Karen K. contacted me at the beginning of this month about TNR for the cats living in her next door neighbor’s garage in Logan Square.
The colony is made up of a mama cat with her four kittens, although the kittens are now already almost grown. Karen was worried about the cats because neighbors were complaining about them pooping in their yard, and that there would be more litters soon.
This is the garage with a huge hole on its side that the cats all live in. Throughout that day, we trapped all five of the cats. At one point, Karen even trapped a black squirrel, and let her out. I would’ve loved to see that! We kept trying to trap early Sunday morning before PAWS’ clinic opened to get them TNR’d, because we knew obviously there is a papa cat out there.
This raccoon was bold! He climbed down and kept trying to go in the traps as I was baiting them with sardines. I’ve never seen anything like it.
When Kim came to check on the traps later all of the sardines were gone, but the traps were still open. The raccoon knew how to eat the bait without setting off the traps!
In the end we still had five cats ready for their TNR treatment at PAWS’ clinic.
And then we trapped the rest of her family. Here is Manhattan, female.