Cristo Balete wrote:Our cats always wanted to have little bits of dry food many times a day. They wanted to come and go from the bowl on their schedule. Is there someplace you could put the bowl that the raccoons can't get to but the cat can? Then it won't be crying at the back door.
One of our neighbors needed the cats to hunt for at least one meal, so she would feed them breakfast, but that was it. She poured warm milk over dry food and they loved it, but it was in a place where no other animals coud get it. She made beds for them in sheds with blankets that she could clean and put 50/50 baking soda and borax powder under for fleas. This mix does NOT go onto the cat, only under cushions so the cat doesn't get it on their paws or lick it off.
Here's a recipe for homemade catfood, you could freeze it in small amounts, and thaw it in the fridge the night before breakfast.
Chunky Meat and Rice Cat Food
1/2 pound ground meat (chicken, beef, lamb or turkey are fine)
1/4 cup rice
1 large hard-boiled egg
4 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup chicken stock
Mash the boiled egg.
Place all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium-low heat.
When the stock is boiling, reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes or until the stock reduces. The rice will expand and swell and absorb much of the liquid.
Remove your home made cat food mixture from the heat and allow it to cool completely.
Blend well, freeze in small amounts to be thawed before use.