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Alternate Uses for Cat Food

Updated on April 24, 2011

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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    • VladimirCat profile image

      Vladimir 

      4 years ago from Australia

      You can catch a mouse with cat kibble? I won't forget that one

    • lctodd1947 profile image

      lctodd1947 

      7 years ago from USA

      We have been feeding our little dog the soft cat food as he loves it as he has no teeth.

      Thanks for such good advice.

    • Wayne Brown profile image

      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Well, that helps me to understand why the cat ate the canary...it had probably been in the cat food! It is also a better idea for a mouse trap which is always good and I especially like your consideration for keeping your neighbor stocked up with raccoons for his barn...very considerate of you! Good write! WB

    • Pollyannalana profile image

      Pollyannalana 

      7 years ago from US

      Sounds like you better get rid of that cat food before you find out what else likes it.lol..I have a time with my cat, she is 16 and most of her life only had Friskies Special Diet and water but after an allergy thing she had about 8 years ago I had to start using tuna, garlic, something with a strong aroma to entice her to eat and it is a job! But she seems pretty healthy! Great hub.

      Polly

    • Betty Johansen profile image

      Betty Johansen 

      7 years ago

      Raccoons, possums, skunks - they all seem to enjoy our cat's food as much as the cat does. Maybe more. But I didn't know about the birds. I'll have to try cat food on them. They're very wasteful with bird seed, scattering it everywhere. Maybe they wouldn't be so sloppy with cat food.

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      Susan Mills 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      This is awesome! I love the line "The best thing to catch cat food is cat food."

      Voted up and useful!!!

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