Filed in Cats, Sanitation
At face value ants might seem like an insignificant threat to your cat. However, ants are unclean, carry disease, and they can bite.
Although it is unlikely that your cat will have a problem with ants, you may find increased ant activity around food dishes and food storage areas. Your best defense against them is cleanliness and secure food storage.
Make certain that pet food dishes are washed on a regular basis and that the feeding area, particularly outdoor areas, are kept clean. You can also treat the outside of food dishes with compounds (most are silicone based) that make it difficult for ants to get into the food dishes. Bulk food storage containers should have a lid that offers a tight seal. This will keep out ants and other animals, and will protect against condensation.
Another unconventional method of ant-control is known as moating. Simply fill a large bowl with water, and float your cat's feeder inside of it. The result? The ants can't swim to the food.