Feral Cat Trapping Tips

Many people use live traps to capture feral cats, whether to remove them from their property or as part of a Trap Neuter Return (TNR) effort. Regardless of your final goal, here are some useful tips for trapping feral cats (please be sure to check with your local laws before setting a live trap in your area):

Tip 1: If you are trapping a feral cat with the intention of short-term care, be sure to select a cat trap that features a back-door, divider, and some sort of cover. A great option is the Havahart® Feral Cat Trapping Kit.

Tip 2: Always place the cage on a level surface.

Tip 3: Position the cage against a wall of a building or in a path commonly traveled by the cat.

Tip 4: After setting the trap, it may be helpful to cover the cage with a blanket or burlap sac. Cats often venture into enclosed areas, so covering your trap may result in a quicker catch.

Tip 5: Remove yourself from the immediate area, but stay close so that you can check the cage as often as possible.

Tip 6: After the cat has been caught, place the cover over the cage. This helps to calm the cat.

Tip 7: Please do not allow children or pets near the cage.

Tip 8: Check with veterinarian/humane league to determine if you may feed/water the cat before you relocate. Follow the trap instructions for placing food and water in the cage.

Tip 9: If you choose to relocate the animal with a carrier or crate, the carrier should be large enough to hold a small food and water bowl along with an 8 inch x 8 inch tin foil pan for litter.

Tip 10: When transporting the cat in a car, place a trash bag or tarp under the cage. Keep the cage covered. Please do not transport the cat in the closed trunk of the car.

For full step-by-step guide for feral and stray cat trapping, please visit the Havahart.com How to Trap a Feral Cat page.

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