Guide/How-to| Trap-Neuter-Return

Drop traps are useful tools when conducting Trap-Neuter-Return or rescuing sick or injured cats by allowing you to selectively trap a specific member of a colony, since you determine when to spring the manually operated trap. It’s also helpful for trapping shy or savvy cats who have caught on to the ins and outs of the humane box trap. Find drop trap DIY instructions and purchasing options below.

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Ashot’s Drop Traps

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Advantages: Purchase available. Lightweight to carry, collapsible.

Possible Drawbacks: Metal traps can make a lot of noise when they hit the ground which may spook cats. No “give” if cats start jumping around which may increase potential for injury. May be light enough for cats to move.

View pictures and purchasing options (click the “Show More” link)Thanks to Ashot’s Drop Traps

Tomahawk TNR Drop Trap

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Advantages: Purchasing available. Collapsible, lightweight to carry but sturdy when constructed, transfer door.

Possible Drawbacks: Metal traps can make a lot of noise when they hit the ground which may spook cats. No “give” if cats start jumping around which may increase potential for injury. May be light enough for cats to move. Thin propping mechanism.

Purchasing and more information. Thanks to Tomahawk Live Traps

PVC Drop Trap

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Advantages: DIY! Collapsible design. Solid sides which may help cats remain calm. Netted top proves “give” to help keep cats safe.

Possible Drawbacks: Netting may rip, so make sure the kind you use is good quality. This design requires a variety of hardware. The instructions are fairly complex, but well documented.

View the instructions Thanks to Lisa A. Pierson, DVM