Trapper, not keeper…

I have 2 cats and love them 95% of the time. Steve tolerates the same 2 cats. Needless to say we are not in the market for any more cats. There has been a small black cat hanging around for a while and we found out a couple of weeks ago that she had had 4 kittens, under our neighbor’s shed. This neighbor is rarely home as really does not like animals.

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Another neighbor and I tried to coax out the mama and kittens with food, water, and a lot of ‘here kitty kitty’s’. We got close, but not close enough to catch any of them. Luckily I am married to a field biologist with access to live mammal traps.

The first evening we caught 3 kittens—1 per trap. Overnight I caught another kitten—and a possum. The possum was not part of the plan. Steve had to go to work so I was in charge of releasing the possum and setting up the trap again, in hopes of catching the mama cat.

I should have taken a picture of ‘my’ possum, but I was too focused on letting it go without incident. My possum was not this cute—this one looks friendly!

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My possum looked a little more like this, less friendly. He was a little more scarred on his face as if he was a fighter. I wore gloves.

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Luckily, possums are nocturnal and he was not moving all that fast. I had to sort of shake him out of the cage. We were both relieved when that was over.

The kittens hung out for the day in the traps/cages where I gave them frequent attention. I set up the larger trap and, in a few hours, caught the mama cat (again, no picture—what was I thinking?).

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This morning we took them to the animal shelter. They are really cute and I hope they get adopted, but no matter what, the world doesn’t exactly need more feral house cats. I know that sounds harsh, but being homeless is not good for the cats, or for the birds and other animals that they snack on.

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Surely these guys will find a home. If you are local, maybe you need a kitten! Click here for the Sherman Animal Shelter info.

9 thoughts on “Trapper, not keeper…

  1. You are so nice to do that! We use “Have a Heart” traps to catch the occasional bunny that gets into our fenced yard. My hubby takes them out to the outdoor campus and sets them free.:-)

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  2. So glad you got the mama too! The birds of sherman will be much longer lived without her trying to survive on her own. Hope she can be rehabilitated & spayed, so she can have a happy life with a loving family!

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  3. My summer event with a trap yielded three possums, three cats and three with the food eaten but trap not sprung. I took the trap back at that point even though I KNOW there are more possums under the shed. Summer temps will do that to one. Will no doubt try again in November. Great work on seeing the project to completion.

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  4. Good job getting them trapped and delivered to the local animal shelter. We have 3 cats now because some evil person dumped a pregnant cat 3 years ago and she had 2 kittens under our wisteria bush. (At least we know 2 lived). We fed the starving mother, bought kitten and cat food and made sure they were given their shots and altered as soon as was possible. I did not WANT cats. I am allergic. But I could not find a shelter in our area that would take them, I had not cages to trap them and I was willing to try. Eventually I moved them into the laundry room and after time they got the run of the house. Looking back it was the right thing to do. I have to run off the strays that now venture into the back yard and use caution when I feed the cat that lives outdoors. I try to keep the possums out of her dish and her house and bedding!

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