Thank you all for all of your input and advice.  I do plan on moving the 
feeding station soon.  I had planned on it anyway this spring for other reasons 
and cleaning it good or getting a new bin altogether. Yeah, you're right - the 
cats know to stay away from the raccoons.  So, I think that they are leary to 
go in b/c they wouldn't want a close encounter with that guy!  The feed station 
is behind some boards in a lean-to structure.  I haven't seen the big guy for 
about 3 weeks now though so maybe it moved on along.

What I'd like to do is ask the owner of the property (it's on land with a 
nearby restaraunt) if my husband can build a larger type shed on the property 
with shelves and hang-out areas for the cats - insulate it.  So that they have 
a place that is better to go in the winter months and all can hang out there - 
like a mini-barn.  Of course, my husband is balking at that idea already, not 
to mention the cost!!!!!  He is a carpenter and could build anything.  And i 
don't know how the owner of the property would like it either since he is not 
that thrilled at the whole thing anyway - just tolerating me and the cats.  But 
it would look a lot better than all the little houses and lean-to's we 
constructed for them around the grounds.  

 From: Lee Evans <>
To: "" <> 
Sent: Sunday, June 3, 2012 10:23 PM

It probably IS the raccoon.  They took one look and said to themselves, "Don't 
mess with that guy!!"  You might want to spray something like At Ease on the 
new feeder but don't get it into the food.  Just give the outside walls of the 
bin a little spritz.  I spray At Ease in my cat carriers an hour or so before I 
put a cat in to go to the vet.  It really makes a difference.  I don't think 
it's the skunks. Mostly, cats don't mind that odor because they are too 
intelligent and polite to get themselves sprayed.  It's dogs who will bounce up 
to a skunk, barking like crazy and end up having to take a bath in tomato 
juice. :-)

 From: dot winkler <>
To: "" <> 
Sent: Sunday, June 3, 2012 7:50 PM

Hi.  I was the one who wrote that e-mail.  I just read your response.  I'm 
telling you that the cats are afraid to go in there now - into the bin with the 
dry food now that I have started refilling it.  They are not even eating it.  
It is fresh food  as i just refilled it.  I tried to coax one of the cats to go 
in and he backed off.  They are skittish lately.  Because that raccoon was so 
large and not afraid of anything - it was running around in the area where 
their little houses were and coming right up to their meat while they were 
eating in daytime hours.  Perhaps it is the skunk smell that also is around but 
that never seemed to bother them in the past.  ???Dotty

 From: Lee Evans <>
To: "" <> 
Sent: Saturday, June 2, 2012 1:18 PM

I can't find the email from someone who thinks that the cats are avoiding the 
food because the feeding dish/station smells from raccoon.  This is definitely 
NOT the cause of the cats avoiding the food.  It's probably the food.  It may 
be stale or they are just tired of the flavor.  When I was feeding colonies, 
the cats and raccoons were eating side by side, except when a raccoon got too 
greedy and chased the cats away.  But the cats always returned to what was left 
of the food and finished it off.

From: MaiMaiPG <>
Sent: Friday, June 1, 2012 9:20 PM

Door on a timer?????  However, my bet is on the coons.

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