Though most traps will trap a cat, we highly recommend the Tru-Catch traps. Other brands of traps work well, but the Tru-Catch traps operate more quietly than other brands. Less noise means that the cats will be less fearful of the trap, thereby making trapping numerous cats less time-consuming. To the best of our knowledge these traps can only be purchased online. They may be a bit more expensive than other traps, but if you are planning on trapping a good-sized colony, then you may want to consider checking out a Tru-Catch trap. Click the link below for photos and instructions on how to set a Tru-Catch Trap.
We recommend purchasing the Tru-Catch 30″ trap with rear release door. This rear door makes it easy to release a skunk, raccoon, or a cat that has previously been trapped. (To release a skunk, use a broom handle to lift the rear door!)
Havahart traps are very affordable and are available for purchase at your local Tractor Supply store, pet stores, lawn and garden centers, and home improvement centers. They are reasonably priced and work very well when trapping a small colony. These traps have a solid metal entrance door instead of the mesh door on the Tru-Catch traps. The metal door is loud when it shuts and can scare off other cats that you may need to trap. Other than that, the traps works well.
We have drop traps available if you have a hard-to-trap cat, or if you want to trap more than one cat at a time instead of using several traps. Click the link below to watch the video on how to use a drop trap.
POST-OP CARE FOR FERAL CATS
This feral cat post-op cage setup (which has been published in “The TNR Handbook,” by Neighborhood Cats, is an excellent, and safe, method of caring for feral cats during their confinement period after surgery. The setup reduces stress for the cat, and also eliminates escape, scratches and injuries to the caretaker. Click on the TNR Handbook and scroll to page 72.
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