Whatever the reason for which you want to catch a cat, it is essential to take certain precautions and chiefly to take your time. Stray cats are numerous in some cities and regions; hence the need sometimes to catch them.
How do you catch a wild cat? Here are some tips and advice to quickly capture the feral cat that roams around the house.
1. Where to start to catch a wild cat?
Contrary to what many may think it is not always easy, I would even say that it is challenging to catch a wild cat. So if you want to keep them away from the garden and your house instead, you may need to think more about buying an outdoor cat repellent.
A cat who is stray, wild, and who is used to being completely free will not be approached quickly and will not be fooled by a simple trap set up near the house.
Attract stray cats with food
The first thing to do is to attract cats with cat food. If you do not want to use a capture cage, then you will have to be that much more patient to catch the wild animal successfully.
It is essential not to try to hug the animal or even make sudden movements because the cat can quickly become uncontrollable, and you may also risk injury.
So take your time and attract him with cat food that you drop closer and closer to you. As long as the cat does not show signs of affection towards you, avoid trying to catch it. You have to remain calm and patient, no need to hurry. After a few hours or a few days, the stray cat should be approached more efficiently, and you can try to grab it gently.
2. A cage to capture a stray cat
For the operation to be truly effective, it is crucial to purchase a quality, robust, and efficient capture trap for small wild animals.
It is vital to choose a capture trap with 2 openings at each end. Just place bait in the middle of the cage where indicated so that the doors close once the cat or other wild animal is inside.
As bait, you can place cat food in cane or even better sardines. Usually, it only takes a few hours to capture a cat with this type of bait and cage.
3. What to do with the stray animal once caught?
If you have succeeded in catching the cat or other stray animals, you can directly contact the Society for the Protection of Animals in your region. Whether in France or Quebec, the SPA is there to help and guide you in this process. You can also consult the list of all the shelters and pounds in your territory.
4. Spaying stray cats are essential!
The real problem with stray cats is that they are not sterilized, in the end, for the vast majority. Depending on the region and country where you live, only 2 to 5% of stray cats living outdoors are sterilized… Can you imagine the long-term problem of all these unsterilized cats?
A single unsterilized wild cat in the wild can become after only 4 years the patriarch of a family of more than 20,000 cats… Yes, yes, 20K cats!
5. Some tips for approaching and adopting a stray cat
To finish, I offer you some tips, tricks, and advice to succeed in approaching and possibly catching this wild animal. But be careful, you have to go carefully and be patient.
- Never attempt to vigorously grab or chase a feral cat as you risk bites and scratches.
- Young cats are much easier to approach than older cats.
- It is essential to remain calm and be patient with the cat as it may run away.
- Just sitting down and staying calm will give the cat confidence.
- Always stay a reasonable distance from the cat so that it is the cat who approaches you first.
- Talk to him calmly or better meow like the cat. It may seem like a curious trick, but it gives the cat confidence.
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