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reconnaissance

I’ve written in the past about the benefit of using a trail camera to identify cats. In the case of this large site I’ve been working on, we set up the camera first focused on some food overnight after we had trapped a bunch of cats so we could figure out who is still coming around. Eartipped cats we know are done, non-eartips tell us we got more work to do.

Here is what the first night of camera use revealed:

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eartip – this is the mama of some of the kittens

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non-eartip

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eartip!

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eartip – I think this is the same cat as in the first picture

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hmmm, funny looking cat…

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non-eartip

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can’t tell about the eartip, but suspect non-eartip but could be same cat from third picture

We moved the camera to another location to look for a collared cat we have been seeing around, but no one in the neighborhood claims it. We are suspecting he was abandoned with a collar on. Poor thing. He looks rather skinny too, like all the other cats in this neighborhood.

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non-eartip collared cat  with trap door open

He was caught on camera rubbing against the trap door, closing it. He can’t be that hungry or he would be in the trap eating the bait.

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trap door now closed

Is this a boy or a girl – well this next picture gives us some information. Having a trail camera with 10MP resolution is nice.

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he looks quite intact to me!

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look how loose the collar is on this guy

Looks like we have a lot more work ahead of us…

Someone asked me what trail camera we are using. These images are from a Moultrie M-990i No Glow Game Camera. It is fairly basic and is only around $150, but takes great pictures. The organization I volunteer with (Community Cat Coalition) has a bunch of these they loan out to volunteers. The more information we have about the cats we are trapping the easier it is to TNR.

3 Responses to “reconnaissance”

  1. Marg says:

    Wow, you sure are doing a great job. Sure hope you can trap that Tom with the collar on soon and I know you hope so too. Thanks for all the great pictures.

  2. Lindz says:

    For the cat with the collar, will he be trapped and find a new home?

    • thecatguy says:

      He will be trapped and neutered. If he’s friendly and we can’t locate his humans then we will strongly consider rehoming him.

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