Ant control for cat food

fruit_n_vegetablesMay 1, 2014

I have two cats and two bowls of food. They're outside cats so obviously their food is outside. It's been 102 degrees today and the ants love it. To them it's a perfect time to feast on cat food. I put both bowls in the sun but that won't shake them off. I've sprayed poison that's supposed to keep 'em away for up to 12 weeks. I don't know if it kept them away for 12 minutes! I've put some ant poison bait really near and now they're all the more happy; eating catfood and poison. Any way to keep ants away without poisoning my cats? Thanks in advance!

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I think ants are safer to your cats than poison : ( Don't spray poison on food.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2014 at 7:31AM
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Dont leave the food down is the only way I know of, feed them in the morning and at night the cats will get into a routine of feeding times.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2014 at 7:41AM
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Can you put the dishes of cat food on another shallow dish or tray and then fill the tray with water? The water would act as a moat preventing the ants from crossing to the food. You just need to make sure that the cats can lean over and reach the food.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2014 at 1:32PM
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I'm sorry for your misunderstanding elly_nj but I most definitely did not spray poison on my cat food. And thanks ilovepoco, i like that idea!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2014 at 1:42PM
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My renters are having this problem. We purchased Terro, ant bait traps. The ants take it back to the nest. It's enclosed, so your cats are not exposed to it. I put the traps indoors behind the washing machine(cats won't fit back there) and the ants are coming into the house to eat the cat food.

It takes about a week and you'll get results.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2014 at 11:37PM
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I do the moat thing. I find dishes at the thrift store that have a shape that make a built in moat -- for example, a gravy boat or a chips-and-dip plate.

I found that just putting the food bowl inside another dish didn't work for me because the cats would scoot the inner bowl until it was touching the outer tray, and that made enough of a bridge for the ants to get to the food. (This is a little hard to describe, but if it happens to you then you will know what I mean!)

Terro didn't work for me, but I have had friends who had great success with it. I guess it depends on your ants :).

    Bookmark   May 10, 2014 at 2:19AM
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Mix 50-50 powdered sugar and 20 mule team borax (located in grocery store laundry detergent aisle pour in a 2-3 inch line across ant path this kills the nest your cat won't eat it you must have 3 good dry days nest dead means no more ants

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 4:09PM
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I have used a small cookie baking tray filled with water, which works well to keep out the ants, but more food gets droppped in the water. Currently I use one of those wide rimmed shallow soup bowls that the smaller foot bowl sits into. Since the bottom of the soup bowl is smaller than its rim, the food bowl stays centered in the soup bowl (it won't shift to the edge of the soup bowl enabling ants to cross).

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 7:51AM
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Feed them on a small table ... put the LEGS of the table in small pans of water to make a moat.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 7:56AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I like lazy's idea! Put a few drops of dish soap in water so that the ants will sink immediately when they touch the water instead of float.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 8:09AM
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I put the food dishes in glass pie pans (cheap at a thrift store) and fill the pans with water. Yes, food drops in there so the pans have to be emptied and cleaned pretty often.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2014 at 8:31PM
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I do the moat thing too, but instead of buying a special dish, I make my own.

This one is a glass ash tray and pie pan, both from the dollar tree. I glued them together using food safe silicone (aquarium silicone from petsmart)

I put it in the dishwasher every few days because of the dropped food in it, and it has done fine for 3 years.

I used an ash try because most of the small bowls with flat bottom were too small for my cat's head. The ash tray was wide and shallow.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 5:55PM
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