One of the major challenges that any community faces is that from feral cats. Feral cats are those cats that never had a contact with humans and hence, unlike their domestic counterparts, they are untamed, at times wild and ferocious towards humans. At the same time, as these are untamed there are no birth control measures in place for these cats. They tend to reproduce at a higher rate thereby increasing the number of feral cats manifold. It is hence, required that these cats are trapped using cat traps after seeking permissions from relevant authorities, being neutered and then returned back to the community.
The Different Types of Traps
There are various types of cat traps available in the market today. The most commonly used ones being the spring door cat trap, the Super trap and the standard fox trap meant to trap the stray cats which are not only big but also ferocious in nature. Depending on certain factors these different types of traps are put to use for the purpose of trapping feral, stray as well as domestic cats.
Spring door cat trap is the most commonly used form of the trap as it allows ease of placing the bait or removing the cat once it is trapped. Working on the simple principle of foot pedal mechanism, these traps are ideal for catching cats by means of bait. The bait is usually placed at the far end of the trap and as the cat enters the trap to eat the bait, it steps on the foot paddle that closes the spring door behind the cat, thereby entrapping it within the cage of the trap.
The Super cat trap works on the similar principle as that of a spring door cat trap, the only difference being that these are large sized cages that can accommodate cats of fairly large sizes.
Tips for Trapping
There are certain guidelines that need to be followed while setting a cat trap so that the trapped animal does not face any sort of inconvenience. The trap is to be placed in an area where it is not exposed to direct sunlight or rains as these could cause inconvenience to the trapped animal. The traps should be placed in areas, which are most frequently visited by the cats. If you place a cat trap at one corner of the courtyard or room, then chances are very high that the animal will not even go anywhere close to it and hence it will not get trapped no matter how lucrative a bait is used.
When it comes to selecting food for the bait, it is recommended that smelly food is used so that it lures the cat towards the trap very easily. Canned mackerel is found to be extremely useful as a bait material.
The cat traps that are available on the market are usually made of strong metal wires that give them the rigidity and anti-collapsible features. This ensures that the trapped animal is not hurt by any means. The intention to trap the cat is not to hurt it, but to catch it for its own well being.