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Trap a Mom Cat Using Her Kittens

Trap with kittens setup.
Trap with kittens setup to trap a mom cat.

This article has had more and more visitors each day lately, so I imagine there are people out there using it right now, at the beginning of kitten season. I thought I’d give it a bit of a boost so even more people could find it, now, when they need it. Good luck, everyone!

Sometimes mom just won’t go into the trap, while her kittens, especially neonates and very young kittens not yet weaned, can just be picked up and handled.

A mother cat’s interest is protecting her kittens on top of her own survival so she will literally walk through fire, as mother cats have done, to get to her kittens and get them to a place she feels is safer than where they are.

So if mom is trapwise or wary, you use this particular mother cat behavior to your advantage and set a humane trap with the only thing that could possibly make her walk into it—her kittens. You don’t actually put the kittens in the trap, but you set it up so it looks as if they are, and that the only way the mother can get to them is to go through the trap.

“Trap A Mom Cat Using Her Kittens” covers:

  • Planning your trapping
  • The needs of neonatal kittens
  • Setting up the trap and the kittens
  • The kittens won’t cry! Mom won’t go in!
  • It’s not foolproof

Because you’re often handling very young kittens, make sure you are experienced with the needs of kittens from birth to five weeks or you know someone who does who can be with you as you do this.

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2 thoughts on “Trap a Mom Cat Using Her Kittens

  • Yep, that sure isn’t foolproof. When we trapped Maxwell and Macy we wanted so bad to get their Mama, but she wouldn’t come after them, she took off. We saw her for a few days looking for her babies then she disappeared and we never saw her again.

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    • It didn’t work for me a few times either, but it did work more times than not. The worst is when mom says BYE and the next time she shows up she’s got more kittens.

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