cutting holes in plastic bins?
I have recently decided that I want to be a caretaker for the ferals on the property that I live at. While doing some research on how to build feeding stations and winter dens, I think I have a few ideas of how to improvise my own (I have neither the budget or other resources/tools to build them exactly as any site suggests). As it's warm (and I still have to pay $600 on my car's last repair), I can wait a bit for the winter shelters.
Anyhoo...I started with feeding them. I found a way to keep it from raccoons (don't leave it out at night) and squirrels (put it up high). Now I got a problem with magpies taking it!
My solution is to put the food in a box. It's currently up on a shelf, so that other critters can't climb up to it...but still open to the birds. I figure if I take a plastic bin (18 gallon storage tote), and cut a hole in the side(s), the cats can get up and inside. The only problem, is how to make the hole? Somebody told me they just used a box cutter/razor blade. Didn't work when I tried - But mine is old, and even if I got a brand new sharper one, I think I'm too much a weakling (80 lbs frail girl) for it to still go through. I don't have any type of saw or drill. I heard that heating a coffee can or big soup can would work, but I don't got those, either! I've also heard that a hair dryer aimed at the plastic makes it easier to cut... but I don't got that, either.
Sad to say, I'm one of those "crazy cat ladies", and all my friends are on the internet, so I really can't borrow tools from "real life" friends (my only local friends are the cats!)
Any ideas/suggestions? Thanks!