I fricked up. There's a feral cat that has been living on my property for months.

I fricked up.

There's a feral cat that has been living on my property for months. Fights with my cat and even bit a hole through his ear, kills a ton of birds, including one of my beloved cardinals. Want it gone.

So I bought a trap. I put the trap out. I put catnip in the trap, leading into it and a big plate of it behind the trap plate. Not 2 hours later the cat was in the trap. Such good luck, huh? First try.

He looked at me from in the trap silently. Looked scared but didn't make a sound, no growl or hiss. Definitely feral, just like a wild animal. Maybe still a little high off the catnip.

So I picked it up and start bringing it to my car. The idea was to drive him 20+ miles away and ditch him in an urban area. Maybe he'll find some feral friends there. At least stop being my problem.

And he starts flailing around in the trap and pushed open the door and ran out of it. Ran into the back yard and under my shed.

Frick.

I doubt that's going to work again. You think if I wait like 2 weeks and put it in a different location he might fall for it again? Maybe if I disguise it with some leaves and sticks?

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  1. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Spray them with the hose and yell at them while they’re in the cage and they’ll run easily more than 20 miles

  2. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    cats have a decent long term memory so waiting isnt going to do shit. What you've got to do is deploy the trap but jam the door open with a stick or something, then bait it with food every night for a week or two, then one day remove the stick jamming the door open. repeated "oh there's food in here and nothing happened" experiences will overwrite the trap one, and you're gold.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      oh yeah, also see if you have a TNR program in your area. he wont be able to hold his territory without his balls.

  3. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Best way to deal with these feral tomcats is a pellet gun.
    Cheers, Dick.
    Sent from my Iphone through tapatalk.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Good post

  4. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    you buy a .22 and put that varmint down
    none of this trap horse nonsense

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Fights with my cat and even bit a hole through his ear, kills a ton of birds, including one of my beloved cardinals. Want it gone.
      sadly, the other posters are right it's gotta go. trapping was a long shot and prob what I would have tried too, but I agree with you I doubt it's going to work again even if it would have worked at all.

      >you buy a .22 and put that varmint down
      I think this is the move. If I EVER saw a cat with one of my birds in its mouth I would be reaching for the .22 or pellet gun. Don't like it then keep your cats on your own property, but if you think I'm going to sit around with just my dick in my hand while your kitty comes on my property and feasts on my little bird friends you're about to become a former cat owner.

      Whatever neighbor is the cat's owner is welcome to come over bang on my door and get in my face about it too, if he's not a quick learner.

  5. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    remember to cover the fricking cage when you move it you dolt, you're not suppose to be looking at him

  6. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Why didn't you shoot it when it was in the trap? It would've run back the 20 miles in like 3 days time

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      How would it know which way to go if I drove it there? Also it would probably rather be in a city with other feral cats already around. It's alone.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Cats and dogs have magnetoception. They don't truly get lost, like longing former dog owners sumrise. They can find their way back home across hundreds of miles granted they actually want to go there.
        https://abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2012/09/dog-makes-500-mile-journey-home

        It takes some outside intervention or unusual tragedy to keep animals that want to return home from doing so

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          That’s bullshit
          Knowing your cardinal direction doesn’t mean you know precisely where you are relative to any specific location. Even if the cat remembered what direction it traveled in, it wouldn’t be able to precisely determine how far it went, or which precise direction it needs to travel to get back

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            Cats are known to run back to their old homes when their owner moves away with them or gives them away. There are cases of cats running more than a 100 miles. They are more bound to their territory than to any person.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            >NO WAY MAGNETOCEPTION WORKS HOW CAN THEY JUST KNOW WHERE THEY ARE AND HOW FAR THEY'VE GONE
            Congratulations on achieving lovecraft level one: Going insane because you can't comprehend the senses and experience of another lifeform.

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              I wonder if putting a strong magnet on the cage in transit would do anything.

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              I’m gonna airdrop you in a random forest and give you a compass. Hope you can find your way back anon

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              What is with this boards obsession with Lovecraft

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            Not sure how but it’s true - they do somehow find their way back. We lost our cat during a cross-country and it turned out he just went home.

  7. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    You have no choice now but to adopt him, bring him inside your house anon

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      This. He outsmarted you and outplayed you. He earned the right to stay in your abode.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I would but he's completely feral and afraid of humans. Probably can't be domesticated at this point, it's an adult.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        He can always be domesticated, just takes some time and a lot of tuna

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Dude, he's your cat now. Your responsibility. Inside or outside, feed your fren, talk to him, give him treats. He will eat a whole lot less birds (as in zero) if he has a reliable food source. Remember to put lots of fresh water out daily next to the food. Water is important. The birds and skunks will clean up anything he doesn't eat. My local circus of jays gets really excited when there's catfood leftover for breakfast.

        > t. sucker

  8. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >20+ miles
    Try 120

    What matters is the shape and size of the cage.
    Make it much bigger and the cat won't realize it serves the same purpose.
    Hide a smaller trap inside the big trap with food in it, he'll get hubgry after being trapped two days in the big trap and will go into the small trap.

  9. 3 months ago
    elipo

    kill it with poisonned food, simple as

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Yeah, poison is a great option when you have another cat you don't want rid of.
      moron.

      • 3 months ago
        elipo

        you fricking dumb mangoose, simply keep your cat inside for the time being, clealry you've never dealt with annoying pest before other than maybe the fleas on your dirty ass

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          You're right about me not dealing with stray cats.
          I feed them.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Can you even buy poison that will kill a cat? Rat poison doesn't even work anymore.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Don’t do this. It will get sick, go away somewhere to hide and die. Other animals will eat the cat and poison.

  10. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Wait 2 weeks and try a different bait. If that does not work you may have to try a different sort of cage or get someone out to deal with it. If you can't cage him and he distrusts you for trying to get him last time your best bet won't be with non-lethal anymore, but thats the worse case scenario. Try different bait along with cage placement and try again.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I was pretty set on using catnip as the bait because I have skunks that visit every night and I didn't want to trap one and get sprayed. But I can bring the trap in at night which would avoid that since the skunks don't come out during the day but the cat does.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        I never thought about the logistics of catching a skunk in one of those traps, sounds like a hilarious situation honestly.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          i always assumed there was some way to open these from a distance with a rope or something

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          I'd just spray the shit out of the trap with a hose hoping it turns over and opens or something.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          I've actually had to do this once. Tried to use a long branch to hold the door open. Skunk was almost out when it slipped and banged shut in it's face. Tried to do this few more times but by then I'd scared it enough it wouldn't come out. I even tried to lift and shake it with the branch but it was so freaked out it was trying to back through the other end of the cage. Finally did what t I should have in the first place, went up carefully and propped the door open and left it till it went out.

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          You can cover it in a trash bag with the opening facing away from you and then use a fishing rod to move the cage around

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        he night go for catnip again thinking its worth the buzz if he can manage to get out again

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