Top 10 Tips For Getting Your Tenacious Trap


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In almost every colony, there's at least one cát who is extra wily or timid & will not go into a regular box trapnomatter how long you withhold food orhow much you spend on roasted chicken, mackerel, sardines, rare roast beef, Wendy's burgers or solid trắng tuna. Before you give up and try khổng lồ find a place lớn live where there are no feral cats (good luck with that!)try one of our hard-to-catch catmethods. Alsocheck out our Trapper Tips.

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A word of caution: don't usenets,net guns,graspers, dart gunsor tranquilizers.These tools can be extremely dangerous for both the cat và the trapper và should only be used, if ever,by trained animal control professionals.

Drop Trap


Most cats have a natural fear of entering a regularbox trap, which is why you have to withhold food the day before and make sure they're very hungry before setting out lớn catch them. Even after a day without a meal, some may still not go in.For these holdouts, a drop trap is perfect. Cats are not afraid togo under a drop trap as opposed lớn into a box trap. As a result, a drop trap will vị the trick for most hard-to-catch felines. Neighborhood Cats designed a collapsible, all-metal drop trap in partnership with Tomahawk Live Trap.See Drop Trapsfor more info, including how lớn use one.

Camouflage Trap


A feral mèo will feel more comfortable entering a box trap when the trap appears to lớn bea natural part of its surroundings. If you're working in a grassy or wooded area, camouflage the trap by first drapingburlap on the trap's floor & over the top và sides. Leavethe front and rear doorsuncovered so the mèo can go in unobstructed & have a clear view out the rear.Placeleaves, sticks & other loose naturalmatter on the burlap. If possible, position the trap near a bush or under a tree to lớn make it appear even more lượt thích it's part of the environment. Similar techniques can be applied in other settings as well. In a moreurban or industrialsetting, put the trap inside a long cardboard box, leaving the front and rear doors uncovered. Then sprinkle debris & materialfrom the immediate surrounding area on the box. Orlean a board against a wall or fence & place the trap under it. The more the trap blends in, the more likely the mèo will enter.

Train the Catto Enter a Trap


If atrapcan be safely left outdoors in the cat'sterritory for an extended period of time, it's possible to train her to go in. The area needs to lớn be secure so no one walks off with the equipment, lượt thích a secluded backyard ora private courtyard. You can also trainan entire colony with this method, using one trap per cat. The process usually takes from one to two weeks.For each trap deployed, follow these instructions:

Secure the front door of the trap in a raised position.You can run a stick through the sides of the trap khổng lồ block the door from falling or use a twist tieor similar chiến thắng to tie it in place.Place the trapin the cat'sterritory near the normal feeding spot. Leave it in place throughout the training.On the first day of the training,put the cat's usual meal on the grounda foot or two away from the trap's front door. Use a small plate or bowl. Start further away for a more skittish cat.Keep putting the plate at this spot,the same distance from the trap, until the cát starts eating the food.Then, for the next meal, move the plate six inches or so closer khổng lồ the trap's front door. When the mèo starts eating from this new spot, move the plate closer to the front door again.Repeat this process until the plate isright next khổng lồ thefront of the trap. When the mèo is comfortable eating there, move the plate a few inches inside the trap. Keep waiting for the cát to eat, then moving the plate a few inches further in until itis all the way in the back of the trap và she is going in after it.On your scheduled trapping date, at the time the cat isused khổng lồ eating, untie or unblock the front door, bait the trapand set the trigger.

If you must use this method somewhere that is not totally secure, remove the rear door of the trap and take it away with you.This will render the trap useless to anyone with ill intent. You won't be able lớn train the mèo to go all the way to lớn the back over of the trap, but you can train her to lớn eat in the middle, which should be good enough.Try khổng lồ place the trap somewhere hidden và use a chain and lock lớn secure it to an immovable objectlike a pole or fence. If the area istoo accessible lớn the public và the risk of vandalism or theft is high, don't use this method.

See-through Rear Door


A trap-shy cat will be less fearful of entering the narrow confines of a box trapif she believes there is a way out on the other end.One way to lớn create the illusion of a back exit is with a transparent rear door, lượt thích the one designed byNeighborhood Cats & Tomahawk Live Trap. Itfits Tomahawktraps measuring 10 inches wide by 12 inches highand replacesthe normal wire mesh rear door. Go toTomahawkor hotline 1-800-272-8727 to order mã sản phẩm NC1012. If you're using another kind of trap, ask your local hardware store or lumberyard khổng lồ cut a piece of thick Plexiglass the correct size. Have them drill a hole centered near the topand then secure your see-through door khổng lồ the trap with a cable tie or strong twist tie. After you've caught your elusive cat, section her off towards the front of the trap with a trap divider,then replace your see-through door with the normalone.



Cats are smart! Some know not lớn step on the trip plate. Instead they'll step over or around it to reach the bait.One way to lớn outsmart them is to lớn bypass the whole trip plate mechanism and use a bottle & string tomanually close the front door. Open the front door và prop a corner on a full one-liter water bottle. Tie one over of a long piece of string around the bottle's base, then move away from the trap, holding onto the other over of the string. Wait for the mèo to go all the way in, thenyank the string, pulling the bottle away & shutting the front door. Before you try this live, practice yanking the bottle away once or twice so you have the feel for it.

Whenever you see a cat in a trap who avoided the trip plate và is happily munching away on the bait, you want khổng lồ get him out of the trap so you can phối up the bottle & string. But don't overly frighten him by making loud noises or rushing up to the trapor else he won't come back for seconds any time soon. Walk up slowly & quietly, giving him plenty of time to see you and back out of the trap. Sometimes the cat will step on the trip plate as he's exiting. If not, often he'll wait around for you khổng lồ set up the bottle và string, then go back into the trap when you're a safe distance away.

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The bottle-and-string technique can also be used to pick out a specificcatfrom the crowd, like one who is pregnant or injured. If you're trying to lớn selectively trap, put a lot of bait in the rear of the trap. That way, a number of cats can go in, have a bite và leave while you wait for your target cat to vị the same.

Hide the Trip Plate

Besides the bottle-and-string, another way to catch a mèo who knows khổng lồ avoid the trip plate isto hide the plateunder a sheet of newspaper. Cover,the plate, the floor in front ofit and the floor a little bit behind it. If there's any wind at all, use clothespins lớn secure the paper in place & keep it from flapping around and scaring the cat. To lớn make it even harder for the cát to avoid the trip plate, slide a stick through both sides of the trap a few inches off the ground andjust in front of the plate (see photo).The stick willforcethe mèo to step over the stick with his paw landing on the hidden trip plate.

Lure into a Closed Space

If you can lure a cat into an enclosed space like a basement, garage or shed và close the door behind her, you're well on your way towards getting her into a trap. Once the cat is inside, you can try the patient approach, which involves simply setting a baited trap in the space, or the quick approach of running her into a trap. Be sure to check ahead of time that there are no cracked open windows, holes in the wall or other possible escape routes.

If you want to try to lớn wait it out after the cát is inside, place a baited trap in the space, figuring sooner or later she'll get hungry enough to go in. Replenish the bait at least twice a day & leavewater available outside the trap at all times. Also leave out a full litter box & a pile of newspaper (in case she doesn't know what litter is). Lớn avoid harming the mèo by depriving her of food for too long, don't try this for more than two or three days & don't withhold food for more than a few hours withkittens or cats with special needs.

The faster way to lớn trap her is lean a large board against a wall & hide a set trap behind it. Drape a sheet over the board lớn block the xuất hiện space above và to the side of the trap, but don't cover the trap door(see photo).Do this with both the back & front ends. Before you lure the cat into the space, remove or block off any other possible hiding places. The idea is that the cat, upon realizing she's stuck in the room, will frantically look for a place to hide. Because she won't see anywhere else, she'll run behind the board & into the trap.

If the cat does findan unexpected place khổng lồ hide, gently flush her out with a broomstick or similar long object và force her lớn go find another spot. If for some reason she won't go behind the board or into the trap, phối a baited trap in the space, leave out water and newspaper/litter & try again later, after she's had a chance lớn calm down.

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Read our completeinstructions for using theNeighborhood Cats Drop Trap, including assembly, positioning, bait, dropping the trap & transferring a mèo out after capture.

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