Hey everyone, once again it’s National Feral Awareness Week. This whole week is dedicated to the thousands of feral cats out there on the streets and how we as cat lovers can help them have a better & safer life in the wild.
Most of us as cat lovers have at some stage fed a feral cat. In my last home, I had three feral cats I would feed every second day from kittens but as soon as they got to six months I trapped all three and got them all neutered and ear tipped. Feeding ferals shouldn’t stop at putting out a plate of food, you should continue looking after their well-being.
If you are feeding a feral then you need to take the next step which is (TNR) Trap-Neuter-Return . TNR has proven to be the most successful way of controlling feral populations in the wild.
How do I trap my Feral Cat?
It’s actually very easy….
- Contact your local animal shelter, animal charity and ask to borrow a trap. Some vets will have traps they allow you to borrow. Don’t worry they will show you how to use it when you pick it up.
- Place your trap in a dry area. You don’t want your feral stuck in a cage if it starts raining.
- Place a small bit of cardboard on the floor of the cage. Cats don’t like walking on the wire mesh.
- Place some irresistible food on the cardboard away from the trap door. I would suggest using tuna (in water preferably). Please don’t use a container, when the trap goes off the cat will get a fright and trash around. You don’t want them hurting themselves.
- Set the trap and wait. Personally, I don’t like the thought of trapping cats at night, the thoughts of the poor cat stuck in a cage all night long doesn’t sit with me. You may have no choice as some cats can be super evasive, please give trapping during the day ago first.
Tip: Try feeding your feral every day a week before trapping then stop for one day (to make them hungry) and then place the trap down.
Now you have trapped your feral you need to place a blanket or cloth over the trap to keep your feral calm while you transfer it to your shelter or vet. Your feral will be examined by a veterinarian, neutered, ear-tipped and vaccinated. Some veterinarians will offer flea treatment and FIV/FELV testing which is normally an additional cost. After a day or two, your feral should be released back into your care so you can return them back to the wild.
Tip: Make sure you don’t put your hands anywhere near the cage, remember these feral have had little to no contact with humans.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.