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There's a feral cat in our house that's always fighting with other feral cats. He's a really nice cat, but he's a big adult street cat and I know he won't let me pick him up.

What can I give this cat so he gets sleepy (or even fall asleep) and I can pick him up and put him in a cage? I would like to neuter him, because I really like him. But I can't have him peeing/marking everything and getting in fights with other cats.

I don't want to buy an automatic cage that closes when they walk into the cage.

Thanks.

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Your local animal shelter can probably lend you a suitable trap and advise you on where to place it, how to bait it, and how to use it safely. They will likely be thrilled to help you since you're helping with the feral cat population.

I don't want to buy an automatic cage that closes when they walk into the cage.

If your concern is the cost of the cage, borrowing one from a shelter should be free. If your concern is that the cat might get injured, the design of these cages is very safe. By following the shelter's advice, you should be fine. And if your concern is that the cat might hold a grudge against you, that's unlikely. The cat will be wary of the cage, but should have no reason to associate the experience with you.

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  • I think this is a safe way (for both cat and human) to approach it and sensible advice. There is a risk that any medication intended for the big cat may be eaten by another animal also. – user6796 May 8 '17 at 19:24
  • Thanks for your reply. The issue is that they never get into the cage, and it's been something I've tried many, many times. I've bought two cages, and he hasn't gone in once. – rbhat May 9 '17 at 16:50
  • I would only use the medicine when I'm there. I would never leave the medicine unattended. – rbhat May 9 '17 at 16:52
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I have had this exact problem, I have one domesticated cat and got a new cat that was a feral cat I got him fixed but this did not help he still chased and hurt my other cat I did feed them in two different places to try to avoid the fighting. This went so far as to my original cat losing a lot of weight while the feral one to gain a lot of weight, he was about 8 years old when I got him.he was the nicest cat toward me but a nightmare to the other cat.I tried to do every thing to make it work for over a year.

To trap your cat take a cardboard box tape it closed and cut a hole in one end of the box and put some food (tuna) inside, then wait until your cat enters this might take some time and several tries. When the cat is inside tilt the box opening up and close the hole with a book or somting larger then the hole so he don't escape, place your carrier cage against the wall so it can't move, opening out and open then place the cardboard box against the carrier remove the book so the cat can enter the carrier cage when the cat enters use the book to cover the opening of the cage while you closes it, this will probably possibly work.

My feral cat was not able to adjust so I had to take him down. I am saying this so you know what you might have to do if it doesn't work out for you and the cats.

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