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 8:30AM and 8:45AM the next morning. If you are trapping near holidays you may wish to call C-SNIP to confirm holiday closing dates.Ear-tipped-cat w logo

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.

As with all other pets the $40 fee is due at check in, cash or money order only.

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 Alley Cat Allies for tips and information about trap neuter and return.

Post Operative Care for Community Cats

Be aware that every effort has been made to avoid handling your feral cat. They are placed back into their traps 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.

Surgical patients will be returned to caregiver with a tipped left ear indicating that the cat is surgically sterilized, making future identification possible. All community cats will also receive a complimentary rabies vaccination protecting the cat against the rabies virus for one year.

Surgical aftercare involves the caregiver observing and reporting any abnormality noted the morning of release PRIOR to returning the cat to the trap site. If you notice excessive bleeding, excessie swelling, or unusual activity before you release the patient, DO NOT RELEASE THE CAT. Please return the cat in the trap to C-SNIP immediately. For post-surgical concerns, please call 616-455-8220.

Thank you for your commitment to spay/neuter and the lives of community cats!