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determining how many

I’m in the process of gathering information about a nearby TNR site, where information about the particulars has been difficult to come by. Homeowner reported seeing three adult cats and recently four kittens.

When information is missing or incomplete, it can be helpful to find other means to gather helpful information. My trapping buddy and I decided to setup a trail camera on the back porch where the cats feed, in hopes we might see the kittens. Getting pictures of the kittens would give us a sense of how old they are. If they are still really young, then we will want to trap them sooner rather than later so they can begin being socialized and adopted into homes. If they are older, then we can go about the trapping with less urgency, as they will be altered and returned to the site.

The camera yielded no photos of kittens, just these gorgeous adults:

SH tabby

MH Tabby

LH Brown


This must be Nahum’s cousin! They look very alike.

mr fluffy


let me in

we all come in dinner I want to take them all home and cuddle with them! I love fluffy kitties.

This is actually my first TNR site that involves long-furred cats. For some reason all the sites I have worked on have only had short-furred cats. If these guys are friendly, it would be difficult not to keep them! Good thing I’m already at my maximum cat limit!

The absence of the kittens is odd. I’ll bring the camera back out there and leave it longer to see if they appear. Then it’ll time to schedule some trapping of these four beauties. The homeowners are happy to have them back – so that’s good!

5 Responses to “determining how many”

  1. Southpaws7 says:

    Good luck! The camera is an awesome idea..what kind is it?..the pics are fantastic!

    • thecatguy says:

      This particular camera is a Moultrie brand camera, which I had never heard of. The camera actually belongs to the Community Cat Coalition, they have several of them available for loan for TNR. I’m impressed with the quality of photos. I just wish it could take a picture more often than every 5-seconds, a lot can happen in 5-seconds with cats.

  2. Ruth Rawls says:

    I found that my wildlife camera worked randomly, especially on small animals. It makes me wonder if their movement was so small or subtle that it didn’t register on the camera’s sensor.

  3. Terri says:

    How wonderful the people will take them back :-)

  4. great pictures – and they certainly look interested in what is going on inside. :) we are glad the homeowners are going to take them back and provide for them. good luck!!

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