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Caught our first feral!

post #1 of 22
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We set a trap for the first time tonight and within 10 minutes of setting it caught our first feral!!!! A little orange guy who've I've seen around a number of times. He's very timid and I think is definitely feral.

When we were setting the trap he was watching us cautiously, and ran away when I made eye contact with him. But at the same time, a little grey kitty was watching me and actually came towards us. This little thing wouldn't have been more then a few months old - it certainly looked smaller than our Smudge who's 6 months old.

So I think the catching part will be pretty easy at least for a little while.

This little guy gets neutered tomorrow, then will stay at the house of the other lady involved with this, then will get released on Thursday night.

So for the start of the TNR program!
post #2 of 22
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
We set a trap for the first time tonight and within 10 minutes of setting it caught our first feral!!!! A little orange guy who've I've seen around a number of times. He's very timid and I think is definitely feral.

When we were setting the trap he was watching us cautiously, and ran away when I made eye contact with him. But at the same time, a little grey kitty was watching me and actually came towards us. This little thing wouldn't have been more then a few months old - it certainly looked smaller than our Smudge who's 6 months old.

So I think the catching part will be pretty easy at least for a little while.

This little guy gets neutered tomorrow, then will stay at the house of the other lady involved with this, then will get released on Thursday night.

So for the start of the TNR program!
Congratulations!!!!

Katie
post #3 of 22
Sarah that's wonderful news!! Can you share some pictures with us!?
post #4 of 22
That's awesome! You did a great job!
post #5 of 22
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The little guy isn't with me, but I'll probably pick him up this afternoon. I'll only take photos if he's not too stressed out - last night when he was caught he was bouncing around in the cage pretty freaked out and unhappy with the whole situation.

I'll let you know!
post #6 of 22
Good job!

Have you possibility to take in and foster those who apparently are fairly easy to foster into tame homecats?

This little gray could be a candidate: him being both young and trying to approach you.
post #7 of 22
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If they're semi-socialized, the shelter will keep them to rehome.
post #8 of 22
Congrats on your little ginger catch

Well done

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So I think the catching part will be pretty easy at least for a little while.
You just tickled me when you said this.....Don't count your chickens before they
hatch Thats all I'm saying
post #9 of 22
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Congrats on your little ginger catch

Well done

You just tickled me when you said this.....Don't count your chickens before they
hatch Thats all I'm saying
I know But there is a bunch of hungry looking kittens around, so hopefully catching them will be relatively easy.

I don't think I mentioned it here, but the little guy got called Valentino because he got neutered on Valentine's Day

We're releasing little Valentino tonight so hopefully he'll tell his little kitty friends we're not that bad...
post #10 of 22
: What fabulous news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

C'mon Valentino - tell your friends it's worth it!

Laurie
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
I know But there is a bunch of hungry looking kittens around, so hopefully catching them will be relatively easy.

I don't think I mentioned it here, but the little guy got called Valentino because he got neutered on Valentine's Day

We're releasing little Valentino tonight so hopefully he'll tell his little kitty friends we're not that bad...
Aw Valentino....thats a lovely name for him

Sending lots of good luck and happy trapping vibes




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C'mon Valentino - tell your friends it's worth it!
Go tell 'em all Valentino!!
post #12 of 22
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Valentino is now free and running around with his little friends again

As well as that we got funding from work for the spay/neuter/vaccinations, so much that we'll probably have more money than we need!!!
post #13 of 22
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Valentino is now free and running around with his little friends again

As well as that we got funding from work for the spay/neuter/vaccinations, so much that we'll probably have more money than we need!!!
Oh Thats brilliant Run free Valentino and be happy

Hey thats great you might have more funding than you need ,
Do you have little shelters for them?
post #14 of 22
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What do you mean by little shelters?
post #15 of 22
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What do you mean by little shelters?
it is quite common cat rescuers uses small houses/shelters. Think of dog houses.
post #16 of 22
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Are the shelters for recovery or for where the colony is based so they have somewhere safe and warm?
post #17 of 22
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Ooooh I'm trapping tonight myself for the first time!

I have:

Trap
Food
Food container
Cardboard lining for the bottom of the trap entrance
Dark blanket for covering the trap
Tarp for the car to protect from "kitty accidents"

Anything else I've forgotten?
post #18 of 22
Well, I've suggested a flashlight - and since I don't know the area, maybe mace or something. But this was days ago. How'd it go?



Laurie
post #19 of 22
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It all went fabulous!!! It's a relatively well lit area at night, and incredibly safe. It's at my work and there's always security guards around. I was going to put some tuna and tuna juice down near the trap as well to lure her in, but forgot. It worked still

Apparently someone is trapping nearby and she's been trying to get this girl for a couple of years now! There's a big ginger tom apparently, and this tortie girl, and lots and lots of younger ginger and tortie's around thanks to them! The ginger tom has been done, and now the tortie girl has been done, so that's fantastic!
post #20 of 22
Oh Sarah - what wonderful, wonderful news!

You are doing SO well. I'm just beaming for you - and the kitties.

AND you caught the elusive Tortie! You GO girl! (And potentially "girls," right? )

Laurie
post #21 of 22
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I caught number 2 tonight (number 4 in total for the "program"). There was 2 grey tabbies running around, but they were hanging near the food station hoping it would magically refill rather than near the trap (which was near the feeding station). So I went back up to my desk to get my second trap to put in a different spot (I'm trapping in my work carpark area), and just as I got near the first trap I heard the "SNAP" of the cage

It's a small grey tabby, probably from a litter mid-late last year. I can't tell if it's a boy or a girl yet - I'm not too keen to have a close look

It was batting at my shoe from the cage, and was nowhere near as feisty as the last one! Definitely scared as you'd expect, but generally pretty calm.

This little one will go in tomorrow to get done.
post #22 of 22
Great news Sarah.......these babies hopefully will appreciate what your doing for them!


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Originally Posted by sarahp View Post
I caught number 2 tonight (number 4 in total for the "program"). There was 2 grey tabbies running around, but they were hanging near the food station hoping it would magically refill rather than near the trap (which was near the feeding station). So I went back up to my desk to get my second trap to put in a different spot (I'm trapping in my work carpark area), and just as I got near the first trap I heard the "SNAP" of the cage

It's a small grey tabby, probably from a litter mid-late last year. I can't tell if it's a boy or a girl yet - I'm not too keen to have a close look

It was batting at my shoe from the cage, and was nowhere near as feisty as the last one! Definitely scared as you'd expect, but generally pretty calm.

This little one will go in tomorrow to get done.
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