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Getting started on TNR
Questions about the ecological impact of Trap/Neuter/ Return (TNR) as well as the quality of life issue will probably remain as long as there are abundant homeless cats, but the evidence is clear that the benefit to the individual cats is immense, even in scenarios in which capture and euthanasia may actually be more humane.
This trap can be used to catch from one to three or four cats at a time, depending on the size of the cats and the number of cats present on site.
The bait (canned cat food or fish) is placed at the very back of the trap. The cord is pulled to release the trap door only when cats are all the way in and eating the food at the back.
Throw a cloth over the trap to calm [the] cats, who will be jumping around and possibly injuring themselves and each other, and either very carefully transfer them to carriers (a two-person job, for which additional thin pieces of board will be needed to secure the cats into carriers before closing the doors), or take them directly for spaying or neutering in the trap.
If possible, try to do your trapping out of sight of other cats who need to be caught and sterilized, as they will become trap-shy if they see other cats captured or in a panic.
The design of the trap can be modified to use materials readily available in your area, and it can also be built longer and narrower, but do not make it shorter, as it must be deep enough for the cat to be fully inside the trap while eating the food placed at the back. Also, please trim the sliding door to provide one inch of clearance between where the door stops and the bottom of the trap so that it does not fall on and injure the tails of cats which may be extended outside the trap.
We order ours from Animal Care Equipment & Services (ACES) at PO Box 3275, Crestline, CA 92325 USA; phone 909338-1791; fax 909-358-2799; email <email@example.com>; website www.animal-care.com. ACES has a complete line of animal capture equipment, including squeeze-cages which allow injections to be administered through the wire mesh without the cat being handled.
To build your own cat pull-trap, consult the accompanying plans. You'll need only about $25 for materials, plus use of a table-saw, a screwdriver, some glue, and a staple gun.
With one or more molded plastic cat carriers and a roomier holding cage for cats you may put up for adoption, you too will be ready to spend long days and nights trying to outwit wily ferals by edging a food tray back, back, back into your trap an inch at a time for weeks!
Most ferals aren't really that hard to catch, but imagine yourself becoming able to top any blood-spattered hunter's wildest trapping stories with the true tales of how you helped cats.
[An inch (") equals 2.54 centimeters. A foot () equals 0.3048 of a meter.]
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