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By Hand or Snare Pole
If the cats are small in size you can catch them by your hands and place them in cat carriers. You can wear thick leather gloves, or use a snare pole. Snare poles are the best, especially when you are dealing with an adult stray cat, or cats who like to perch themselves on a high place.
Watch the cat for its behavior. If it behaves normally you can approach the cat slowly. Do not run as you may frighten the cat and it may run away. Remember cats can hear a wide range of frequencies. You can hold the cat by its neck. Remember to wear a full sleeve to protect you from being scratched. If you are scared or the cat is big you can use a pillow cover. This will also help prevent the cat scratching your hands. When you have approached the cat you can put the pillow cover over the cat. A tip here is first try to cover the head so that the cat becomes like blindfolded. Now you can push the body inside the pillow cover easily. It is also safe as the cat cannot scratch you as it is inside the pillow cover.
With a Cage Trap
A raccoon sized cage trap, usually 10x12x32 inches is best. Make sure the trap is set flush to the ground and that it doesn't wobble or rattle. In fact, a soft cage bottom, with cardboard, newspaper, leaves, or a piece of carpeting, is good. Set cat food in the back of the trap, and the pan sensitivity on light.
You can try to feed the stray cat and befriend it. Usually stray cats are hungry. So if you feed them with what they love like moist smelly soft food they are sure to come and eat. You can catch hold of them when they come to feed. You can also put some food for the stray cat regularly. The cat gets used to this and will start visiting and settle with you without any fuss. But give it sometime and be patient for the cat to get used to your feed. You can also put some food in a dish and hold it to him with your arm. Just try to get hold of him, but if he retreats do not chase him but continue to feed him. Try to make him come back more often by feeding him two or three times in a day. Once he starts coming regularly you have caught one cat successfully.
If you failed in all these attempts then you can put some food in a humane trap and keep in a place where the cat can easily see it. Once the cat enters the trap it gets caught and trapped. Do not use a trap that is too small as it can hurt the tail of the cat when the trap closes. These no-kill traps can be borrowed or purchased from pet stores or animal shelters.
Cats develop affection towards their owners. But remember cat bites are infectious. Before keeping a stray animal at home it is better to visit a vet for a checkup and follow his recommendations.
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