5 EASY steps
SAFETY FIRST, so if you have questions, please CONTACT US or ask ABC staff for trap training.
We have traps in our “Trap Bank” to loan out for one week and a $50 refundable deposit.
If you prefer to buy your own, please be sure not to use the small rodent humane traps.
ABC traps may not be used to trap cats to take to the animal shelter or relocation. Your trap will be taken and your deposit forfeited!
2. Trap Process
A. Get familiar with how to set it before trap day. We will teach you; it is simple. Withhold all food for 12 hours prior to trap days. Place the trap near the feeding location so they can smell it and get used to it before trap days.
B. Line the bottom of the trap with two layers of newspaper. This makes the wire surface more inviting for the kitty to walk into and protects toes and tails.
C. Use one tbsp of canned food in the back of the trap and one tbsp dribbled in the front. Anymore will create a mess.
D. Once the cat is trapped, cover with a bed sheet to keep kitties calm. We have donated bed sheets.
D. Safety first; when picking up the trap, do not carry with one hand underneath for support. Your fingers could slip through the wire or the cat could scratch or bite. Carry by the handle, and use the other hand to balance one end on the top of the trap. Move careful and calm!
E. Keep cats comfortable in any type of weather! Place cat in the shade or to an air conditioned vehicle.
3. The Return
Keep the cat in the trap after surgery only overnight to allow the anesthetic to run through the cat’s body. In hot weather keep the cat in a cool place to recover. The cat will be groggy and could be susceptible to injury if released groggy, but DO NOT OPEN THE TRAP!
Most feral cats will not eat or drink while in the trap… it’s okay! The next morning, take the cat to the same area as was trapped, ideally aimed near shrubs. Pull back the sheet for a couple of minutes to let the cat “get the smells” and see the sights that he/she knows as home. Then open the trap and be ready for the kitty’s burst of freedom and better health! After the RETURN process, a cat may keep his or her distance from you and the rest of the colony for a few days. This is normal and the cat will typically show up in a few days. Keep feeding on your regular schedule.
4. MONITOR and trap newbies
TNR is pointless unless you monitor the group. As a new cat shows up to the colony, fix it that week. Don’t wait to see if it will move on or if it is male or female. Gender doesn’t matter! All your and our efforts will be in vain if you wait! If you are feeding responsibly, (30 minutes, 2 times/day and never after dark) you won’t have many newbies.