Genius, Kathryn!

From: Kathryn Hargreaves 
Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2012 5:40 PM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Unusual kitten story

Trappers around here do use kittens as ``bait.''   One way I worked out was to 
put the kittens in a closed trap/whatever with the closed end of the trap 
putting up against it.   Cover the trap except for both ends, and also the 
kitten container, and the mom will see going through the trap as the way to get 
to the kittens.   Others may do it differently, but that's the general idea.   
That way, you don't lose any kittens. 

On Sun, Oct 21, 2012 at 4:21 AM, Lorrie <> wrote:

  Hi Everyone,

  Here's a kitten story you should all enjoy. My daughter who helps
  me with rescue work and TNR, has a lot of stray cats at her house.
  There is one feral in particular she has been trying to trap for
  years. This cat produces at least 2 litters a year, and she hides
  the kittens and then brings them around when they are about 9 or
  10 weeks and as wild as their mother is.  This year she brought
  her 3 kittens earlier than usual (about 3 or 4 weeks old) and my
  daughter was able to gather them up and bring them inside to be
  socialized. BUT how to catch the mom??  She has tried a trap to
  no avail. This is one smart mom cat!  So she set up a large plastic
  storage box on the front porch where she feeds all these strays,
  and put the kittens inside. She had a large screen to put on top
  if mom cat went inside, but she had to hide, as mom cat wouldn't
  go in if she saw Karin. Well quick as a flash the mother grabbed
  one of the kittens and ran!  Karin brought the other two back in
  and the mother cat had the other kitten outside someplace for 2
  days. Karin saw no sign of the third kitten, but when the weather
  got very cold and rainy she finally saw the mom and kitten on her
  porch.  Karin opened the door to get the kitten, and the mother
  tried to grab him and run but the kitten saw Karin and ran to
  her instead!

  I think this is an amazing story. Did that kitten remember being
  inside where it was warm, or had he bonded with my daughter before
  his cat mom stole him?  All 3 kittens are now safe, and warm inside
  and learning to eat well.

  I hope you enjoyed this story and I wonder if any of you have had
  similar stories to share.

  Lorrie and 14 rescued cats and Karin with 18 rescued cats!!

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