Honestly, if you put cat food outside, it's going to attract animals. We used to have raccoons break through our pool screen when we left cat food outside (cat was indoors but would sometimes get out). We stopped leaving food, they stopped coming.
I've trapped possums and my last dog killed possums and armadillos in my back yard for years. I've had an outdoor cat for a few months.
Care to say again how I wouldn't have them if I didn't have a bowl of cat food outside?
You wouldn't give a shit about them if you didn't have cat food in the back yard.
Depends. My chicken coup is completely secure, so that's safe. If it wasn't...
And possums can absolutely cause home damage, get into attics, etc.
I would absolutely care. It's just whether or not I knew they were there.