This is a run-through of what TNR (trap, neuter, return) is and some basic trapping info and different trap devices. It also tells you, in a simplified way, how to set up your TNR trapping process. To get more in-depth information and instructions, go to the TRAPPING section of the website: –> How To Trap
I do not use paper plates because they sometimes keep the plate from triggering the plate. I use some small cups that I make from the bottom of water bottles. Your recovery area needs to be temperature controlled if you have very cold or very warm weather.
We never let the cat out of the trap, unlike what is shown on this video shows. Cats are only comfortable in their own communities. Any release of them, in a different place, puts their long term success at jeopardy. I try to use a combination of pee pads for the cats. When I first get them trapped, I use them below the cage. Once they are moved to a holding area, I try to get one inside the trap, cleaning any poop from the bottom of the trap first (this is usually done from the bottom of the trap without opening it). Since we set up a set number of appointments that need to be filled, I often trap a day or even two ahead of time. Which means they need to be housed and cared for longer.
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