Why are there two live traps in our backyard?
It's a long story. About a year and a half ago, a former neighbor (an alcoholic and drug user) abandoned his three cats when he moved. His girlfriend trapped one but left the other two go.
They dispersed quickly and I honestly thought they had not survived the Wisconsin winter. A couple of months ago, I saw one. . and then the other. I started putting out food. They are not friendly anymore and I could not tell their sex. I wasn't even sure the orange one was the former neighbor's.
Dumbly, I "assumed" they were fixed, but two weeks ago I saw three kittens across the alley from our backyard. Kittens in mid November in Wisconsin = bad news. My heart sank. I fretted.
I knew I had to do something. I called the local shelter, who has a TNR program, and got on the schedule. I ordered a trap from Amazon (left in the photo, much smaller than I'd anticipated, but should work for catching the kittens), and borrowed a larger one from a neighbor.
The traps are wired open with food. Each day I will move the bowls a little farther back in the traps to get them used to walking in the cage. On Saturday I will not feed, then on Sunday afternoon I will set the traps with food and hope for the best. I will monitor the traps, and if I catch a kitty, will bring him/her into our garage and cover with a blanket.
I have a "week long" appointment next week for the cats, which means I can bring them in any weekday. The kittens will be about 7-8 weeks old and have a chance to be adopted. The adults will be spayed/neutered and returned with an ear tip and a rabies shot.
Please wish me luck. I'm a bundle of emotions. I want to help these cats, but to do that, I need to catch them. I'll post updates next week.