Sunday, April 14, 2024
cat behaviorcatsDaily Featureferal catskittensMondayTNR

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.

Click here to read “Trapping A Mother Cat Using Her Kittens”

On Mondays I feature articles featuring Adoptable Cats and TNR.

Gifts featuring cats you know! Visit Portraits of Animals


Fine ArtPhotographyGiftsGreeting CardsBooksCommissioned Portraits & Artwork

Great Rescues Day Book:
Portraits, Rescue Stories, Holidays and Events, Essential Feline Information, All in One Book

day book with cat portraits
Great Rescues Day Book

Each month features one of my commissioned portraits of a feline or felines and their rescue story along with a kitty quote on the left page, and on the right page the month name with enough lines for all possible dates, with standard holidays and animal-themed observances and events. Great Rescues also includes a mini cat-care book illustrated with my drawings including information on finding strays or orphaned kittens, adopting for the first time or caring for a geriatric cat, a list of household toxins and toxic plants, or helping stray and feral cats and beginning with TNR.

Each book includes also 10 sheets of my “22 Cats” decorative notepaper with a collage of all the portraits in black and white so you can make your own notes or write special notes to friends.

The portraits in this book, collected as a series, won both a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion in the 2011 Cat Writers’ Association Annual Communication Contest, as well as the 22 Cats Notepaper mentioned below.

Read more and order.


All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission, although links to your site are more than welcome and are shared. Please ask if you are interested in using and image or story in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of an image or a product including it, check my animal and nature website Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.

Subscribe to my e-newsletter

Subscribe to The Creative Cat Preview E-newsletter.

© 2022 | | Published by Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Weekly schedule of features:

Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life

Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters

Tuesday: Rescue Stories

Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork

Thursday: New Merchandise

Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy

Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats

And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!




From health and welfare to rescue and adoption stories, advocacy and art, factual articles and fictional stories, "The Creative Cat" offers both visual and verbal education and entertainment about cats for people who love cats, pets and animals of all species.

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.

    • 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.


Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this:
Verified by ExactMetrics