This is Daisy under an umbrella watching me get her food ready .
This is how I feed the cats outdoors. I put a beach umbrella over one of our round metal tables and place cat feeders on the table...under the umbrella. Then we lower the umbrella so only the cats can get in.
With the umbrella lowered all the way down to the table height, the birds won't venture in to eat the cat food and it also keeps the rain out...unfortunately, nothing keeps the little squirrels & chipmunks out.
Here's what it looks like...Just like a little dome over a table, but it's not lowered all the way down in this picture yet...You can still see a little gap between the table and the umbrella.
When we leave on our extended vacations, we put several feeders under the umbrella and have someone check them three times a week, and fill them if necessary...They also have to pet the cats, while they are filling up the feeders...It's a little extra bonus they get...for feeding the cats. *S*
The feeders used to last for almost 2 weeks, but now we have neighboring cats who have found them...and eventually the skunk and the opossum will find them too. Because of the 'stinky one' and the opossum, I have to get creative and move the feeders around to different locations.
Because of strong winds that
accompany thunderstorms, we tie the ends of the umbrella down to the table edges...otherwise, the umbrella goes sailing into the neighbors yard or turns inside out. The umbrella will also be protected by a very large sycamore tree that is over-head. The sycamore tree has very LARGE leaves, but right now it doesn't have any yet.
Last year I accidentally bought several umbrellas that were NOT waterproof...I thought all umbrellas were waterproof, but I was wrong. Some are only made to keep the sun out. The one that is over the table at the moment has been heavily rain tested this week and is C.A.T. approved for use.