My new hedgehog feeding station is an upgrade of my previous hedgehog cafe. I’ve created a new design that is aesthetically more pleasing and has so far deterred every cat. Its clearer design also means that I have got much better footage on the hedgehog night camera. Its the perfect addition to your nature garden.
You can use the box either way up but this box had a slight shatter in the top so I have used it upside down. It is also more stable this way up.
I started by measuring and marking out a 4.5″ square hole.
I talk in more detail about tools on my previous hedgehog feeding station blog. I would advise also wearing googles. The plastic often shatters during cutting. I scored all along the edges of the marked hole several times before cutting through. I finished off the cutting with the sturdy kitchen scissors.
I used clear Gorilla tape to seal all the sharp edges around the hole. This is essential because the plastic edges left after cutting are sharp. The clear tape gives a much more aesthetically pleasing finish.
In this new design of hedgehog cafe, I created an internal dividing wall using a piece of polycarbonate. I had this lying around from previously repairing a growhouse. I cut it to the exact shape of the box and cut a 4.5″ square hole out of the bottom side. I also taped this with the clear Gorilla tape.
The dividing wall has so far baffled all cats and it also looks more aesthetically pleasing than a brick to deter cats. I don’t think the cats are able to contort their bodies to get through the first door and then immediately round into the second hole.
Hedgehogs can also see if the feeding station is already ‘hoggupied’
The clear tape and dividing wall also mean I get better footage of hedgehog diners on the night camera.
You will need a weight on the top of your feeding station to help stop it blowing around or cats/foxes trying to get in. What a fabulous use for my old hedgehog boot scraper (the brush scraper bit long since disintegrated)
Here is some footage I took earlier:
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