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Trap – Neuter – Release

By on July 19, 2016


If you are feeding a cat colony, whether it be made up of barn cats on a farm, or a large group of outdoor cats, we want to help you get them ALL spayed or neutered. Here’s how it works:

  • Complete the on-line form that matches the number of cats you have:
  • If you have less than 21 cats, we will help get them scheduled during our regular clinic days. You will need to transport them to one of our clinic locations.
  • If you have more than 20 cats, we will find a date when we can come to your property.
  • All cats must be in individual carriers or live traps (we can help provide carriers and traps in advance).
  • All cats will be ear-tipped. This will help you to monitor your cats for any new arrivals that need to be fixed.
  • You will contribute whatever funds you can toward the surgeries. The balance will be covered by our Cat Colony Cash, a fund made possible by donations. The outdoor/barn/feral cat fee is $40 and includes surgery, ear tip, rabies vaccination, ear cleaning and single dose of selamectin, which treats ear mites, fleas, round and hook worms for ~30 days.
  • Cats will receive treatment for wounds and other illness at the discretion of the veterinarian.
  • If you borrow carriers or traps, you will clean them after the cats are released the morning after surgery and will return them to us.
  • If we come to your property:
    • You provide a temperature controlled indoor space for cats the night before and night after surgery.
    • You provide the team access to a bathroom, space where we can process surgical instruments and a place to park the mobile unit (in the shade if possible!).

What is an ear tip?

The tip of the ear is removed under anesthetic as an easy way to mark and identify if an outdoor cat has been fixed. This will help you to monitor your cats for any new arrivals that need to be fixed.

How to catch a feisty cat

Live traps are the safest way to catch a feral or shy cats. 

  1. Acclimate cats to traps by leaving them open with food for 3-7 days. 
  2. Set traps the day before your appointment. Do NOT transfer cats to a different carrier or crate. It is safest for everyone to leave them in the traps. 
  3. Move traps to a safe, warm area. Cover with a sheet. 
  4. Return cats to the area originally caught the day after surgery.

Never leave a trap open, unattended overnight. Tuna is a great bait to convince cats to go in the trap.

Benefits to fixing male cats 

  1. Reduced aggression between cats (aka fewer cat fights, yowling, and disease transfer).
  2. Decreased or eliminated urine spraying to mark territory.
  3. Less roaming. Males can sense an in heat female from 2 miles away. Neutered males are more likely to stay close to home. 

**Outdoor cats don’t always have an owner. That’s okay. We can still help you spay or neuter them.**