10 Safe Ways to Keep Ants Out of Cat Food

Here are 10 cat safe ways you can keep ants out of a cat food bowl that just work. I have tried all these and have been able to protect my cat’s food.
A lot of red ants eating an apple

We have a bad ants problem and I spent a couple of days researching the best and safest way to keep ants out of cat food and found these 10 that actually work.

Most methods I found online were not safe for cats or don’t suit cats because of their sensitive noses.

Here are the methods that are safe, budget friendly and all around effective in keeping ants out of cat food.

#1 – Place the Food Bowl in a Water Bowl
#2 – Use Chalk
#3 – Clean and Store Away the Food Bowl
#4 – Change the Food Bowl Location
#5 – Vaseline
#6 – Double Sided Tape
#7 – Talcum or Baby Powder
#8 – Serve only Required Quantity
#9 – Baking Soda
#10 – Store Extra Pet Food in Lid Container

#1 – Place the Food Bowl in a Water Bowl

Water moat is a great way to keep ants out of cat food

There is no secret that cats hate water but ants hate water more than cats.

The best and most safe way to keep ants out of a cat food bowl is to place the cat food bowl in a shallow water bowl. You don’t need to fill up the water bowl completely but enough to make it feel like the food bowl is floating.

This will stop the ants from getting to the food bowl. Remember to make sure the food bowl is not touching any walls as ants can climb into the food bowl from there.

#2 – Use Chalk

Yes, a humble chalk is a very efficient way to keep ants out of cat food.

Take the chalk (any colour will do) and draw a thick boundary around the cat food bowl.

Ants dislike chalk and will go to great lengths to avoid it. This is a very effective and cheap way to stop ants from getting into the cat food bowl.

#3 – Clean and Store Away the Food Bowl

If there is no food, ants won’t come to it, it is as simple as that.

Once your furry friend has had their fill, wash the food bowl with soap and store it away in a cabinet or drawer. It is a bit more work and if you can’t particularly do it every time,

I would recommend doing it a couple of times a week.

#4 – Change the Food Bowl Location

Change the location of the food bowl.

Ants remember where they found food and will go back to it. Changing the location of the cat food bowl will throw them off. Also using chalk to secure the new area will provide extra protection from ants.

#5 – Vaseline

Use vaseline or petroleum jelly to create a protective layer around the food bowl rim.

Rub vaseline on the outer edge of the food bowl and it will form a protective layer which will stop ants from entering into the food.

The only downside is, the cat hairs can get stuck to it as well and you would need to clean it and after a little while but it can be cleaned with a cloth or tissue.

#6 – Double Sided Tape

This one is particularly handy if you keep cat food bowls outside.

Take a double sided tape and place it around the food bowl. Make sure the food bowl is away from any walls.

A couple of downsides are that it is not particularly pleasing to see and can be a bit of a hassle to remove them once enough ants have sticked on it.

#7 – Talcum or Baby Powder

Just put some talcum or baby powder around the food bowl.

Ants try to avoid powder for a couple of reasons, it throws off their scent trail and it clogs up their airways which isn’t very nice for the ants.

#8 – Serve only Required Quantity

This one is pretty straight forward but covering all the basics here.

Only put in a food bowl what your cat will eat and throw out the remaining food so that ants don’t have any food to get to.

Leaving uneaten food in the bowl is inviting ants so make sure to clear out the remaining food.

#9 – Baking Soda

Baking soda is such a versatile ingredient, you wouldn’t have thought that it could be used as an ant repellent as well. Baking soda dehydrates the ants so they know to avoid it at all cost.

Sprinkle some baking soda around the food bowl, make sure there are no gaps otherwise ants would pass through the gaps.

Baking soda can be harmful to cats, if ingested in large quantities so if your cat is of the curious kind and likes to try things, it is best to avoid this method.

#10 – Store Extra Pet Food in Lid Container

This one isn’t really related to cat food bowls but cat food in general.

Keeping cat food in an airtight lid container will stop ants from sneaking into it.

I would also recommend using chalk to create a barrier between the container and ants for added protection.

What to do next?

Food bowl in the water bowl along with chalk has worked best for keeping ants out of cat food for us. So go on and try some of these and let your cat eat in peace.

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