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TNR is a humane service performed by caring citizens to help reduce the severe overpopulation of feral and stray cats. Cats are live trapped, taken to an accredited TNR facility where they are fixed, vaccinated, and ear tipped on the left ear. You can make a difference in your community by taking part in TNR!
A live trap will be needed to capture hard to catch cats. Any large live trap will do, however the Tru Catch Live Traps are our favorite, because they have a door on each end. Two door traps make caring for your TNR cat much easier. If you have small uncatchable kittens, a smaller trap can be purchased, or your larger trap can be rigged to make it easier to catch the babies.
Place your stinky food of choice into a safe small bowl at the back of the live trap, behind the trigger plate. If you do not have a small bowl that fits, you can use a paper plate cut in half. NEVER feed out of an open can, cats and kittens can cut their tongues as well as get stuck in the cans. Make a trail of food (or tuna oil) from the front of the trap, all the way into the trap. The stinkier the food the better. You want the cat to be hungry before setting up the live trap. A cat that has food readily available, or has just had a meal, is less likely to go into the live trap. Trap Training is recommended if time allows. Open one door to the live trap and use a zip tie to secure it open. Place the cats food in the trap, and let the cat eat out of the trap for a few days. After the cat is comfortable going in and out of the live trap, you can pick a day to cut the zip tie and set the trap properly for capture.
You should have an old sheet, towel, or blanket readily available to cover the live trap with immediately once the cat is caught in the trap. Covering the live trap helps to keep the kitty as calm as possible.
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