Posted by: Natasha | 2008/01/30

Stray Kitten

Hi all !!
How does one catch a stray kitten ?
I am very upset at the moment. I was told about a stray kitten in the yard of my work. I spent most of this morning looking for it. I eventually found it, but can't catch it. I lay a trail of pellets to try and coax it out. It was under a big pile of wooden crates. I eventually phoned the Animal Anti Cruelty League, and they sent out a guy to try help me catch it. He came with a trap and a packet of food. We found the kitten, but it ran away from us. The guy said that it is too small to activate the trap, so it will be pointless to set it up. He said that maybe I could try bringing food to work and leaving it out for the kitty, but that it might attract other kitties.
What do I do ???
I can't work sitting here knowing about this little thing hiding under all the cars etc. We also have a tow truck company that rents premises from us and they have damaged cars comming in and out all the time, so I am scared about it getting hurt.
Life sucks !!!
My husband says it is just part of life so I must forget about it, but how is that possible !!!

Any suggestions ????

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Posted by: Sheryl | 2008/01/30

Hi Natasha

You can use the trap to catch a kitten - I would say that if it is
big enough to run away from you, then it can activate the
cage. I've caught kittens a couple of times. You need to attach a
very fine plastic bag to the metal rod at the top of the
cage - you do this with a peg. Put very strong smelling food (lucky pet works well) in the bag and put some holes in the
bag so that the smell is strong. If the kitten just moves the
bag with its paw, it should trigger the cage to close.
I would suggest you borrow the cage and set
it up early in the morning at your work - keep checking
and take the plastic bag away as soon as you catch the
kitten to stop it from chewing on it. Cover the back of the cage
with a blanket and secure the back of the cage to the sides with
string or cable ties. I lost a cat once after trapping because I
forgot to do this and it escaped again.
It may take a day or even a week or longer but don't
give up - just set the up the cage every morning and
update us on how it's going. Lucky kitten to have you
working there.

Good Luck

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