Trapping for SNIP Clinic
HIYA!! SAVANNAH HERE!!!
I am one proud kitty let me tell you!! Not only did Mom L and Dad P work another SNIP (Spay Neuter Impact Program) Mom L also helped her cat trapper friend trap some of the kitties! All said, SNIP saw EIGHTY FOUR community cats come through our clinic today!! APAWS!!!
Before Mom L and Miss Lisa put out the traps, Mom L learned who the consistent feeders were. Then Mom L asked them to NOT FEED the cats for at least twenty-four hours before the traps were to be set out.
Here are just some of the things Mom L is learning about “how to safely trap a cat” and work with the residents who are feeding them.
Cat traps come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and trigger styles. SNIP clinics see all of these types of traps and many more!
Three important things to do before setting a cat trap:
- Test the trap to make sure the trigger is working.
- Make sure the trigger plate is in the UP position.
- Don’t forget to put stinky goodness cat food bait in the back of the trap, after the trigger plate (the stinkier the better!).
- Place a cover over the trap to make it dark inside. This helps the kitties feel the inside is a safe place to go.
Now where to place that cat trap? Things to remember:
- Do your homework! Get an estimate of how many cats need to be S/N and ask what they look like.
- Ask residents not to release the cats! Make sure they know you are caring cat trappers and cats will be returned once S/N
- Talk to residents to learn where the cats are being fed and where they tend to enjoy sun puddles.
- Place the traps in the areas where the cats are seen most frequently.
- Check the trap every three to four hours in daylight trapping.
- In winter make sure traps are in areas protected from rain.
- In summer be sure traps are not in direct sun.
- When trapping at night NEVER leave a trap unchecked for more than one hour—if a raccoon, skunk, opossum, etc. is caught they can kill or lame themselves trying to get free!!
I bet you would like to see a couple of the cats Mom L helped to trap and get S/N? Right?
Miss Lilac Point is now safe at our municipal animal shelter and almost ready to go up for adoption. She is so sweet and very friendly. Her intake number is 909368! You can call Contra Costa Animal Services if you wanna adopt her!
Next up is this darling very young calico girl. She was spayed to day at the SNIP clinic and will be available at Contra Costa Animal Services in a few days once she has recovered from her spay.
Dad P and Mom L transported eleven community cats from Miss Lisa’s holding area to the SNIP clinic at six AM! Even the kitties were not awake!!
There were so many wonderful cats who passed through Mom L’s intake from local rescue groups.
Mom L is watching over three sweet silver point Siamese blue eyed kittens hoping we can get them into an adoption path next week.
All in all, such a positive outcome from our first SNIP clinic of 2018!
Please let me hear from you in my comments what you think of our 2018 community cat rescue efforts so far in 2018!!
PAW PATS, SAVANNAH