Alternate Uses for Cat Food
Canned Cat Food: Raising Baby Birds
If you are hand rearing domestic pet birds, canned cat food makes a good, nutritious diet. It's rich enough to give them the protein they need, and it contains vitamins. ( I do not recommend raising any wild baby birds you find abandoned. The conservation department strongly discourages human interference in the wild ways of nature.)
Dry Cat Food: A Tasty Addition to Your Bird Feeder Fare
Once I accidentally dropped a little cat food on the deck when I stepped out to feed the feline. Before long a huge flock of birds appeared. Every scrap of that cat food was gone in a few minutes. Curious, I placed a large handful out there and went back inside to watch. All day the birds came and went till they had eaten half a bag!
Mouse Trap Bait
Very odd, isn't it? The best thing to catch cat food is cat food. Once when I was trying to trap mice in my barn I offered them a smorgasbord on four different traps. One trap contained peanut butter: all the old timers at the feed shop had recommended it. One trap contained cheese: everybody says mice like it. One trap contained a sweetened wheat puff, just for kicks. The last trap was the trap that caught the mouse! The bait? A piece of dry cat food. After that I always used cat food to bait mouse traps, and it always worked.
Live Trap Raccoons
An extremely large raccoon sat right outside my basement window and very politely ate a huge bowl of cat food. He took the pieces out of the dish with his hand one by one and chewed them carefully. (It's nice to see the wild animal population displaying good table manners.) He seemed impervious to my yelled threats and waving flashlight, and simply gave me a green eyed reflected look while he took his time finishing the rest of it.
When I could I would catch raccoons in live traps and release them elsewhere. (Unfortunately, I did not think of this till later: You know that neighbor that cussed me out and cut me off in traffic one morning? He needs more raccoons in his barn. I'm sure of it. Their very good manners might rub off on him.) Seriously, though, raccoons are very fond of cat food, and it makes a good bait for a live trap. The only thing they like better is canned sausages, and those are not as easy to handle (plus your chore gloves will smell like sausages for weeks and all the neighborhood dogs will follow you around).
Additional note: For any who wonder, in my state the conservation department likes farmers and other rural citizens to trap and release coons instead of shooting them, although we do have the right to shoot if we find them killing our chickens. Although they may seem cute, coons are ruthless and despicable killers when it comes to poultry of any kind. The only animals more repulsive and loathsome are opossums. Either one can make a gruesome mess of your flock. Either one can bite you and injure you severely. I would recommend that only those experienced with the use of traps and familiar with the laws of their state attempt it.
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