It seems like quite the heroic move, doesn’t it? Placing cat food out for strays that wander your neighborhood might make you feel like you’ve done your good deed for the day. After all, it might be hard for these cats to catch a meal, right? The reality is, leaving food out for a stray cat is causing harm to everyone involved, including you, the cat…and the animals who come to investigate. If you’re still leaving out food for strays, read on to find out why you’re just making matters worse.
1. Other animals are attracted to cat food.
Cat food–especially wet cat food–is made up of animal matter that is processed and ready to eat. This is incredibly appetizing to animals like raccoons, opossums, squirrels, and others. You’ve probably seen how a raccoon will tear through a trash can just to get to the perceived treasure inside; by leaving out cat food, you’re inviting them to your front door. This can lead to these animals finding their way into your home, which causes untold damage.
2. It may make the stray cat sick.
If you own a cat, you know that you must introduce new food slowly and gradually. The same is true for strays. Stray cats have probably been surviving off a predator’s diet–that is, birds, mice, and other small animals. Processed meat and artificial flavoring is only going to upset their stomachs. Even a raw food diet could cause problems, as the protein included may not agree with them.
3. It invites animal fights.
A stray cat will absolutely see an invitation for attack if it comes across your domestic cat. Likewise, they will protect their territory against any animal; this could lead to flying fur and bloody messes in your backyard. Animals will frequently fight over food, and since multiple species will be attracted to the cat food, you’re making the perfect recipe for an animal showdown.
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