The Animal Network of Orange County
“Cat Trapping Tutorial”
Promotion For Animals In
I n f o r m a t i o n
Trapping – Spaying And
of Feral Cats and Stray Cats
Written By DiAnna
Pfaff-Martin From My Experience In Animal Rescuer in Orange County,
are “Vouchers” Available To Spay And Neuter Wild
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
OCSPCA Feral Cat Voucher Program
Assistance League of Orange County 714-978-7387
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
Kittens Become Pregnant at
5 months old
Kittens Can Impregnate at 4 months of age
Cats Have An Average Of Five (5) Kittens In Litter
Cats Can Get Pregnant “Again” When They Are
Suffer and Often Die From Flea Anemia, Cold and Heat When Born
Can Be Cited By The County If Breeding Cats Are Deemed A
Officials Can Order The Cats Be Removed From The Property & You Face A
Allowing Cats To Over Populate Can Be Cited For Animal Cruelty
Defining The Terms
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. www.testing.animalreport.org.dream.press)
“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
Author: DiAnna Pfaff-Martin,
founder of Animal Network of Orange County, copyright 2006
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
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 HUMANE ANIMAL TRAPS
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”
Purchase 1-5 for $55.66 each
Purchase 6+ For $52.19
RENT HUMANE ANIMAL TRAPS
“THE FEED BARN”
2300 Newport Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA
MIDWAY CITY FEED Best Prices!!
14941 Jackson St
Midway City, CA 92655
ANAHEIM FEED AND PET SUPPLY
1730 N. Lemon Street
Anaheim, CA 92801
Marking and Spotting
Ask the veterinarian that developed and managed colonies to 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
The Animal Medical Center
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
11901 Gilbert Street, Garden Grove, CA 92641
Animal Discount Clinic
Know the rules of each hospital
and Days of Spay Neuter “BEFORE” You Trap!
Click to Read “Animal
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.
Angeles Area Feral Spay and Neuter
Operates a free full-time spay/neuter
clinic for feral and homeless cats.
Provides low-cost spay/neuter for tame
7680 Clybourn Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91352
818-524-2287 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Monday through Friday, 7am to 5pm.
Reservations are required.
DROP-OFF TIMES: 7am to 8:30am
Help Others! If You Know
About Ferals: e-mail email@example.com