Thursday, July 30, 2020

Feeding and watering Feral kittens long term

Gas Stations of History:

 I liked the '55 Plymouth and 55 Chevy wagon at the pumps.

For Friday’s stuff:

I have tried to designed a feeder that the kittens can enjoy cat food while we are gone (I hope). Using the old cat house I built and it was never used by Stormy, I made the entry and exit only 4 inches using corrugated drainage pipe I had. I tried to gauge how far a coon could reach if it were to try.

The feeder is a 16” column of 4” pipe also with the bottom cut so as the food is eaten it will feed on down. I used the principle Mama’s chicken feeders used that always amazed me why the water did not run out.

Above T & T (Tom & Tiger I) at my beach in the basement. below is the finished feeder. The kittens can crawl thru the 4 inch pipe, but not the coons or the grown ferals still around.

This is Tiger II leaving after eating.
You can see the dry cat food in the column. That is 5 lbs of food. The column is even with the lid so they cannot get into the top of the feeder column. I also added a window on the top after these shots to let some light into the inside. YOu can also see the lever of food without opening it.

I have had four in eating at a time. I have also had two eating and blocking the entry until they were ready to back out. Gotta wait your turn. LOL


I also wanted to have water for them so I made a 5 gallon water jug into a chicken water feeder. It works like a charm or at least I will know in the morning. Hahaha.

T&T (Tom & Tiger #1) trying out the water jug.

I have the trail camera on the feeder inside the  storage building where it will stay. I have not seen a coon inside since I limited access To 3 inches wide and 6 inches high.

Tomorrow we are off on a long trip. It is no fun to load and unload that coach, as I have said too many times already. LOL

All the planning is only back up. Michelle, next door has been feeding the kitties back before the birth of Stormy and before I came here to live again.

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betty said...

Your back up plan for feeding them is a good one! They seem to have adapted to it! Safe travels!!!!


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Looks like the kittens have adapted to your feeding station just fine. They love to go in boxes anyway. Glad you have a friend there to back you up just in case. It's nice to know they'll be well cared for while you are gone and with the camera you'll be able to see what they are up to. I'm so excited for you to be able to go on this trip and will be watching for updates as you go. safe travels to you all.

Mevely317 said...

Well, color me Impressed with the kittens' new food and beverage stations! All the same, I'm glad to know Michelle's pitch-hitting.
So excited for the three of you! Praying for safe travels, and looking forward to seeing photos from these great United States!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my gosh - you are so sweet. Those kittens are so lucky!

Dar said...

Jack, you are amazing. You oughta patent those cool kitty friendly items. I don't think you'll have to worry about the coon unless he decides to chew their way in. They'll destroy plastic to get at food. It does look pretty coon-rejecting to me. :) Have a fantastic trip. and how long will you be gone. I can't wait to hear all about your adventures. Travel safe and have the time of your lives.
loven'hugs from up north where our gardens are producing plenty of produce. YaUntSum??????????????

Glenda said...

Bon Voyage, happy trails and lots of "Darenell" tye FUN!!!

yaya said...

Safe travels and I hope the kitties appreciate all you've done! Glad you have a backup for them. Enjoy your trip!


the feeder and water ideas are innovative. i know the kitties appreciate all the work you did to get it done. have a safe trip. godspeed.

Lisa said...

Thats a cool feeder you came up with. They kittens seem to like it. These kittys seem to trust you pretty good.
Hope you kids have a fun and safe trip.
Can’t wait to read all about it. We will be heading to the coast next weekend (maybe earlier). we will be there for a week (or two).

Stay safe