TNR and Feral Cats

By definition: Wild-Untamed. A feral cat is a cat that you cannot handle. He/she may let you pet him/her when he/she is eating but you cannot pick up or hold this cat. This is a cat that needs to be live-trapped to capture.

You do not need an appointment for a feral cat, but you may only bring in 2 feral cats at a time. Surgeries are Monday through Thursday, so plan to trap the cat the in the afternoon or evening on Sunday through Wednesday. Be sure that you will be able to bring the cat to C-SNIP between 8AM and 8:30AM the next morning. If you are trapping near holidays you may wish to call C-SNIP to confirm holiday closing dates.

The cat must remain in the trap. Please do not transfer the cat to a carrier. In addition to the risk that the cat will escape, this is stressful for the cat and dangerous for you. The trap also makes it safer for both the cat and our medical staff during surgery preparation.

If you do not have the cat trapped before you go to bed, remove the trap and try again another day.

Again, feral cats must be brought to us in a live trap covered with a sheet or blanket. Please also bring a large cat carrier for each cat (minimum 14” high x 15” wide x 22” long lined with a towel) which will be used immediately following waking from surgery.

As with all other pets the fee is due at check in, cash or money order only. If you are unsure of the sex, you will be charged for a female and refunded the extra if it is actually male.

Any cat brought in a trap is deemed feral and will be ear tipped unless you specifically request no ear tipping.

Before committing yourself to trapping a cat, please scroll down to Post Operative care for Feral Cats so that you are able to prepare a place for recovery. You may also want to visit http://www.alleycat.org/Page.aspx?pid=889 for tips and information about trap neuter and return.


Post Operative care for Feral Cats

Be aware that every effort has been made to avoid handling your feral cat. They are placed into their transport carriers after surgery and kept covered to avoid frightening them needlessly. To speed up their recovery, please do not disturb or handle them any more than is absolutely necessary.

All feral cats will need a quiet, sheltered, safe place to stay while they recover from their surgery. We strongly recommend preparing their recovery space before you bring the cat home. A small tack room, garage or shed with a large covered dog crate makes an excellent recovery space. Cover the dog crate with a blanket and have a litter pan, food , and water already inside.

Place the transport carrier inside the larger crate with the door facing away from you, then open the door. Leave the carrier there for the cat to use as a hide-away during recovery. C-SNIP does have a few large dog crates you may borrow if you need one.

Male cats may be released after 24 hours, female cats after 48 hours. Please do not release cats if they are showing obvious signs of illness or weakness. Thanks for helping these cats!