Introduction to Trapping Cats
FCF's Trapping Assistance Program
Preparing to Trap
Trapping Pregnant Cats or Mothers with Young Kittens
Welcome to the world
of animal rescue, and thank you for choosing the humane solution
of trapping, neutering and lifetime maintenance of the abandoned,
stray or feral feline(s) in your neighborhood, workplace or local
community. Your decision to trap a cat must be synchronized with:
You will have made an appointment with a veterinarian
to have the animal tested for leukemia, neutered, and vaccinated.
(Leukemia positive cats should be euthanized.)You might also request
that the cat be checked for ear mites and that a flea treatment,
such as Advantage, be applied. You must request that dissolvable
stitches be used on females.
You will have informed the veterinarian that
you will be bringing in a feral cat (unless you know, for sure,
that it is not) and will have given its gender (if known). If
you think the cat is pregnant, you will tell the vet. If you are
unsuccessful in trapping the cat, you will advise the veterinarian's
office that you cannot keep the appointment.
You will have arrangements in place for the
animal's recovery. Males should have 3-4 days to recover from
surgery, although they can be released 24 hours after surgery.
Females must be given at least 6 and preferably 7 days to recover
before being released.
You will need to have a recovery cage. Borrow
or buy one and take it with you to the veterinarian. Ask that
the cat be placed in the cage after surgery. Or else take a pet
carrier with you and ask that the cat be placed in the carrier
You will have resolved to maintain the cat for
its lifetime after releasing it by making sure that it has enough
clean food and water every day of its life, if possible. (The
cat will be able to survive with being fed and watered 5 out of
every 7 days.) You will make arrangements for a substitute feeder
when you are on vacation or are unable to feed.