I doubt I'll re-trap the cats I already speutered, LOL. The tom will leave the feeding station if he sees me looking out the window
. I hardly ever see him. The other 2 (1 boy, 1 girl) were the mama cat's babies. She had 4 last fall; the little boy I wasn't able to catch has already been chased off by the resident toms
, and the other female seems to take after her mother when it comes to trap savviness. There are several tomcats, and 2 older kittens that are not the mama cat's babies. I don't know where they came from.
Will the crate and rope trick really work? I'm not sure I could hold enough tension on the rope to keep them from escaping. They get really carried away when they're scared. I could try it though.
Is a "box trap" a Havahart? If so, that's what I've been using. Just a plain ol' raccoon-sized drop trap. If it's different, I'll ask around. There is a local cat rescue that I could contact. Unfortunately, they can't help with the price. I did contact a low-cost s/n clinic a couple hundred miles away....long trip, but worth it if I can catch more than 3 of them.
|She makes a slurry of mashed up Sardines, Jack Mackeral. Spreads it evenly from front to back of trap on to the news paper lining the trap, and puts a larger amt at the back
Thanks! I'm definitely going to try that! The mama cat doesn't sem tempted by anything I've tried, and she won't even eat canned food when I put it out. She just wants dry food. Hopefully I can find something she wants.
I'm sure I'd have more success if I took the food away for a couple days, but if I do that, they go into my fenced yard to look for dog food. Although my dogs are OK with the housecats, I don't trust them not to hurt the outdoor cats. And if the cats can't find any dog food, they get into the neighbors' garbage, and then they'll get mad. So I don't think that's really an option.
I'll keep you posted on my success!