Saturday, December 17, 2011

How to Catch an Abandoned Ragdoll Cat

Ragdolls usually enjoy being pampered pets, but sometimes they escape the house.

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Ragdolls are docile and affectionate cats, which like nothing more than to be with people. Ragdolls are gentle and rarely extend their claws even in play. However, female ragdoll cats can reach up to 15 pounds, while males can reach up to 20 pounds, which makes them appear intimidating to people who are unfamiliar with the breed. An abandoned ragdoll cat will probably want to be near people, but may be too confused and frightened to catch. Fortunately, there is a humane way to rescue an abandoned ragdoll cat and bring it in to safety.

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Set out food for the cat every day, in the same location for at least several days. Feeding it this way will attract the cat to a place of your choosing and will help it feel comfortable.


Introduce the unset trap to the location in which you have been feeding the cat. Open the trap door and secure it, so that the cat can enter it if it wants to do so without becoming trapped. Cover the trap with a sheet or blanket to turn it into a secure place. Put the cat food in front of the open trap. Continue feeding it for a few more days.


Slowly move the cat food closer to the front of the trap. The food should eventually be placed at the rear of the trap enclosure.


Set the trap according to the instructions it came with, setting it to close with very little pressure being applied to the trip plate. According to the Feral Cat Coalition, you should use very smelly food to bait the trap, such as canned mackerel. The food should be as far from the rear of the trap as possible.


Check the trap frequently for occupants and replenish bait as needed. When the ragdoll cat has been captured, bring the trap to a veterinarian for assistance removing it. Keep the trap covered while transporting the cat, so that it will feel more secure.

Tips & Warnings

If the cat is not attracted to your trap, try alternate baits such as ground meat, chicken, fish, or even oil of catnip.

Do not feed the cat the night before you set the trap. It is more likely to be hungry and, therefore, more willing to enter the trap to eat.

If animals other than the cat are trapped, call the local wildlife authorities for assistance with their handling.

Do not trap the cat in extreme heat or when it is raining, to prevent the cat from coming to harm.

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ReferencesCat Fanciers’ Association; Breed: Ragdoll; Isabelle Bellavance et al.; 2010Feral Cat Coalition; Humane Trapping Instructions;; Cat Baits; 2011Photo Credit Jupiterimages/ ImagesRead Next:

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