flap that will scan for your cat’s microchip. It’s pure genius I think.

    Which one of the feeding station suggestions that you mentioned is your personal favorite?

    1. My personal favorite is the automatic feeder idea inside of a weighted crate or the little covered feeding stations.  I don’t need an entire hidey-hole set up.  Thanks for asking!

  2. I love how this is idea is very niche. I mean there’s also these pictures that really show what you are talking about. I mean for me feeding outside cats is kind of cool, because you know you’re able to help them out and it’s not their fault that they’re just kind of out there alone in the world, maybe you know what I mean. These are feeding stations definitely it’s really cool that you can build one or you can buy one without really breaking the bank. I love how you have so many different choices. And obviously, if you invest more money and they’re going to be a better product. So I really like the idea that you just can kind of leave it out and the cats can just come and go as they wish.

  3. Feeding stations are a great setup to give feral cats some shelter and food during harsh times. We had something similar made out of old planks but it’s starting to wear off after the flood last month. It’s time to get a new one and we are thinking of going plastic since we have many extra plastic totes around. Will check out Alley Cat Allies on how to DIY. Thanks for the link!

  4. I really enjoyed your post on feeding the feral cats in your community. I live out in the country and don’t really have that many around. Mainly what we have are cats that people dump on our dead end gravel road.

    The feeder that lets only the cats that have been chipped in is a good idea. We have a lot of raccoons here and they can eat a lot. The automatic feeder is a good idea too and probably the one I would need. 

    How many cats are you feeding at this time? I would only have 2 to 3 at a time here.

    Larry

    1. Unfortunately, we get a lot of dumped cats and kittens at our barns as well.  It sucks.  I try to help them by getting them fixed and find homes for those that are adoptable, but it happens ALL THE TIME!

      Thank you for caring for those abandoned cats!!  I currently care for 16 cats right now.  A couple of those are fosters, two of them are my cats, and the rest are resident barn cats.

  5. This is a very great article. I love the different options that are given for which can be your style. Some of these are actually not that expensive to me. Although I don’t own a cat I will share this with some of my neighbors that I know who feed stray cats. 

    Sheena

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