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Stray cats basically live a wild adventure in an urban or suburban setting. They have been abandoned, maybe since birth, and have learned to live off of whatever means that they can find their disposal. This can mean eating out of garbage cans, getting into dumpsters, and living under trees in a park. They will do whatever is necessary to be able to survive.
One of the ways that a stray cat may look for an avenue to survival is by making his home inside your attic. It is not uncommon for a stray cat to find a location where there are loose boards, holes in the wall, or other areas where the cat can get through your siding and into the attic of your house.
If you think about it, your attic makes the perfect location this animal. Not only is it likely to find relative seclusion, because most people do not go in their attic very often, but it also gives them the opportunity to have a safe and warm place to get out of the elements. Your attic is often a storage place that is used to keep such things as memorabilia, old clothing and blankets, and newspapers. This gives them a great source of bedding to be able to use to create a nest. If you think about it, your attic would be the ideal location for a stray cat to live.
Obviously, you don't want this animal staying in your attic. It poses a danger to you and your family and so getting it out as quickly as possible is mandatory. There are two ways that you can accomplish this.
The first is the use of some kind of trap. You can buy a commercial trap that will allow the stray cat to enter into the cage but not to get back out. By using some form of bait, such as a can of cat food, you can attract the cat into the cage where it will be captured.
After you have put on gloves, a surgical mask, and clothing to cover your exposed areas of skin, you can then take the cage outside and release the animal or take it to your local shelter where they can take care of the cat for you. Keep in mind that you should always wear the right kind of protective clothing to ensure that you don't contract anything from the cat. These animals are likely to carry diseases that can be dangerous to you and your family, so protecting yourself is vital.
Another option is to use a one-way exclusion funnel. These are devices that you attached to the outside of your home, which allow the cat to go out through the funnel but not to get back in. All you need to do is attach the funnel on the location where the animal is gaining entry into your attic and let the device do the rest of the work for you. Seal the entryway once it is out and your problem is resolved.
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