Providing a feeding station and establishing a specific area for feeding has many advantages. Feeding stations protect the food from the elements by raising it off of the ground and/or shielding it with a roof, and they provide the cats with shelter while eating. An established feeding area also helps with Trap-Neuter-Return efforts, since cats are fed at the same place every day, making it easy to know where to trap.
A visible feeding station placed with the property owner’s permission will make a TNR program appear more legitimate — it is a clear reminder that someone is caring for and about the cats. A feeding station also can be used to educate others in the neighborhood — many caretakers post signs providing information about how to contribute or volunteer, and explaining that the cats are fed on a schedule (so people should not leave food). On the other hand, if you need to keep a low profile, a feeding station can help camouflage where the cats eat and make colony management easier on the caregiver.
Provide adequate food for the cats on a regular basis, year-round. The amount of food a cat needs depends on his or her size, the weather, and what other food sources are available.