|Purred: Sun Apr 22, '07 8:19pm PST |
|Hi, Felix’s mom here. I need some advice from those of you who have experience trapping feral cats.
My mother has had a feral mother cat (“Mama Cat”) hanging around her house for about 2-3 years now. My mother has fed her and provided shelter for her and has attempted, unsuccessfully, to gain her trust enough to catch her in order to get her to a vet to get spayed. But even after all this time, Mama Cat is still extremely wary of humans and no one, not even my mom, can touch her (she will rub on mom’s legs when she takes food out to her, but if she tries to touch her, Mama Cat shies away). She is a smart, incredibly resilient cat. Mom has borrowed a humane trap at least a couple of times to try to catch her, but she won’t go in (the only animals that get caught in the trap are possums).
Needless to say, Mama Cat has had a few litters of kittens during this time, thanks to a couple of feral males that roam the neighborhood and that are also difficult to catch. My mom has usually been able to tame the kittens (those that survive) enough to catch them and take them to the nearest shelter when they have been old enough.
My mom is at her wit’s end. She loves animals, but she is 80 years old and this situation is taking a toll on her. She lives in a small town (near Waco, TX) and so far cannot find anyone to help her with this. The local animal control has lent her the traps, but they don’t seem to have a lot of interest in bringing the local feral cat population under control and have been of limited help.
Does anyone have any tips for trapping a smart feral cat like Mama Cat, or know anyone in the Waco, TX area who might be able to help my Mom? I will pass along to her any advice you have. Thank you in advance! Sorry this is so long.
|my posts | my page | msg me | my family's posts | gift me | become friends|| [notify]|