Alley Cat Allies Offers Tips for Humane Feral Cat Trapping
Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today offered best-practice tips for
safe, humane cat trapping as part of a Trap-Neuter-Return program.
Bethesda, MD (Vocus) September 8, 2009 -- Alley Cat Allies, the national advocate for stray and feral cats, today
offered best-practice tips for safe, humane cat trapping as part of a Trap-Neuter-Return program.
"Trap-Neuter-Return improves the lives of feral cats and makes them better neighbors," said Becky Robinson,
president of Alley Cat Allies. "It stops the breeding cycle and ends behaviors associated with mating, like yowling
and roaming. It is the best course of action for feral cats, who are not socialized to people and can't be adopted
into homes. First-time trappers may be a bit apprehensive about the process, but it's actually quite simple and safe,
as long as you follow some basic steps."
The following are guidelines for humane trapping. More detailed instructions can be found at
Set a feeding schedule. Feed the cats at the same time and place every day for one to two weeks. Withhold food
for 24 hours before you intend to trap. Always continue to provide water.
Make veterinary appointments ahead of time. Before your trapping day, call and make reservations with a
veterinarian or neuter clinic experienced with feral cats. Ensure you are able to cancel this appointment without
penalty if your trapping is unsuccessful that day.
Practice, practice, practice. Practice setting the trap ahead of time. There are several models, some with
removable backdoors or with different latching systems. View directions for traps online at
Prepare the traps. Prepare traps away from the trap site so you do not disturb the cats. Line the bottom with
newspaper, folded to fit the size of the trap. Place about a tablespoon of tuna at the back of the trap and drizzle a
trail of oil and very small bits of tuna leadi