How To Trap a Community Cat For Spay-Neuter Purposes
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the trapping community aka feral cats, spay or neutering them, and returning them to live outside, ideally in the same location from which they came.
A Step by Step Guide on Feral Cat TNR by Alley Cat Allies
Excellent video on How To Trap Feral Cats by Alley Cat Allies
Detailed video on How To Trap Feral Cats by Kitten Lady
How to Catch Hard-to-Trap Cats by Neighborhood Cats
Full Instructions on How to Use a Drop Trap by Neighborhood Cats
Note: A drop trap is different than the standard box-style trap. A drop trap is used when a feral cat refuses to go in a box-style trap, or one is trying to catch a particular feral cat, such as the last cat in the colony that still needs spay-neuter.
Please see Drop Trap photos on this page.
How to Catch Feral Mom Cat & Kittens by Alley Cat Allies
Need to Borrow a Feral Cat Trap for TNR?
Contact: Stray Hearts aka Taos Humane: 575-758-2981. Stray Hearts charges a $20 fully refundable deposit per trap. Other options: Taos Feral Feline Friends 575-758-3519 in Ranchos de Taos, or Northern New Mexico Friends of Animals 575-586-0784 (in Questa), or Taos County 575-737-6488 or Town 575-758-2645 Animal Control, or Four Corners Animal League 575-776-2928.
Want to Buy a Feral Cat Trap?
Havahart Feral Cat Traps and Tomahawk Cat Traps can be bought on Amazon.com as well as directly from the manufacturer, and Randall Lumber Ranch & Feed. Tractor Supply Store in Taos sells feral cat traps for ~$30; they aren't as high quality as Havahart/Tomahawk, but they'll do the job short term.
Spay-Neuter Resources for Community Cats in Taos County
For more information on feral cats, such as how to care for a feral cat colony, how to protect feral cats in the winter, how to age & socialize feral kittens so that they can be adopted as pets, etc., please go to our Feral Cat page within Animal Care.
Planned Pethood Taos 575-613-4110 TAOS CAT & DOG SPAY-NEUTER INFORMATION Last updated 1/7/24