Before I went on my last vacation, I was worried about the outdoor cats getting fed. My sister was going to feed them, but the weather was rainy and I didn't want their food to get all wet and soggy. I thought that would make it unedible and that they would be hungry. So one of the very last things I did before I went to sleep on the night before we flew out of town was make what I call "food stations."
I bought 2 large plastic storage containers and with each one, I cut a hole large enough for the cats to fit through. I then put their food bowls inside, and there was enough room for them to eat inside the station if it was raining.
Smokey and Mr. Gray both depend on me for daily food. I know they could probably hunt for mice or other small critters, but they wait for me everyday and their bowl of kibbles. And recently, I have started to feed them canned food too because it is so cold outside and I think they need more padding to keep them warm.
I've grown attached to these two. They help make up our 5 cat family. Please God, don't send me any more! My arms are full.