I recently rescued a feral kitten (at least a couple of months) from my neighborhood about 3 days ago. When I captured him, I just let him out in my bathroom (from the cage I caught him in), without first taking him to the vet. :-/ Well, I'm noticing that his right eye is milky, and I'm going to take him to the vet tomorrow. He's curled up behind my toilet. What is the least traumatizing way to get him from behind the toilet to a medium sized dog-like cage?

There's no way he's going to let me just pick him up, and he hasn't eaten since I've trapped him (so luring him with food won't work). Does anyone know how I can get him to run into the cage without fully traumatizing him?

P.S. He was eating the same food outside when he was free, so it's not that he doesn't like the food. I think he's just too scared to eat it. Please help!

  • Have you tried picking her up and putting her into the cage? Or luring her out from behind the toilet with a cat toy? – user8659 Jan 10 '17 at 0:45

This is late, but may be useful for future reference.

With cats truly afraid of people, you just... walk behind or up to them.

So 1) Have a small, closed room

2) Remove as many hiding spots as possible (at least those you can't get to)

3) Put Box down, maybe cover it with a blanket but leave an opening so that it's a nice dark cave/hiding spot.

4) Just follow them around until the cat goes into the box.

5) Close Box.

This only works with cats that are skittish and afraid.

Another method is to throw a large blanket or towel over the cat for your protection and grab it then, but this requires a firm grip and the person in question not hesitating.

Yes, the cat will be stressed, there is no way around that really... but needs must.

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