How to catch a cat
Cats are incredibly beautiful, intelligent and freedom-loving animals. Since the birth of civilizations, representatives of the cat live side by side with man. What to do if your pet ran away or did you decide to take a wild cat from the street? How to catch a cat on your own without calling experts?
Return of prodigal cats
In modern cities, most domestic cats spend all their lives in apartments. There are cases when an animal not familiar with the street falls out or jumps out of the window. Leave the cat home and through the open door. How to catch a cat if he was on the street? Try to calm down and find out the exact location of your pet. Do not seek to immediately run into the yard and try to grab the animal with your bare hands. This option of catching cats in 90% of cases is doomed to failure.
If the pet has never left the apartment, familiarity with the street is always stressful for him. Even the most calm animal will behave aggressively and may simply not recognize the owners. The trick will help bring the cat home. Be sure to wear thick clothing and protect your hands with leather gloves. To get started, try to lure the animal with food or favorite toys. To enhance the effect, you can sprinkle the litter on which the cat sleeps at home, “catnip” (sold as a spray in pet stores) and put it outside.
Do not expect the animal to go into your hands. Most likely, it will have to be missed very quickly. A good option is to wait until the cat is interested in food, and then throw a jacket or blanket on it.
We catch the cat with the help of traps from scrap materials
It is worth using radical methods only if you are confident in your abilities and you need to immediately return the animal to your home. In cats, stress passes quickly and without serious consequences. In most cases, the pets that fell out of the windows of their apartments return to their owners after a few days. But if it's too unsafe on the street, for example, there are a lot of stray animals, you should very quickly figure out how to catch a cat. Should hurry and in the event that you think that the animal must urgently show the veterinarian.
A self-made trap can be made from the net for catching fish. Hang it, securing the branches of a tree. Attach the ropes, pulling on that, you set the trap into action. Now it remains only to put the bait under the net and wait for the appearance of the animal. You can catch a runaway cat, using one more device, favorite by fishermen, - podsak. This is a large triangular shaped net. Your task is to sneak up on the animal from behind and quickly throw a net over it.
Carrying and special trap cages
If the runaway cat adequately tolerated travel in a special carrying, you are very lucky. It is enough to leave the cat crew open near the place where the animal is hiding. Put some kind of treat inside. Do not forget that cats are fast. It is better not to try to close the carrying door by yourself. Tie a rope to its handle and keep away or create an automatic closing mechanism.
For catching animals in the street there are special cells. Visually, they often resemble ordinary carrying, differ in the built-in mechanism of closing the door. Buying such a device for one-time use is expensive. Usually such traps are in shelters and veterinary clinics. Try to negotiate the rental of this device and go to catch the animal the most technologically advanced method.
Truth and Myths about Valerian
Established fact - all cats are not indifferent to valerian. You can try to use this pharmacy tool to catch an escaped animal. Get valerian spirit tincture; most cats show no interest in pills. The best option is to lubricate your own hands or clothes with the preparation and wait for the animal to come to you.
If the cat is too scared, this method will not work. Then leave the carrier or the usual cardboard box near the place where the pet is hiding. Inside, build a litter, drop a few drops on it and wait for the cat to appear. Valerian is better not to apply in places where many wild animals live. The smell will lure all, without exception, representatives of the cat family. But, having seen a large accumulation of their relatives, the domestic cat that has experienced stress is unlikely to leave the shelter.
Choose a way to catch a cat on the street, based on the nature of the animal. Remember: every unsuccessful catching attempt is a new shock for the pet.
How to catch a wild animal?
We hope that you plan to catch the "no one's" street cat only with noble thoughts. Feline representatives who grew up on the street or suffered abuse, usually do not trust people. How to catch a wild cat that does not go into the hands? For starters, watch the animals. Determine the approximate location of its habitat and try to find out if someone is feeding this cat. If a feral cat trusts at least one person, you can always try to negotiate with him and ask for help in catching the beast.
You can try to make friends with a cat, if you have decided to pick it up from the street. Start feeding the animal regularly, talk to it. Do not try to stroke or grab the cat if it does not fit itself. Be patient, and within a few days the cat will rub against your legs, and then voluntarily walk on your hands.
Is it worth catching other cats?
Usually, cats and dogs are caught on the street with two goals: to take an animal into their house or to give it medical care, and then to attach them to good hands. All these are good intentions, but what if you meet a domestic cat on the street? Do not catch such cats. Some owners let their pets go for a walk. If the animal looks scared, emaciated or injured, but it has a collar - you should act immediately. The easiest option: try to find the owners of the "loss" and tell them information about the whereabouts of the pet. In the case when the animal is calm and goes into the hands of strangers, you can take it home and only then begin the search for the owners.
Best cat bait
To attract a cat will help treat. Which is best to choose? If you catch your runaway pet, be guided by his food preferences. Universal option - finished feed. Dry feed mixtures for cats are considered more convenient to use. You will appreciate all their advantages as soon as you try to lure a cat, hiding in a secluded place. Wet canned food is more fragrant, and all sorts of cat pastes and souffles are a real delicacy. Many animal specialists have asked the question “How to catch a neighbor's cat while baiting with food?” Are advised to try to get the cat interested in canned fish.
As bait you can also use fish, seafood, meat, sausages. Be sure to chop the selected product. If you give meat or fish, pre-boil a piece and remove all the bones. It is not necessary to lure a cat with milk and dairy products. It is not known who came up with the myth of the love of cats for this product. In fact, milk is not loved by all cats. In addition, its use harms the digestive system of these animals.
What you need to know about unfamiliar animals
Be careful when catching cats on the street. An animal can scratch or bite you. Cats are carriers of various diseases, many of them are without symptoms. Be sure to show the caught animal to the vet as soon as possible. If you plan to keep a cat at home before visiting the doctor, put him in quarantine, isolating him from other animals.
If a wild cat bites, you should immediately see a specialist. Better not to touch street animals that look unhealthy. But if you want to cure such a cat, follow all the rules of hygiene and try to avoid direct contact.
The above instructions on how to trap a cat will help you. The fact that the cat can not touch the tail, we all know from childhood. Try to remember also that only kittens can be lifted by the fold of skin on the neck. Adults are not recommended.
How to catch a cat at home?
They say that cats have excellent intuition. And this is true, the majority of cats who are afraid of the road begin to hide immediately before collecting for the trip. If you regularly visit a veterinarian or travel with your pet to the cottage, you should try to teach him to travel.
Purchase a convenient carrying and put it in a prominent place. You can put inside your favorite cat litter or food. Let your tail-tapped friend sniff at this acquisition himself and make sure that inside is not scary. If the trip is not planned, but important, feel free to catch the animal and put it in a carrier or special bag. It is worth noting that it is much easier to catch a cat at home than on the street. In a small room two people can cope with this task in 5-10 minutes.
When you need the help of a specialist
Our pets sometimes climb to unexpected places. Remember one simple rule: if an animal is in an inaccessible place and cannot get out on its own, try to adequately assess the possibility of saving it on its own. A cat may climb high on a tree, fall through a vent or a manhole. In all such cases, you should not be a hero, it is better to seek professional help. A special animal catching service or a single rescue service will save your pet (if the situation is really emergency).
What to do if you need to catch an animal very quickly? Consult with your veterinarian about the possibility of using sedatives and ask to calculate the correct dosage. The medicine should be mixed into the bait treat. As soon as the animal eats, do not take your eyes off it. Try not to let the cat hide in a basement or other secluded place. Try then catch a black cat in a dark room! As soon as the drug begins to act, the reaction will slow down, and the animal will look sleepy. At this point, you can take it on your hands.