Our two cats (Maddy and Wally) are part inside and part outside cats. They have a few hours outside each day and are brought back inside in the late afternoon.
When they are out during the day we always put out some dry food for them to eat. There’s no issue with doing this over winter because there’s not many ants around. Once the weather warms up it is a different story though, the ants soon find the food no matter where you put it!
This summer I’ve come up with a pretty easy solution to the issue of how to keep ants out of cat food bowls. All you need is a saucer for a plant pot (i.e. what you put under a potted plant to catch the excess water). Just make sure that your saucer is a little bit bigger than the cat’s food bowl and you’ll be all set. Oh and you’ll need a small amount of water too!
So there’s no need to go out and buy a fancy ant proof cat bowl, you can make one yourself!
How to Keep Ants Out Of Cat Food
What you’ll need:
- saucer for plant pot*
* make sure the saucer is slightly bigger than cat’s food bowl
How to set it up:
- Place the saucer where you want to feed your cat.
- Add a small amount of water to the saucer. You only need to cover the bottom of the saucer because if you put too much it will make the food bowl float. It does with mine anyway because they are plastic.
- Place your cat food bowl with food into the saucer and you’re done!
You can top up the saucer with extra water as necessary. Plus don’t forget to provide you cat with a separate bowl of fresh water to drink.
As you can see, keeping ants out of a cat food bowl is super easy really. The water in the saucer forms a moat around the cat’s bowl keeping the ants out!
We only allow our cats to have dry food during the day and keep the wet food for the evenings. This makes sure they are keen to get back inside at night. If you want some help with getting your cat to come inside at night check out My Tips for Enforcing a Cat Curfew.