I need to capture a half-feral cat with a serious medical problem. I have a
large wire cage that's not designed to be used as a trap. If I tie string/
rope to the open door, pass it through the wire cage and run it along the g
round, it would be possible to wait and pull the string once the cat enters
. This won't work unless the door closes and at the same time a knot ties i
t shut. The knot needn't hold long, 10 seconds against a large strong cat s
hould do the job. Question is, what knot should I use?
There is no such knot.
What you need is some form of spring loaded latch like you see
on rabbit or small animal leg traps. The string just triggers that.
The latch just keeps the door shut until you close it yourself, it
isnt involved in trapping the cat, the cage still does that.
It also depends on whether the door is hinged at the side or the top or
whatever. How many people do you have at your disposal?
After all if the cage was weighted and one person could pull the string and
keep tension on it till you got to the cage and latched it.
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On Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:38:38 -0800, tabbypurr wrote:
We gave the cat to the RSPCA to re-home (part of the deal; they neuter
them as well if not already done) but it turned out to be so ill (feline
AIDS and cancer IIRC) that they had to put it down. We didn't know until
we turned up with a pack of cat food as a "thank you".
The way we did it was to leave the cage open and un-primed for a couple of
nights before priming it to close. More chance of the preliminary risk
assessment by the cat classifying it as safe.
Unless the cat is a very frequent visitor which is also used to your
presence, crouching near the cage holding a piece of string might be a
long and painful experience.
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On 08/11/2017 18:29, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
What's wrong with the following?
1. Peg the cage to the ground, so it can't move.
2. Pull the door shut with the string, and then tie the string off,
whilst keeping it taut. Any old knot will do. Or screw a cleat to
something sturdy and wrap the string round that a few times.
3. Stroll outside and latch the cage door.
BTW, does Tabbypurr = TNP?
On 08/11/2017 20:39, email@example.com wrote:
I'll take your word for it, but it's not obvious why it won't work.
Provided the string is strong enough and everything is anchored down.
Maybe you should have two strings? One to pull the door closed and the
other to manoeuvre a bit of wood to keep the door latched or simply a
really heavy lump of wood that leans against the door when toppled over
by the second string.
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