SMART AND ELUSIVE SONNY - ISN'T HE HANDSOME?
What a night. Though MomCat was tucked safely in her little room last night, her older kitten - I'm calling him Sonny - remained outside. The weather was cold, damp, and foggy. The last thing I wanted to do was go out and keep checking an empty cat trap but I had to. Thoughout the night I checked every two hours, until 3am. I'd set the trap so I could get Sonny inside and take him to the P.A.L. clinic this morning. He was supposed to be in by midnight so I could make sure he had nothing to eat for eight hours prior to surgery. Right. To say he was stubborn would be putting it mildly. Somehow he managed to get inside the trap, eat the food, and back out of it without tripping the door - two separate times. I'd made a food trail that led to the metal trip plate but so help me, the little stinker ate up to it and around it, never stepping ON it.
Around 1:30 am I was exhausted but still praying I'd be able to catch him. I was determined to catch him, so I went back to the food station where I'd set the trap and smeared stinky canned cat food all over the inside of that trap, and on the metal trip plate. I reasoned that Sonny had been successful twice so perhaps he was getting braver about stepping inside the trap. I came home and took a short nap, then went back down to check the trap around 3am. I couldn't believe my eyes. There he sat INSIDE the trap with the door closed. Success at last!
I had to leave Sonny in the trap (inside the garage) overnight. I hated to do that, but the chances of getting him into a cage last night, then into a carrier this morning were very slim. He was agitated and combative as it was. By the time I had him home, it was 3:30 am and he'd need to be inside the trap for only a few hours. I place an old thick towel under the trap and tried to touch him through the wires. He'd have none of that. So I told him goodnight and went to bed. I didn't sleep well though. I couldn't stop thinking about those kittens that disappeared.
This morning Sonny was much calmer, though complaining. He tolerated the ride to the clinic well and has probably been neutered by now. I'm to pick him up at 3pm. He'll stay here for about 24 hours or until I'm sure he's ok, then I'll release him in the spot he was captured. I don't imagine he'll know what this was all about, but I'll have some inner peace knowing he won't be able to make kittens in the future.
P.S. The P.A.L. organization gave Sonny vaccinations today and told me he would need to go back for a booster in two weeks. I hadn't anticipated that, but he'll stay here until I take MomCat in for spaying and vaccinations on June 11th.