Posted 16 August 2010 - 08:48 PM
Set the traps and cover the trap floor with newspaper. You can also cover the body of the trap with newspaper or cloth. Place enticing food at the back of the trap, such as canned tuna or other human-grade foods.
Stay with the traps. If you cannot stay, don't leave them for more than 2 hours. A feral cat will panic when trapped and could hurt herself if not supervised. If you have no success, try again the next day.
Cover the trap with a towel, and transport the cat to the vet. If you can't take the cat to the vet right away, keep him in a garage, basement or other protected area.
Have the vet spay or neuter the cat and provide any vaccinations she feels are necessary. Ask about what kind of recovery time the cat will need before you can release him back into the colony.
Ask the vet to use ear tipping, or cutting off the tip of the left ear, to identify the cats as neutered feral cats. Feral cat organizations are campaigning to get universal recognition of ear tipping so fixed feral cats are returned to their caretakers and colonies instead of being euthanized.