I need your help
|Mom and the boys (as we found out later)|
For the record I really don’t like cats, but I don’t want to see them suffer either, which brings me to my kind but misguided neighbor who feeds the feral cats in our neighborhood and is now responsible for a growing population of mating, pooping, stinky, noisy cats. When one exhausted momma cat took up residence in our yard with her second or third litter, my husband and I knew we had to do something. After a little research we came upon this article on Trap, Neuter, and Release (TNR) programs and decided that this was the route we needed to take. Let me say right now that my husband has been the best sport about all of this. He’s been a victim or more than one of my goofy schemes, but he usually just rolls his eyes and puts up with them. This adventure was no different.
|Pre ear clip and with his you-know-whats intact|
I’d been worried about putting out food and getting vermin. Thankfully, the class taught us to put out food for one hour and then take it in. We did this for a few days prior to setting the traps. Cats are smart enough to learn when to come for dinner, and it worked like a charm. Thursday, the day before we set out the traps, we didn’t feed them, per the instructions of the animal rescue staff. On Friday, by the time we put out the traps, it took all of 15 minutes to trap the three of them. Once we got those three fed and watered in their cages all covered and cozy, we decided to put out the fourth cage in hopes of catching the tom cat that has been amazingly prolific.
|"I'm so embarrassed"|
Just a reminder to everyone that when you are trapping ferals it is possible to trap wildlife other than your intended kitty – we advocate releasing the wildlife in the same area as they were trapped. Unfortunately, involving animal control... means euthanasia for the animal. Releasing the animal in the same area is important as it could be a nursing mother with dependent babies. Standing behind the trap and pulling the door straight up will allow the animal to run straight out.
Thank you again for all your help and your ongoing educational efforts. I've learned so much from you all.