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Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook

Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook

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The Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook. A guide to Trap-Neuter-Return for the Feral Cat Caretaker.

www.neighborhoodcats.org
The Neighborhood Cats TNR Handbook. A guide to Trap-Neuter-Return for the Feral Cat Caretaker.

www.neighborhoodcats.org

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01/23/2012

If you can lure the cat into an indoor space which has no exits except the door, there
are a couple ways to then get him into a box trap. Before drawing the cat inside, you’ll
need to arrange things in the interior space.
One method for “indoor” trapping is to simply leave a trap in the room that is baited
and set in a normal fashion, then wait it out. If the cat is trap shy, it might take two or
three days before he’ll go in. Leave water available and possibly a litter pan, but no food
outside the trap.

A faster technique takes more work. First, remove everything in the indoor space
which the cat might go hide behind or under. Then take a large board, approximately 5
feet long and at least 4 feet high, and lean it up against a wall, leaving enough space to
put a trap between the board and the wall. When the cat enters the space later, this will
be the only place for him to hide and he’ll naturally go run behind it.

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On the floor at one end of the board, place a set trap with the front door facing in
towards the “lean-to”. Cover the trap with a sheet except for the rear and use a second
sheet to block off any open space above the trap and to its side. The goal is to make it
appear to the cat that the only way out from behind the board at that end is through the
trap. They won’t know they can easily push past the sheet above the trap or to its side.
Many times, when the cat enters the space and goes behind the board, they will run
right into the trap. If they don’t, approach the board from the opposite end from the trap.
Slowly move an object on a long handle, like a broom, towards the cat. This will cause
him to run in the other direction and into the trap. If this still doesn’t work, then
withdraw, let the cat calm down and then come and try again with the broomstick.

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