I tried several feeding stations before my husband built one with a maze entrance which finally foiled the very persistent cat that had decided I was a new food source. Most cats couldn’t get into my first feeding stations but a persistent tabby was so athletic that he crawled through a very small tunnel to steal the food every night. So my advice is to use a cleverly constructed station (I found a diagram on the internet) and not to put food outside as cats are bound to find food. I agree that keeping the station only for food and water is best. Hopeogs will create their own nesting sites but finding food can be more challenging, so offering a helping hand on feeding is more useful than a bed if you only have one ‘box’.
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