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Project by EMVarona posted 01-05-2013 12:07 PM 2279 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The past several weeks we have been having a problem with stray cats. They tear the trash bags open and mess up the place. They make poop all over the place and create a lot of noise when they make love. So I made this trap which I copied from one in the internet with some modifications. Dimensions are 1 ft. by 1 ft. by 2 ft.

It consists of a box with a trapdoor that is held open with a pin. The pin is attached to the bait that dangles inside the box with a nylon line. When the cat tags on the bait the pin is dislodged causing … BOOM … the door to drop.

I intend to bring the box, if and when I catch one, to a far away place then release it in a new environment. He just might love the change of environment.

Unfortunately to this date still no cat. No mess or noise either. It probably sensed that the oldman was up to something no good.

I remember when I was a kid we raised some chickens. Problem is a monitor lizard attacks them. The casualty was not minor. My Dad decided to make a similar trap which worked quite well.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#1 posted 01-05-2013 01:55 PM

Awww don’t take them away – get them a nice dog to play with he he he I had a couple of strays around here that I couldn’t get rid of – set out a couple of rat traps where they were digging up the dirt to crap and the last I saw of either of them they were running off, one of them with the trap on it’s tail

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#2 posted 01-05-2013 02:21 PM

Your trap looks good! I know how you feel about those pesky cats. I built a wooden box trap like your but to catch Armadillo’s instead. And one day a neighborhood cat ended up in it. Then a year later we got a nice little house cat of our own. And every now and then while our cat sits on her window sill (at ground level) a Huge neighborhood cat pop his big head up and scars the Cr@%#!P out of our little cat. The screams are terrifying! They actually try to attack each other through the window.
I could show you my trap but I don’t want to hijack your post so I’ll just ask for permission here if you would like to see it.
Good luck in catching those cats.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 01-05-2013 02:46 PM

”I intend to bring the box, if and when I catch one, to a far away place then release it ”

Here’s hoping it works for you.
But I’m betting that once released he’ll get back to the house before you do! LOL

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#4 posted 01-05-2013 03:30 PM

Nice looking trap, hope it works.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 01-05-2013 03:39 PM

i cant get the picture of cats making love out of my mind now lol

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#6 posted 01-05-2013 04:12 PM


I understand the need to remove stray cats, but you really should show a tad bit of compassion – after all, they didn’t choose to become strays. Humans put them in this position. If you do happen to trap one, contact your animal control agency or better yet a no-kill shelter to take it off your hands.

Also, please try to modify that door – I can see it lopping off the tail of a cat and I’m sure you wouldn’t find pleasure in that, nor should anyone.

knothead, your name describes you perfectly. You are a very cruel individual – shame on you for both intentionally harming animals and then making light of it in this forum. I also can’t believe one of you above didn’t have the decency to say the same thing to this sub-human. No excuse you can give can tolerate animal abuse, and that is what you state you did. Again, shame on you.


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#7 posted 01-05-2013 04:18 PM

I bet that monitor lizard kept the stray cat population under control .

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#8 posted 01-05-2013 05:08 PM

Cats are great to have around.
We have 5 right now as permanent residents. They catch moles, roaches, mice, rats, ‘dillo’s, birds, snakes and other vermin.

If we ever get broke, they are also known as “The OTHER White Meat!”

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#9 posted 01-05-2013 07:42 PM


Kudos for speaking up. I have been trapping cats for years, adopted 3 myself & found homes for 51 cats & kittens!
There was neighbor lady feeding strays, she moved and left cats.

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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#10 posted 01-05-2013 08:04 PM

Ferrel cats if they are ferrel cats are a real pain hope your trap works well for you. Fortunatly I live in rural Vt. and the Vt fish and wildlife introduced the fisher cat many years ago to control hedge hogs lucky for us their second favorite food is cat. Not cruel or inhumane just natures checks and balances at work :)

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#11 posted 01-05-2013 08:54 PM

Bob, Thanks for speaking up. I have 3 cats. They are treated like family. Knothead is an a cruel and mean person. Hopefully the cats Ed catches are treated well and end up with a good family.

-- James Krenov..."It's about a lot of little things, they do matter. Enjoy them."

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#12 posted 01-05-2013 09:10 PM

I’m not even gonna get into the discussion about the morality of trapping cats, but I do commiserate with your need to protect your property from damage.

To that end, I have a few suggestions for a building a “better cat trap”! LOL!

1) Drill a lot more holes in the sides and top. Not enough to reduce the integrity of the box, but right now it’s too “enclosed” and a wild cat is less likely to approach an enclosed space.

2) When you’re done drilling you’ll need to wipe down the inside and outside really well, preferably with some detergent or even a can of catfood. Use rubber gloves to handle the trap from then on. You need to remove your scent from the trap.

3) You then need to use a strong odor bait, such as tuna or sardines in order to have the best chance of attracting your prey.

One final note, however, these are all the same instructions and methods, I’ve used in the past to trap nuisance critters, and don’t be surprised if you end up with a cat, a possum, a raccoon, a squirrel, a skunk or any other smaller rodent, including mice and rats.

But hey…good luck and nice job on the trap!!!

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#13 posted 01-05-2013 11:48 PM

Bb gun

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#14 posted 01-06-2013 01:33 AM


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#15 posted 01-06-2013 02:21 AM

Feral cats are a menace to the bird population. They have completely exterminated my Kildeer and Bobwhite Quail. I don’t have a lot of love for them!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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