I was searching online for a raccoon proof feeder and I found links to some discussions here, but it said that "The topic has been locked" so I couldn't post in those threads:
How To Feed Ferals Without Feeding Raccoons?! http://www.sosanimalslounge.com/how-to-feed-ferals- without-feeding-raccoons-76982.html
Feral Cats, Raccoons, And Bears http://www.sosanimalslounge.com/feral-cats-raccoons- and-bears-82792.html
Anyways, I saw this homemade "raccoon-proof" feeder here: http://www.thewildones.net/raccoons.htm
(PHOTOS REMOVED FROM THIS POST PER REQUEST BY OWNER)
Cats can jump up into the feeder, but raccoons and other animals can't jump or climb up into it. The things I don't like about it is that its not enclosed, so perhaps wind-driven rain could get on the food and perhaps coyotes could get to the food. Also, I didn't think it looked very aesthetic.
I also was looking online at other cat food feeders and found this enclosed one: http://www.hawkswillwoodwork.com/ OUTSIDEPETFURNITURE.html
The only problem is, it looks to me like raccoons and other animals could climp up and get into it.
So I was thinking of taking the legs off of the enclosed feeder and mounting it on a post like the feeder at http://www.thewildones.net/raccoons.htm
What do you think? Would it work?
I certainly think this would work! Great thinking, Tony. Thanks for sharing this idea
THAT LOOKS AWESOME...
it's been four months. have you built one yet?
Well, I didn't build one yet, but I still intend to. I found an old cabinet in the alley which I was going to use as a feeder. I just have to get a post to raise it off of the ground.
In the meantime, I got this motion activated alert for about $40 from the Home Depot:
I have it set up low to the ground by the back door. When it starts getting dark outside I bring in the cat food because I know the raccoon(s) and/or opposum(s) will eat it. But I also know that our 2 feral cats come at various times during the evening to the back door looking for their food. So with this motion activated alert, I know when an animal is at the back door! Sometimes its our feral cats, but sometimes its a raccoon or opposum! If its our cats, I put some food out. If its a raccoon or opposum, they don't get anything.
Thank you for ripping off my phtos and altering them...
Dont do it, as the photos are not yours to "photoshop".
You have questions about MY raccoon proof feeder, you contact me for permission to post and alter my photos.
Here's my version of a raccoon-proof feral cat feeding station:
flickr.com/photos/ <email> /photos/wee3beasties/4952943066
(You'll have to cut and paste with a "www." before flickr because, as a new user, I am not allowed to post links.)
Why won't you join us as a member. It's so simple.
Once you have removed the legs and put it on a post you need to put a skirt/sheaf hanging down from the feeder platform so the raccoon cannot hoist themselves up.
Some squirrel proof bird feeders have them and they work well. I think this will work very nicely indeed
Geez, Katmoz! Kind of selfish, aren't we? What are you, 2? "MINE, MINE, MINE, MINE, MINE! All mine!" C'mon; we all have the same goal here, don't we? Feeding our feral friends & being sure THEY are getting the food, not racoons! No one's stealing your photos; they're being shared!
wee3beasties, your link didn't work even with your instructions.
Here is a working link:
Hey People,....Ever heard of COPYRIGHT LAWS?
"Copyright is a form of protection, authorized by the United States Constitution, that gives photographers, artists, authors, musicians, choreographers and architects the exclusive right to use and reproduce their works. Essentially, all original works can be copyrighted. This includes photographs, art works, sculpture, writings, music and computer software. Virtually all works created or first published after January 1, 1978 are protected by copyright. Many works created prior to 1978 are also protected. "
My feeder, my invention, my photos, my creation, my website, my creative/artistic property are ALL protected from YOU the Public who thinks Gee..if it is online I can steal and use it FREE.
I have given you the public, permission to view and learn from my creation. But you do NOT have the right to steal it, modify it, sell it to others, which has been done a lot!
You do NOT have the right to take it and sell the idea either!
Respect my creation, use it freely for the cats and all will be well..but you can not copy, paste and photoshop MY photos without MY written permission.
You do and I will contact MY legal department and they will file charges for Copyright Violation.
The laws are very clear...I am in the right..and you are in the wrong..and yes, it is MINE and I elected to post them with the rest of you.
You can NOT copy/paste/share them or ALTER them!
That includes SHARING...share the link but NOT my photos!
If you have an issue with that...fine...it is your issue not mine
I believe most people thought they were sharing their experience and ideas to solve a problem we all have. I don't think anyone thought you uploaded those pictures only for commercial reasons. We are sorry about it. I suppose they will have to do without you.
Raccoons will get into that. You need a steel pole with a base on top and sheet metal around the base. There are pics online of ones that work.
You can use an automatic dry cat food dispenser protected by a box bolted to a covered pallet or raised platform.
why did you share your "creation" in the first place if you are so protective of it?
I think most viewers would understand your legal rights regarding your own invention.
I just don't understand your anger at individuals who are only thinking about the welfare of their furry friends that out of kindness and having a generous and caring nature-
try their best to take care of wild cats.
Your invention was created for the same reason,
or is it just for commercial purposes?
How about putting a small fence around it, 8 ft high, where only a cat can fit through the post, even though a possum may be able to also squeeze through, but he wont be able to climb it