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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-11-2010, 03:03 AM Thread Starter
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Just caught my first stray cat of the season. My housemate had reported seeing a scrawny black kitty a few days ago, so I set out some food (I hadn't until I had a sign there was a cat, since my only TNR I was caring for lost his life to a car this winter, poor boy). Earlier this evening, I set up a trap with some smelly tuna, knowing it would likely tempt her out.

It worked, she was hungry. I always feel bad for how terrified trapped cats are, but I whisked her into the basement and covered the trap with a sheet after I got a closer look at her. She is so petite. Wasn't as vicious as other trapped cats, so maybe once she calms down, she will be a candidate for adoption! I always have my crossables crossed, because the Wisconsin Humane Society has been really good about making sure any TNR cats are adoptable or not. They'd rather have a cat in their adoption program than on the street, even if they were sterilized.

I've named her Sneak (I name all my TNR kitties on their paperwork when I bring them in for the spay/neuter). The cool thing, is that if they are put in the adoption program, the cats keep the name, so I know to look out for it. Since she was being all sneaky before she was caught, it fits her.
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YAY! I haven't seen any cats around our property for quite a while. Good job to you and your first TNR of the year.
Little Sneak doesn't know how much her luck has just changed.



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She is definitely a lucky girl! I am hopeful for her getting kept for adoption, since she is much more calm this morning. About to head out for her date with a humane society vet, haha.

I am so glad I was up when she was first caught last night, it is pouring. Since I didn't know it was going to rain, I didn't set up a tarp over the trap, just a sheet. Poor girl would be soaked and even more miserable by now.

Edit: She was kept for adoption! Yaaay! They told me she was really stressed and hiding in her litterbox when I went to pickup my trap, but hopefully good food, caring volunteers, and some helpful feliway will help warm her up
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Wow! Sounds like a wonderful update!



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I'm so pleased, and I know you must be thrilled, Stacykins! Thank you for your caring deeds!




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Good job! How old do you think this cat or kitten is? Did the vet tell you the age? Do you volunteer at the HS? How exciting for you!
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They estimated she was about a year old, not very old. I don't volunteer there, just TNR for them.

I am almost certain another cat is out there, because I think I glimpsed him or her slinking behind our shed. I put out another trap tonight, but only succeeded in catching a very angry possum, who I sent on its merry way with the help of a housemate. What I saw earlier was definitely more catlike, not the low shuffling of a possum.
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Wow never caught a possum. Do they get as angry as raccoons? Or just shuffle on when you release them? Hope you catch the elusive kitty soon.
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Well, the possum was very hissy/growly until the door was opened, then it took off thankfully. I know raccoons will sometimes stand their ground when released! I had a swiffer sweeper in case the possum needed to be kept at bay, in case it did get all rawry at me!
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And the Swiffer Sweeper would have come in handy if the possum was dusty!

I hope the cat decides to cooperate!




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