Asked on Apr 27, 2017

How do I get rid of slugs who steel outside cat food ?



15 answers
  • you can try a number of things like placing broken egg shells around the bowl (the slugs don't like the scratchy surface) or coarse salt (which burns the slugs). I would be hesitant about using beer traps because your cats might partake.
  • Itsmemic
    on Apr 27, 2017

    well, hate to say it but don't leave cat food outside . especially at night when slugs abound. You can also, put a dish of beer next to the food if you insist on feeding at night. The slugs love beer..and drown in it.
  • Janet Pizaro
    on Apr 27, 2017

    Apply food grade diatomsoeous earth around or corn meal.
  • Virginia Thomas
    on Apr 27, 2017

    I would not leave the cat food outside to begin with, but if it is a must, try a salt line or a dish with beer in it.
    • Elaine
      on Sep 13, 2017

      Hi Virginia: I was also going to suggest a dish of beer but was wondering if the cats would try to drink it and thus, become ill .... or worse!
  • Elaine
    on Apr 27, 2017

    Do you simply have to leave cat food outside? :(

    Is it outside because you are feeding strays? In which case, I applaud your kindness but if it's for your own cats, I'd definitely feed them inside due to the safety of their food and keeping flies and other insects off their dishes. Whatever you do finally decide on spreading around to deter slugs, make sure it's safe for the cats.
  • Allison
    on Apr 27, 2017

    I've used copper wire around my garden to keep slugs out. Maybe a copper bowl that is lined or a copper pie plate to set the cat food bowl in? Nighttime feeding will bring more than slugs, so you may want to take the food up when you go to bed.
    • Allison
      on Apr 5, 2019

      I used copper wire, which works greats, but having to clean the tarnish off every year was a hassle. Copper tape, 1/4 inch, on a 1x2 frame would work much better for feeding cats. Just put the food inside the frame. The tape is inexpensive, (check Amazon) so replacing it every year won't destroy your budget. The copper gives slugs and snails a zing when their slime comes in contact with it, it's unpleasant, so they avoid it.

  • Lori King
    on Apr 27, 2017

    Don't leave food out. We put bowls inside utility bldg when their done eating
  • Elaine
    on Sep 13, 2017

    hi Rebecca: As I said before, if they are strays you are feeding, I applaud your kindness! I really hope someone else can come up with an answer re the slugs.

    When I had an invasion of them on my Hostas (plants), I tried placing crushed eggshells around the base of the plants, but it didn't work. I also tried copper (some people have luck) but the slugs I had just crawled over it and still contined to chew up my Hostas.

    Again, I admire and thank you for feeding the poor strays. I did the very same thing when I lived in a house but had no trouble with slugs.
  • Johnavallance82
    on Mar 29, 2018

    Don't feed cat outside or take in at night or get from Pet store Feeder with lid that has a pressure pad to lift it as cat aproaches.
  • Oliva
    on Nov 23, 2018

    Agricultural grade diatomaceous Earth, sprinkled at perimeter should slice open slug's body.

    Bring cat food in at night. You risk attracting skunks and rodents, which won't make you any friends.

  • Lynn Sorrell
    on Nov 24, 2018

    Put the cat food bowl inside another dish filled with water just a shallow one. keeps ants,slugs,cockroaches from eating it. I teach people TNR & to care for outside,strays,free roaming & feral cats. Please micro-chip and most of all get them their shots & SPAY & NEUTER them

  • Monica Koerperich
    on Apr 5, 2019

    I like your solution best. Water used as deterrent.

  • Ellis
    on Apr 5, 2019

    Put the cat food on a slight elevation, perhaps on a board held above the ground on some bricks. And bring the cat food in at night, as others said. Slugs can slither really high--I've seen trails several feet up the glass door.

  • Cindy
    on Aug 23, 2019

    The bowl in a bowl should work. It creates a moat around the food boat that most slugs and some insects won't cross. Also, you might try different bowls. We used a metal one and the slugs were all over it every day, but when we used ceramic, they were not. Thanks for feeding the strays.

  • Leah
    on Mar 4, 2020

    I had the same problem but found a humane solution. I save empty pots to feed the ferals and found that certain ones fit perfectly under my cats feeding dishes creating a mushroom shape so the slugs cannot get to the cat food. I will post a photo if possible, may not work for everyone but works for me.

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