Cat Trapping Tutorial

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The Animal Network of Orange County

“Cat Trapping Tutorial”

Information Page:

Trapping – Spaying And Neutering
of Feral Cats and Stray Cats

– Written By DiAnna Pfaff-Martin From My Experience In Animal Rescue in Orange County, CA

There are “Vouchers” Available To Spay And Neuter Wild Untouchable Cats!

Be Prepared! don’t Be Turned Away! Wild and Untouchable Cats “Must” Arrive In “Traps” NOT Pet Carriers at Vet Hospitals Or Will Be Turned Away!

The Orange County Society For the Prevention Of Cruelty Of Animals

(most commonly known as OCSPCA)

will send “Vouchers” For Spay And Neuter of Feral Wild Untouchable Cats

OCSPCA Feral Cat Voucher Program 714-374-7738

Animal Assistance League of Orange County 714-978-7387

NOTE: No One Should Feed Cats Unless Trapping and Spaying and Neutering! Otherwise they Multiply!

A fertile cat will produce an average of three litters a year! In just seven years a fertile cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats! These figures point to a need for a more aggressive spay/neuter program within the United States.


Kittens Become Pregnant at 5 months old

Male Kittens Can Impregnate at 4 months of age

Female Cats Have An Average Of Five (5) Kittens In Litter

Female Cats Can Get Pregnant “Again” When They Are Nursing!

Kittens Suffer and Often Die From Flea Anemia, Cold and Heat When Born Outdoors

Feeders Can Be Cited By The County If Breeding Cats Are Deemed A Nuisance

County Officials Can Order The Cats Be Removed From The Property & You Face A Fine

An Individual Allowing Cats To Over Populate Can Be Cited For Animal Cruelty

Cat Colonies Suffer

Defining The Terms

Definition: Feral Cat (provided by Best Friends Catnippers L.A.

“Feral cats are the offspring of stray or abandoned pets, raised without human contact and living typically in colonies where food and shelter are available. They lead harsh lives, shortened by malnutrition, disease, trauma, and high kitten mortality. Feral cats are often seen as a public nuisance and make up a large portion of the animals euthanized by local control agencies.”

Defining The Terms

Definition: Stray Cat (Provided By Animal Network of O.C.

“A cat that has lived with humans and has become lost or abandoned is a stray cat. A stray cat may or may not have acclimated to life on the streets. Cats that do not acclimate are often found starving. A stray cat that has acclimated and survives can often be mistaken for a feral cat, as their behaviors have adjusted in order to survive leading them to run from humans, avoid touch and hide to protect themselves. Both stray and feral cats seek food and shelter and often live in groups with a hierarchy that is defined by levels of dominance. Cats that have lived outdoors for sometime may become unrecognizable to their owner because of muscle development and a thicker coat.

Author: DiAnna Pfaff-Martin, founder of Animal Network of Orange County, copyright 2006

Prepare To Trap

Try to get help from neighbors! Create a flyer!

Distribute the flyer on doorsteps. Meet and greet the neighbors. Tell them about trapping and releasing and educate them. Most people worry that harm will come to them so discuss that no harm will come to the animals and ask that no one else but you feed while the trapping goes on. A HUNGRY CAT WILL GO IN THE TRAPS!

Where there are stray and feral cats someone is feeding. Try to locate the feeder and ask for help. Sometimes they welcome the information about humane solution of “TNR” (trap neuter and release). However, beware that some will resist spaying and neutering as they like to see the babies and think it is natural.

Keep Them Hungry; a hungry cat WILL go in a trap!

“Buy” Or “Rent” Your Supplies:


We suggest purchasing the economy traps (32 x 10 x10) pictured below.

There Are Two Types “Basic” and “Transfer” Economy Traps

“Basic” Economy Raccoon / Feral Cat Trap

Purchase 1-5 for $41.75 each

Purchase 6+ For $38.27

Economy Raccoon / Feral Cat “Transfer” Trap

Purchase 1-5 for $55.66 each

Purchase 6+ For $52.19



2300 Newport Blvd

Costa Mesa, CA



14941 Jackson St

Midway City, CA 92655



1730 N. Lemon Street

Anaheim, CA 92801


Marking and Spotting Altered Cats

Ask the veterinarian thatDeveloped and well-managed colonies mark the animals that have been trapped, neutered and released by having the veterinarian at the time of spay or neuter cut the tip of the ear; this is called a notched ear . This simple ear notch signals the trapper to release any cat from the traps that has a notched ear. An ear notch simplifies the system and lowers costs and trauma to the animals.

O.C. Vet Hospitals That Alter Feral Cats

Few Hospitals Give Attention To Wild Untouchable Cats

Hospitals Assign Quota’s and Certain Days To Alter Feral Cats! Know the Days and Rules “BEFORE” You Trap!

The Animal Medical Center

(Every Wednesday Quota is 4 for the day)

16540 Harbor Blvd.

Fountain Valley, CA

(Harbor and Heil near Warner)


Golden State Humane Society (is not an animal shelter)

11901 Gilbert Street, Garden Grove, CA 92641


Animal Discount Clinic


Know the rules of each hospital and Days of Spay Neuter “BEFORE” You Trap!

Other Links

Click to Read “Animal Network’s” Information


“Taming Feral Kittens”

Northern California Feral Spay and Neuter

Fix Our Ferals offers free spay/neuter clinics for homeless cats. They have helped over 1000 east Bay residents to sterilize more than 3000 cats since we started in 1998.

Los Angeles Area Feral Spay and Neuter

FixNation, Inc. Operates a free full-time spay/neuter clinic for feral and homeless cats. Provides low-cost spay/neuter for tame cats.

Clinic Location
7680 Clybourn Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91352
818-524-2287 | [email protected]
Open Monday through Friday, 7am to 5pm.
Reservations are required.
DROP-OFF TIMES: 7am to 8:30am

T 818.524.2287
F 818.767.7791

Help Others! If You Know About Ferals: e-mail [email protected]
Always spay, neuter, microchip, collar and tag your pets.

Please Let Your Areas Of Influence Help A Cat Family.

We Need A Backyard To Live In and To Be Fed to Thrive

In animal rescue my days are filled seeking solutions to help local animals in need. Community Animal Network is looking for a safe backyard to release the black & white cat family of three. The mom and two 4-5 month old kittens have been altered and the ears tipped, which is a sign that the animals are altered!

The Cat Family’s Story: Community Animal Network was contacted by a neighbor telling of a woman who died and her immediate family just put the deceased woman’s 15 unaltered cats outdoors to fend by themselves! Our humane animal trapper was sent to the house to begin TNR, (trap neuter and return), which saves lives and controls the population.
The cat family is ready to be released back to the property after being trapped and altered. Now the neighbor tells us she has been told to stop feeding the cats, the animals are not wanted back and the house will be sold! That Good Samaritan neighbor feeds outdoor cats in her own yard and adding 15 more is just too much!

We know that outdoor cats are at risk; however, there is nowhere for this family of cats to go except a shelter. Sadly, feral or frightened cats that act fractious at a municipal or county shelter will not survive long after impound.

Our trapper has them caged now for 2 weeks hoping they would warm up and she’s been looking for someone to help. The population will be growing if we do nothing. We do not want the animals to starve and even nice seeming people can be cruel to unwanted cats in high stray neighborhoods.

If you are an animal lover reading this and can help spread the word of need it would be appreciated! Or, why not make a donation to help with the costs of altering stray and feral cats?

A recurring donation would really help by adding us to your on-line bill pay account. Or, just mail us a check it saves fees and interest!

Thank you for your consideration to help local animals in need.

Community Animal Network
P.O. Box 8662
Newport Beach, Ca 92658
Non-Profit Tax ID# 33-0971560