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Trying to catch 3 stray kittens.

post #1 of 8
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My neighborhood has been known for it's roaming stray cats. But it's been a few years since i've seen a mother with children in tail running here and there. but tonight i noticed there are stray kittens once more. But after living here for 4 years now i realized that people cruely do not want these cats. I can't say i'm all about the stray cats, they can piss me off sometimes, but i'm not all about cruelty to animals and capturing/ giving to shelters that will kill them.

So i anyway, i noticed 3 kittens in the neighbors front yard just chillaxin in the grass at night. Knowing she is the LAST person whose lawn they need to be laying in i tried to coax them into my yard. I wasn't sure what cats would want to eat, so i tried milk...perhaps my stereotype mind had the right answer. Wanting milk would never over come the fear of me shuffling nearer. So they ran. I eventually just left the bowl where they were laying, then watched them drink in a few moments. When they were done with it i went to get the bowl. They were a BIT more hesitant to run this time, but still fled.

I was just wondering what ways i might have of luring and catching these kittens. I haven't seen the mother around. I know my aunt would take them, and i probably would keep the jet black one, he looks bad ass .

Hope someone can help.
post #2 of 8
Other people who are experts will give you more advice, but in the meantime can I just ask you not to give cow's milk to these kitties - it could badly upset their stomachs as cats are lactose intolerant. Give them kitty milk replacer from the local store (KMR) or goats milk (usually obtainable in cans or cartons. Thank you for trying to help these cats, and good luck with doing something positive for them!
post #3 of 8
Hi there and welcome to The Cat Site

My husband and I caught our Tiger and it took us three days to catch her but boy are we ever glad we did. It was last November and it was snowing and so very cold. We enticed her with food and water which she greedily ate and drank.....but when we tried to approach her, she ran. We took out our other cat's toys and played with her and she got to know our voices, etc. She would run away and come back the next night at 7 p.m., like clockwork. Well, on the third night my husband brought out the cage that we took our cats to Colorado in. It's a steel cage and big enough to house some food and water. I put the food dish inside the cage and left it on the porch. Little Tiger jetted in there after looking suspiciously at us for a few moments and when she did I ran up and closed the hatch! She was mad but we caught her and now she is the happiest healthiest kitty in the world! We love her so much and so do our other three kitties.

I wish you luck in your venture! You may just want to play with them and be around them more and more. Evenutally they will get used to us...then try the cage technique. It may just work!
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by Sdime515
My neighborhood has been known for it's roaming stray cats. But it's been a few years since i've seen a mother with children in tail running here and there. but tonight i noticed there are stray kittens once more. But after living here for 4 years now i realized that people cruely do not want these cats. I can't say i'm all about the stray cats, they can piss me off sometimes, but i'm not all about cruelty to animals and capturing/ giving to shelters that will kill them.

So i anyway, i noticed 3 kittens in the neighbors front yard just chillaxin in the grass at night. Knowing she is the LAST person whose lawn they need to be laying in i tried to coax them into my yard. I wasn't sure what cats would want to eat, so i tried milk...perhaps my stereotype mind had the right answer. Wanting milk would never over come the fear of me shuffling nearer. So they ran. I eventually just left the bowl where they were laying, then watched them drink in a few moments. When they were done with it i went to get the bowl. They were a BIT more hesitant to run this time, but still fled.

I was just wondering what ways i might have of luring and catching these kittens. I haven't seen the mother around. I know my aunt would take them, and i probably would keep the jet black one, he looks bad ass .

Hope someone can help.
I would suggest you try contacting a TNR group in Pennsylvania who could lend you a humane trap:

http://www.alleycat.org/orgs.html#pa

Katie
post #5 of 8
Any update on the kitten-catching?? That jet black kitty would prob. make an awesome cat! My jet black kitty is a real little tornado! She survived for months on her own at the rest area about 100 miles south of here; it took me several trips through before I was in a situation where I could pick her up. She is such a great hunter now!! and so loyal and loving....
post #6 of 8
Hi! If the kittens are just a little bit scared feeding them for a while should do it but if they are ferel kittens you should get a live trap. Put some food in it, raw meat works best and you should can't them. I did that this spring. Let us know how it's going. Good luck! Good Bye!
post #7 of 8
I recently managed to catch 4 stray kittens, their mother and father. To catch the kittens I placed a large dog crate near the nest, with a security camera inside along with some food. I then tied a string to the door, so I could shut it quickly. I managed to catch all the kittens using that "method". . For the mother, since she was much quicker, I borrowed a Havahart trap from my local vet, and managed to catch her. It was pretty tricky though. I had to set the babies in another crate next to my house with the trap on the other side, with some food in it. Finally after hours she went it and we caught her. The other stray, the father, I just grabbed him and put him in a crate because for a stray tom he is very friendly and he even tries to come in the house sometimes. If your looking for a trap you can buy one or borrow one probably. www. havahart.com has lots of traps that are safe and humane. Hope that helps. Tuna works good to lure them in because it has a strong smell.
post #8 of 8
Your local animal shelter generally has a safe trap you can use. Ask them about a kitten trap. Try kippered herring for the bait or sardines.
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