I trap stray cats and have them fixed. The ones who are adoptable get new homes, the ferals get their ears tipped and then released. IMHO Trap, Test, Neutor and Release is the best way to deal with the feral cat problem. Yes, I am the crazy cat lady on my block.
Enough lecturing from me and please don’t say mean things about what I do.
Anyhow. I also trap other critters at times. My havahart trap was a standard, humane trap that was about 10 years old. They are built to last and I didn’t know that they could be improved.
A month ago, I trapped a raccoon. Usually, I just open the trap (with fingers too close for comfort to the gate), then let the critter run in one direction while I run the other way.
This time, the raccoon managed to get its front leg wedged between the bars somehow. It was horrible, there was frozen blood all over and the poor thing was just laying there blinking at me. I was able to get a wild life rescue group to come and get him. He’s been vetted and had to have leg amputated. He will probably go to the local zoo. He won’t be released.
So…trap went with the raccoon.
I was so tramatized that I thought that my trapping days were over.
When I got home tonight, there was a new havahart trap on the bench. I don’t know which one of my neighbors put it there, so I will suspect all of them
I honestly didn’t think that a havahart could be improved, but I LOVE this thing. Its much lighter than my last one, which will make it much easier to hold it away from my body. The metal plate under the handle is much bigger and the best thing of all is that this trap has a handle that lets me stand behind the trap and open it. No danger of fingers getting nipped!!!
Thank you, whoever you are for buying me a new trap. I caught that spraying tom and will have his balls cut off in you name