Success with a Cat Trap
HIYA!! SAVANNAH HERE!!!
Mom L has been putting up some photos of a Mom cat and her four to five month old kitten on our Face Book pages. So if you follow her, then you may have seen some of these photos.
But, I am here today with the back story and progress that we made just yesterday on our new Paw It Forward Project! You got it! I’m gonna make sure this cat and her kitten are spayed, neutered, vaccinated to keep them healthy if they decide they still wanna live in the outdoors. Dad P and Mom L spotted them just up the street from our home. They were living behind a really nice Elk’s Lodge under a super warm, dry and cool large patio with a great roof. I named mom cat “Mandy” and the kitten “Andi”—we didn’t know what sex the kitten was at the time I was writing this blog post. (pEEeSS Andi is a GIRL!!)
Mom L started by feeding them in a double bowl but Mandy always stayed behind to keep watch over Andi and make sure she got enough to eat. So, Dad P suggested feeding them in separate bowls and a distance apart. You can see that Andi kept an eye on her mom to make sure she didn’t leave her. And Mandy was able to eat a really nice evening meal all by herself.
Of course unknown to Mandy and Andi, Mom L was plotting to get them positioned outside that lodge enclosure and eating together so’s she could finally trap them. Amazing that Andi became very accustomed to Mom L in just a couple of days and would come bounding over within just a few feet of Mom L. Andi was eager for her yummy meal. Mandy on the other paw took a few days more, but even she warmed up and started to come right to the food bowl without any hesitation once Mom L walked away several feet.
Isn’t she pretty? And you can tell she kept her eyes on Mom L just to be sure her baby was safe. They would retreat behind the fence and a wooden pallet to do their after dinner cleaning.
Next Mom L and Dad P brought out this amazing trap one of Mom L’s community cat rescue pals created! Yes, he came up with this design on his own and built it. It is crazy effective too. It has a hard floor with a little porch. You can put some yummy noms on that porch to draw a kitty close. And that is a drop door, which is able to be managed with a small device like a garage door opener. The door can be dropped shut tight from across a street!
First night, which was our Saturday, that Mom L and her pal tried the trap—KABAM!!!! They caught BOTH Mandy and Andi!!! Mind you the kitties were terrified, but they were now gonna be taken care of and there will be no more babies. They both went in yesterday morning, after spending a quiet night cozy in our warm garage, for their Spay and Neuter and vaccinations, rabies and flea treatment and micro-chipping. Mom L’s pal Miss Kris was able to get them into a place called Fix Our Ferals for free service! Awesome, huh?!!
Here is where they will come for their recovery and attempts by Mom L and Dad P to socialize them. And yes, Mom L’s office is once again off limits to me and TKS.
After a week or so, if Mandy/Andi don’t show any sign of wanting human contact, then we will release them back to that lodge. They have a really nice lady who feeds them twice a day and they are even now in great condition. Beautiful furrs!! And good body weight.
Check back next Monday for another update on how things go.