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Need to catch that elusive stray cat?

“They seek him here. They seek him there. Those Trappers seek him everywhere. Is he hiding in the bushes? Or is he hiding the barn? That damned, elusive, crafty cat. “

(Sorry couldn’t resist mangling that famous quote from The Scarlet Pimpernel)

You need to put in the ground work!

Give the stray cat an identity “Percy”. People will relate to his plight more.

Make some leaflets “Operation Percy” try and include a photo. Tell the neighbours what you are trying to do, enlist their help. Who doesn’t love the thought of playing detective!

Some strays, especially unneutered males have quite a large territory, so they may only appear in your garden every few days or more. He may be doing his rounds!

Ask neighbours if they have seen him, ask them to keep notes of days and times he appears, do they feed him?

Try and build up a map of his route and days and times he appears – there may well be a pattern to his movements.

This information will help you to catch the cat. You will be able to put the Trap in the best possible location and have it set up ready for his arrival. Food can be withheld by anyone who feeds him regularly on his route so he will be hungry and tempted by the tasty morsels awaiting him in the Trap.

Any owned neighbourhood cats can be kept indoors so they don’t trigger the Trap.

Well you need to think about the potential consequences of this crisis, now and in the future. What if people become ill and there’s no one to look after their cats?

Well you need to think about the potential consequences of this crisis, now and in the future.

What if people become ill and there’s no one to look after their cats?

Will the cats end up as strays?

What if people have been made unemployed or laid off and can’t afford to feed their families, let alone their cats?

Will the cats end up as strays?

So potentially, there could be a LOT of hungry stray cats out there which could have a detrimental effect on the wildlife.

Also, cat mating season is generally from March to September.

What if people can’t afford to get their cats neutered?

Increase in stray cat population + increase in unneutered cats = problems FOR their food supply chain of prey.

In a weird kind of twisted logic, if people who hate cats and love wildlife can help vulnerable people and their cats then it is a win-win situation for ALL!

Spare a thought for all those cats who are in a state of bewilderment.

Believe it or not, some cats actually like it when their humans are out all day. Their peace has now been shattered and they may have to resort to the nearest hedge or cupboard for a bit of peace and quiet. At least the weather is getting warmer!

I can just imagine what the conversation between the cats would be – maybe this would be a good idea for a Story Competition!

Seriously though, if you think your cat may be getting stressed by too much noise or too much attention (yes, I know it’s difficult but leave the cat alone!) then maybe make a few changes now before problems start to appear.

For any Cat Behaviourists out there, this topic would make a very good article or Q&A section!

"Advice From a Cat Shrink!"