Notes from Your Neighbors Vol. 1147

notes

Thanks to Adam for sending from Hill East. And really if you’re going to leave cat food please have the common courtesy to do so in a porcelain bowl.  Perhaps with a floral design.  Also use dry cat food like Iams Grain-Free Naturals Chicken & Turkey Recipe Adult Dry Cat Food or something like that. And maybe spritz some febreeze in the general area. I don’t know.

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  • Co-sign. We have a mysterious neighbor near the Car Barn leaving wet cat food in plastic bowls all around the bushes. I’ve only seen one feral cat around the neighborhood, so I”m convinced it’s mainly feeding the rats that I’ve seen an uptick in the last couple of months.

    • I concur that this is actually rat food.
      As is abandoned dog poo in your yard, and trash in the cans before trash day.
      Just say no.

    • “Smelly wet cat food” may not refer to dry food versus wet food. The stuff left out by us is dry, but it goes through various lovely stages of wet and mush based on the weather.

      • See below — you need to stay while the cats eat and then remove any uneaten food afterward. You shouldn’t be leaving food out indefinitely; it’ll just attract rats.

  • I hate the alley-cat “allies” group. they used to leave bowls of food in the alley behind my place in Columbia heights. From my balcony I could watch the rat feeding frenzy take place. we used to yell at the crazy ladies who bring it but it was all about the cats. these women are seriuosly nuts.

    • houseintherear

      good lord, man. Keep the sexism in check at least a lil’ bit.

      • For realz! I for one love my alley cats — never seen a live rat on my block or in my alley near H St. since I moved in two years ago. I do feed them if I see them struggling in the winter time.

      • To be honest, I don’t see men doing this in my neighborhood.

    • Yes, and the men who have absolutely zero athletic skill but spend their entire lives parsing out baseball stats and fantasy teams are sooooo normal. I mean, yes, crazy cat ladies, but this is their hobby. Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean it’s somehow less important or reasonable than your own interests.

      • Yes, that is a normal activity that doesn’t increase the rat population. Why is it unreasonable to ask people feeding cats to stop when it is causing a rat feeding frenzy?

        • I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask them to stop. But the person screaming out their window at someone and expecting a reasonable response is unlikely to get one. How about walking down to the alley, explaining to the lady that rats are eating the food, and trying to be decent about it, rather than calling her crazy? Everybody feels the need to put themselves above somebody else. It’s unnecessary and a little cruel.

          • I would go down there an explain that leaving wet/dry food just brings the rats out. And then you have a rodent issue to deal with b/c the cats don’t eat it all.
            This would make me nuts.

            But I will bet anyone that OP will get told off and cursed way beyond calling someone a “crazy cat lady” if he does confront them. These people think its their right to feed these feral cats.

          • Responsible feeders of alley cats do not leave food out for rats, they stay while the cats eat. But sadly, there are many feeders who are not responsible.

  • Whoever is leaving cat food unattended for long periods is NOT following best practices.
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    As I was saying in another recent thread on the same topic — http://www.popville.com/2016/09/its-seriously-good/ — the person who feeds the cats is supposed to stick around until the cats finish eating (or maybe come back after a short while, if he/she is also feeding cats at another location nearby) and then remove the uneaten cat food.
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    People feeding cats should NOT be putting food down and letting it just stay there indefinitely.

    • Alley Cat Allies’ “Food and Water Tips” page at http://www.alleycat.org/community-cat-care/food-and-water-tips/ says as much:
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      “Feeding your cats year-round at a regular time (preferably daylight), will keep them healthy and strong.”
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      “If the cats eat all the food in 15 minutes or less, they may need more. If there’s always food left after 30 minutes, you might be giving them too much.”
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      “Don’t leave uneaten food out for more than 30 minutes—it attracts bugs.”

      • Honestly, the neighbors leaving angry notes might get more traction with the well-intentioned-but-havoc-wreaking cat feeders if they printed out the Alley Cat Allies page that I linked above and highlighted/circled the relevant portions.

      • I have a better idea for OP than a note. Email Alley Cat Allies and tell us what you wrote here. They can pass along the info to their “street teams” to avoid your alley.

      • Thanks for the tips, textdoc. My family feeds a community cat and we try to be responsible, but I hadn’t thought of some of what ACA mentions. Now I know!

    • alissaaa

      Tell this to whoever leaves food out every night and morning on Sherman between 5th and 7th for the alley cats (some on each side of the street in a giant pile–it is dry food at least).

      My dogs go right for the two spots every time we walk by because half the time it is just sitting there uneaten.

      • See above — I’d recommend that you print out the page from Alley Cat Allies, circle or highlight the relevant portions, and pin it where this person is leaving cat food.
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        It’s not supposed to rain for the next several days, so the ink shouldn’t run.

  • Just go to the Humane Society and say you need to get a dog for “catting”.

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