- Line bottom of trap with newspaper (to keep paws from slipping through).
- Place trap on level ground, out of direct sun and/or rain. If it is cold outside, put a towel underneath the trap to protect cat from the cold ground.
- Use canned cat food or tuna (the smellier the better). Open & slide can into the back of the trap (past trigger plate). You can also put a small piece at the entrance of the trap to encourage them to go in.
- Make sure all other food is picked up (the cat needs a reason to go in the trap!)
- Set the trap (see images below).
- Cover trap with small blanket, leaving only the front door area uncovered. This helps keep the cats calmer while they are in the trap.
Surgery & Post-Surgery Care
- Once trapped, arrange pickup/dropoff:
a) contact your local animal control if you have already discussed pickup with them
b) or take to your local vet if you have scheduled an appointment
c) or take to Animal Allies during their designated drop-off times (confirm first)
- After surgery, leave the cat in the trap, covered with blanket, typically 24 hours if possible. Place in a safe, temperature-controlled area, to allow time for anesthesia to completely wear off. Follow the instructions provided by your vet or Animal Allies.
- Make sure cat is fully conscious & alert, and that eyes are clear, before releasing. Note: it is normal for a cat to not show up for a day or two afterwards.
IMPORTANT: Check trap often. Do not leave unattended.