My name is Kathryn and I am volunteering at a pumpkin patch in Portland. There are many kittens running around the barn, all of whom are very shy. We found one kitten that died (we believe due to lack of nourishment(. We caught one of the smallest ones and found a home for it… However there are still many others that we have been unable to catch…we believe that if we do not rescue them they will die. Do you have any tips on catching them and getting them healthy? Thanks a bunch, anything would be greatly appreciated. - Kathryn
You are a good person for doing what you are doing for these little guys. Here are some notes for helping you catch them.
First, ideally your local animal care center will be able to lend you a humane trapthat you can bait with tuna or tuna-flavored kitten food. Humane traps have a door on one end, which is lifted and set with a small catch. The door is connected to a flat trip-plate at the base of the trap. These trip-plates are set at the back of the trap so that the kittens do not get their tails caught when the door shuts. You want to cover the trap with a large towel or blanket to camouflage it lest the metal give you away!
Set a small plate of the smelly food inside and line the trap with newspaper. The door will shut as soon as a paw hits the trip plate.
What you will need:
Now about grabbing them all at once. My suggestion is for you to take those that you can. Simba
update: Thanks for the advice. We were unable to find a humane trap so we baited a standard cat carrier with tuna instead. It worked like a charm in getting our kittens attention. The day before taking them we set the carrier out near their food dishes so they would get used to it. It seemed to work!
Well done! Simba
My husband and I live in Abu Dhabi.
The problem is that there are a lot of cats around so we want to get our guys and gal fixed. The mother still nurses the kittens occasionally, but they are also eating out of the food dishes we put out for them.
Is it too early to have them neutered and spayed? Even if they are old enough we are worried about Pippen since she weighs barely over 1 pound. Would it be best to catch the whole family at once? We cannot see momma cat letting us take her kittens away without complaining. Steve and Jaimie
Dear Steve and Jaime,
How wonderful you are caring for the family! At 8-weeks-old it is a little early but if your vet says it is ok go and do it. Now for catching them, see the tips above. Good luck and keep me posted! - Simba
update: Thanks for the advice. We were unable to find a humane trap so we baited a standard cat carrier with tuna instead. It worked like a charm in getting our kittens attention. The day before taking them we set the carrier out near their food dishes so they would get used to it. It seemed to work, although we got just Momma and one male. The cats in the carrier were fine. It was the kittens left behind that are distrustful now even though their Momma and brother are back safe and sound.