I caught another cat last night, a female who recently had a litter and is probably pregnant again. Everything was going right: She walked into the trap just before I went to bed, I had a spay appointment set up in advance, and I had even gotten ahold of a large dog crate to replace the cramped one I was using before. The drawback with a jumbo dog crate is that it has a jumbo-sized door opening, which made me a little nervous, especially since I have to keep it outdoors. But I'm always very careful, and all the cats we've had previously have been relatively docile once captured, so I thought it would be OK.
She was fine last night. This morning I carefully opened the door to slide in a food bowl and -- BAM! There was a cat-shaped blur followed by a trail of airborne cat food. I have very fast reflexes. She got by me like I wasn't even there.
I feel so stupid and angry at myself for letting it happen.
I doubt she'll fall into the same trap twice, so I don't know what will happen to her now.
There's no sense crying over spilled milk, I guess. I have other cats to catch. All I can do is keep putting the trap out and collect who I can. Maybe in a few weeks or months, she'll forget what happened or get hungry enough to try again.
And I guess I need to go back to using the small dog crate.