Originally Posted by debster747
We've moved the shelter twice. The cats hang out under our deck (it's 2-level and you can actually stand under it).
What I just noticed yesterday is that a raccoon came through, had a drink of water from the bowl that's usually outside the shelter, went right in & up into the shelter (sometimes we leave a little dry food in it to try to entice the kitties to use it!).
Now we know why they avoid it.
We're hoping that when the colder weather comes the situation will take care of itself!
(Our area under the deck was just like yours around the picnic table last winter. We had all kinds of crates, heaters, heat lamps, cardboard, etc. It looked like a kitty ghetto!!!)
Oh NO! Coons! now, THERE's a problem for sure. My sister once cared for about 10+ strays and ferals - and coons! I think they finally gave up trying to keep the food away from the coons and eventually both the coons and cats were eating together - I think I have the story correct.
Guess if you want the cats to stay in the shelter you won't be able to put the food in there - those silly coons!
I know exactly what you mean about the Pile Shelter! I'm so glad the neighbors can't see our back yard, even ashamed when we have human visitors to see our structure(s) - don't think we'd pass the City's Occupation Permit requirements - altho' the cats seem to approve.
Hopefully someone will know, and suggest, something about how to discourage the coon(s). - I'm checking with my sister to see if she might have any ideas, and will share if/when she's able to get back to me.
My sister doesn't hold out too much hope about the coons - she has a three story home, the coons managed to get up on the second floor deck looking for cat food - so, sorry about your wild life situation ... maybe a little TNR for the coons might help your problem.