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While it may seem like a very humane thing to take care of stray cats, the truth is that these felines put your family and your own pets at risk. To survive, these cats must often be extremely aggressive, meaning that any other animal that they come in contact with, including people, can be seen as a threat to the animal. This can put in danger and is why you need to make sure that you keep them as far away from you as possible.
There is also the concern that you should have with diseases. Because they are likely not cared for, meaning they have not seen a bat or received the necessary shots, they are likely to carry a number of diseases and parasites that can be extremely dangerous to your own feline. These can lead to such things as distemper, feline leukemia, and worms, all of which can be terminal for your cat to contract. This is why it is important for you to take action to stop these animals from coming around your home.
However, you may find that it is becoming much more difficult to get them to go away. If these cats have discovered some source of food on your property at some point, they may continually return believing they will find it again. This means using techniques to try to keep them away may be completely unsuccessful. You need a different option to be able to take care of the stray cats, and that may mean trying to trap them.
Trapping them and either relocating them or turning them over to animal control may be the ideal option. However, you may have no idea on how exactly should do this. If you are wanting to know how to trap stray cats, here are some suggestions for you.
Where you need to begin is by buying a commercial trap. There are several kinds that you can find out there that allow it to get inside the trap but will not allow it to get back out once it has gotten inside the cage. The door closes, and the cat is trapped.
The key ingredient to making this a success is to ensure that you have a bait that will attract the cat. This is best accomplished by using some kind of cat food, especially something that is from a can. That will lure the cat into the trap where you can have it trapped. Keep in mind that your bait may attract other animals, so it pays to check this on a regular basis.
Once you have captured the cat, your next step is to contact some kind of local professional that can assist you in properly placing the cat in a location where it can survive. Understand that by contacting your local animal control agency that they may suggest that the cat be put to sleep. You may not like that option, but a wildcat can be dangerous to other cats and may be too sick to survive.
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