Skunks. They are so cute and fun to watch, but they pose a real problem when you’re feeding cats. And, God forbid they spray your house!
No matter how you feel about skunks, if you are feeding cats outside you need a way to keep them out of the cat food. And I found a simple solution, so I want to share it with you!
Elevate the cat food!
Skunks can’t climb and jump like cats. They can climb some, so don’t make it climbable (yes, I make that mistake). But, if you put the food up out of their reach you won’t have the conflict or the massive food loss.
There are many ways to do this. You can buy a cheap table from an antique/junk store, or build something yourself. You might already have a good elevated spot, like the hood of your car, or a picnic table that works for you.
You don’t need to overthink this! And you don’t have to spend a bunch of money. Just think like a cat.
Or, even easier for some of you, take advantage of a “problem” where the cats are jumping up on something you wish they wouldn’t. Re-create that to your advantage!
I’m not going to delve into the ehtics of whether you should or shouldn’t feed the skunks, but no matter which way you swing on that you can use this solution to provide a conflict-free space for your cats to eat.
If you feel that you should feed the skunks too, well, putting the cat food on an elevated surface doesn’t stop you from putting some down where the skunks can get to it, too, but it does minmize problems. If you want to discourage the skunks and not feed them, elevating the food is a solution.