I need some expert trapping advice. I am trying to catch Layla, a stray semi-feral cat...she has been trapped twice before (once for spaying, and a second time by accident while trying to trap another cat).
I need to trap her this time because Tuesday of next week she will be going to a foster home, and in December she will be going to a rescue that will socialize her and hopefully adopt her out eventually.
Her vet appointment to be FelV/FIV tested, vaccinated, and dewormed is this Saturday. So I do have a deadline.
I figured it would be more difficult to trap her a third time, so I got a trap tonight (Wednesday). I tied the door up and put food in the back of the trap for her...she wouldn't touch it. So I went out and put some food more towards the front of the trap (a few inches in) and she did end up eating that, but she still didn't touch the food in the back. Since that is where the catch plate is to release the door when I'm trying to trap her, I'm thinking it's going to be difficult to get her this time.
So I need suggestions. Anything will help...I have Thursday night and Friday night to try to catch her before her vet appointment, and if I can't catch her by then I'll have up till Sunday night to try to trap her.
I don't know what else to do. I tried covering the food end with a sheet, and she just ended up pulling it off to try to get to the food from the outside (or it might have blown off).
Thank you in advance for any suggestions you can give!