Building a folding drop trap

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Cats can become trap-shy — frightened khổng lồ go near or enter a trap, or trap-savvy — mastered the art of removing food without triggering the trap. Don’t be discouraged. The following are several straightforward techniques used to trap hard-to-trap-cats.

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GET THE CATS USED to lớn EATING OUT OF THE TRAP

A short break can reduce a cat’s fear of the trap. During this time, keep feeding that cat and others in un-set traps for about a week or more before trapping again. Feed the cats in the same place & time as always. Load the trap the opposite way you normally would, so that the food is in the front of the trap và the front door is closed, because you vì not want the trap set. Take off the back door or tie it securely open. Place the food by the entrance of the trap, then inside, then over a period of days gradually move it closer to lớn the back. Feed in the same place và time as always. Monitor the traps while the cats eat to ensure traps are not stolen or a cat is not accidentally trapped. The mèo will see other cats eating inside the traps and will likely try it as well. When you are ready khổng lồ trap again, withhold food for 24 hours.

TRY USING A LARGER kích thước TRAP

Some cats may be more comfortable entering a larger trap that has a taller opening & wider sides.

WITHHOLD FOOD FOR UP to lớn TWO DAYS

For a particularly trap-savvy cat, you might consider withholding food for up lớn two days, but bởi not withhold food for any longer. Never withhold water.

MAKE TRAP MORE ENTICING – USE SMELLY TREATS AS BAIT

– Bits of jarred baby food (not containing onions)– Catnip (smear fresh catnip on trap plate)– Make a strong-smelling broth by boiling the pungent herb “valerian root” in water, & then douse the trap with it.– Try other types of bait, such as “people tuna” in oil, mackerel, canned cát food, sardines, anchovies, or cooked chicken.– Cats have an extraordinary smell. Traps often smell lượt thích humans or cleaning products. Try wiping the trap with fresh catnip or sardine oil. Always leave trap covers outdoors to thảm bại the human scent. It also might be as simple as having someone else phối your trap.

Helpful Video: HOW to BAIT TRAP RESISTANT CATS

USE DISTRACTION TECHNIQUES lớn COAX cat ONTO THE TRIGGER PLATE

You may be able lớn guide some cats into a trap with a laze pointer. You can use a pointer from quite a distance away, too. Use the laser khổng lồ emulate the movement of an insect, to draw the cat’s attention inside the trap.

Hang a piece of cooked chicken from a string above the trigger plate. The cát will likely need to step on the trigger to reach the chicken. Tie the chicken in the far right corner of the trap so that the cát must “reach” to get the chicken.

EXTEND THE LENGTH OF THE TRIP PLATE IN THE TRAP

Do this to outsmart a clever feline who plans lớn walk in, have a bite, & leave).

Cut a piece of corrugated cardboard so that it will be 12 to18 inches long & about ½ inch narrower than the inside width of the trap.Use masking tape or painter’s tape lớn secure this cardboard rectangle to the vị trí cao nhất of the trip plate.Use another piece of tape to secure the base kết thúc of the cardboard loosely khổng lồ the wire mesh near the trap door opening. This piece of cardboard extends the length of the metal trip plate. It is essential for catching the crafty feline who walks into the trap, and then delicately places one paw over the trip plate, contentedly eating the nice snack you have left for her. When the cardboard platform covers the trip plate, và the wire mesh at the opening of the trap, the feisty feline does not notice that there is a certain point along the path to the food whereupon she will actuate the trip plate.

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PLACE THE TRAP IN A MORE SECLUDED LOCATION

Moving the trap khổng lồ a quieter or more protected location can raise the cat’s comfort cấp độ enough to lớn enter.

CAMOUFLAGE THE TRAP

Disguise the trap so that it blends in with its surroundings. First, hide the trap under a bush, under a leaning piece of wood, or in a box so the mèo feels lượt thích he is entering a dark hole. Khổng lồ further disguise the trap, cover the sides with branches, leaves, camouflage material, burlap or other natural materials (not the rear – the cat needs to see all the way through) & on the trap floor.

Even simply covering the trap with dark cloth or a towel can do the trick. Be sure that the coverings you use do not interfere with the trap door closing. Sometimes even simpler things work, lượt thích putting the trap inside a cardboard box (with the rear door not covered) or leaning a large board against a wall và putting the trap behind it so it’s hidden.

USE A DROP TRAP

If you are still unable khổng lồ trap a cát or if the cát has learned how to lớn steal bait without springing the trap, consider using a drop trap, which does not rely on a trigger plate to lớn close the trap door. Drop traps allow you khổng lồ catch a cat without having to lớn force him into a confined space. The drop trap falls down over a cát (when triggered by you with a rope) eliminating the need for kitty to step into a narrow opening. Using a drop trap is often a last resort, because it either requires you lớn build or purchase your own or find one khổng lồ borrow. Using a drop trap normally requires the help of another trapper. Visit NEIGHBORHOOD CATS for instructions on how to lớn build a drop trap or option lớn purchase a pre-made trap.

SPRING THE TRAP YOURSELF (WATER BOTTLE TRICK)

The problem may be a particular mèo is wily, or it could be that he’s only one you want out of a crowd of others who keep going in ahead of him. In either case, the solution is to lớn bypass the trigger/trip plate mechanism of the trap và go to manually spring the trap. You can vày this by propping the trap door up with a full water or soda bottle & tying a pull string to lớn it. Tie a long string around the neck of the bottle then stand some distance away. When your cát of choice finally goes in, yank the string, pulling the bottle away & shutting the trap door. Be sure to lớn first practice the method at least once so you get the right feel for it, & wait until the mèo is far enough in (up to lớn or past the trip plate) before you pull the string.

Watch these short videos demonstrating how the water bottle trick works:www.youtube.com/WATER BOTTLE TRICKwww.youtube.com/WATER BOTTLE TRICK IN ACTION

USE A FEMALE IN HEAT lớn ATTRACT THE MALES

If you have already trapped a female cat in heat use her to lớn help get the reluctant male(s). Mix the traps end to kết thúc as in trapping mom cats and kittens and cover the “bait” trap.

LURE INTO A CONFINED SPACE

If you can, lure the cát into an indoor space (with no exit, holes in the wall, etc.) & close the door behind him. Once confined, you can take the patient route by setting a normal trap and otherwise depriving of food (though this can take days).

If you can’t or don’t want to wait, then before you lure the mèo in, take out of the space everything the cat could hide behind or under. Leave only a single large board (approx 5 ft. Long, 3 ft. Wide) leaning against one wall, creating a triangular space. Place a mix trap on the floor at one over of the board & block off the mở cửa space right above the trap with a sheet. When the cat enters the room and is frightened, he’ll run behind the board, sometimes straight into the trap. If he doesn’t go right in, gently poke a broomstick into the non-trap opening of the board khổng lồ encourage him to lớn move forward. If it doesn’t work, withdraw, let the mèo calm down, then try again later.

TAKE A BREAK FROM TRAPPING

If a cát will not go into a trap after repeated attempts, take a break for a week or two (except in the case of an injured cat). The trap-shy cat needs lớn be reconditioned khổng lồ not be afraid to lớn go in the trap. It is important khổng lồ stop trapping until you have trapped the trap-shy cat. Continuing will most likely result in the cát becoming increasingly reluctant.