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Topic: ANTS! why won't u leave my kitty's food alone?  (Read 3174 times)
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« on: July 28, 2005 08:33:03 AM »

ants are always mobbing Jack's food. I'v put his milk cup and his ood cup in a tray filled with water, but jack just plays in the water, tips his cup over to watch his food float or goes crazy and skid around corners, sending the water and tray flying!! anyone with suggestions??
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2005 08:54:54 AM »

Sprinkle some cinnamon on a plastic place mat, and put Kitty's food and water dishes on that.
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2005 08:55:48 AM »

Camicide is a natural ant poison that is supposed to be both effective and safe for pets. You can probably get it online if no stores in your area have it.  It seems obvious, but the best thing would be to figure out how the ants are getting into the house and then cut off their access.  I've heard stuff like Borax or Vaseline will keep them out, but I haven't tried either myself.  Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2005 11:34:16 PM »

thanks guys! I'll give them a go

Those ants are like fROM somewhere else ay. We've surrounded the flat inside and out with so much ant powder it looks like we live near the beach, we've put a bijillion kinds of ant baits down but they only appear when jack is eating.
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2005 01:32:38 AM »

They do sell bowls at pet stores that are designed to prevent bugs from getting into the food, I tried the "pan of water" solution, and it worked okay, but this bowl is better.  If you're in the US, they had them at PetSmart.  It was like this one:

http://www.petsmart.com/global/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524441807953&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=2534374302023689&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302025875&bmUID=1122712263126

But not nearly that big (that one is almost 16 oz) and not as expensive.
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2005 08:25:03 AM »

Ants won't cross chalk, a thick line around the dish should work.
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2005 02:01:13 PM »

Put sugar outside (if that is where the ants are coming from) Then they will be more interested in that then his food!  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2005 10:52:46 PM »

I have heard ants wont cross a line of chalk.
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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2005 11:10:03 PM »

ants will eventually cross chalk, especially if there is food around. I've tried many a time to kill an ant by letting him starve in a circle of chalk, but it doesn't work for a long period of time. (Can you tell that I live in a really boring town?)
I second the petsmart bowl.
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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2005 01:05:10 AM »

My dog's food bowl use to have ants in it all of the time.  I got the "fool-a-bug" bowl at a pet store.  Its been a year and no ants yet.  It is definately something worth getting.  The ant bait is called "Come and get it".  It won't harm animals.  My neighbor told me her dog ate the whole container of it and was OK.  I tried looking for it at Lowes and they don't carry it.  I found it at a nursery instead.

Oh, my cat plays in his water bowl too.  When I come home, I am always fishing out rubberbands, flowers, and various objects that he was playing with.  He likes to flip it over too.  So, I bought a heavier weight bowl and he seems to not knock it over as much.  Hope that helps.

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