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The Super Trap
The Super Trap has been invaluable in our feral cat Trap/S&N/Release program.  It is a last resort trap method because it is more work to transport, must be activated by the volunteer and is a more traumatic catch method.  But in those instances where we could not control the food source (cats feeding from dumpsters, multiple feeders, etc.) injured cats, or the cat who would just not go into a standard humane trap, it gets the job done.

Supplies to Build

Wood frame - 1" X 2" X 8'

Each panel and door is covered with 1" chicken wire (we applied with an air stapler).  Do not use wire with larger holes.  Make sure there are no exposed sharp ends!!

All joints reinforced with 4 inch L brackets

Large front door:

Two 2-1/2" hinges

Two gate latches

Small side door:

Two 1-3/4" hinges

Two 1-3/4" bolt latches

Pull stick = 1" X 2" X 3'

35 foot cord

Notes:

Trap must be placed on fairly level ground.

Make sure door is centered and will not bind on either side when closing; and that no grass, weeds, or shrubbery will interfere with closing.

Cord on pull stick can be at the top or bottom.  (If waiting in my truck, I put the cord on the top, then draw out to through my  truck window.  If I can't get my truck near, I put the cord on the bottom, draw out along the ground, and sit on a stadium cushion out of sight..

Cord must be kept taut and given a quick snap to release the pull stick.  Test to confirm stick snaps away and door shuts securely.

Place bait about six inches from the back of the trap.  Cat must be deep into the trap before door is released.

When cat is trapped, immediately secure the two gate latches on the door so it cannot be bounced open (I slide a 16 penny nail through each hole that is provided - these are the holes that if you were using these latches on a yard gate you could put a padlock through).  Make a three foot wide "blind" that you can attach to the top of the trap by the small door to obscure  your assistant.  Attach at top and roll up until cat is caught, then roll down.  (I used a piece of sheet with velcro).

Have a covered humane trap with a guillotine style back door ready.  A caught cat instinctively goes to the top of the trap.  While the cat is at the top and away from the small side door, have your assistant quickly and cautiously open the small side door and place the back of the covered trap at the door opening, holding the humane trap securely against the supertrap.  (Try to do this in one swift movement, cats are REALLY fast). 

In a few moments (that can be 5 seconds to several minutes), the cat will settle and look for a way out.  The covered, open trap at the small door is now an escape route.  When the cat enters, your assistant slides the guillotine style door closed.  Some cats need to be nudged towards the humane trap.  Stand at the end of the super trap away from the small door.  The caught cat trying to avoid you will head towards the small door.  You can also use a smooth dowel to gently prod the cat in the right direction.

Multiple cats may enter the super trap.  As long as they are all deep into the trap it will work.  Have extra humane traps ready.

 

Carol Olson
Volunteer
Valley Veterinary Clinic Charitable Non-Profit Corp.
(805)381-1957

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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