Several people have built their own drop traps.
You folks are awesome - nice hustle! May your
trapping efforts be fruitful!
This Far Side cartoon illustrates (in part)
that drop traps are not new.
|This is the simplest non-folding droptrap - made of plastic deer netting and PVC pipe. Cable ties fasten the netting at the corners and to the frame. Can't see how the door is fastened but you could possibly staple the netting to the door frame - staples would be okay in that location. I like the way the stiffness of the netting holds it upright - the cats get MORE upset if the netting lands on them. (the netting may droop over time - see the smaller picture). There's no anchor flap, and not much framing to add weight, so if you had a very energetic tomcat, or several cats inside, be prepared for the trap to move quite a bit! Up and down, and potentially, taking off down the street. |
Critique: I'd suggest a shorter propstick - no need to prop it higher than the cats' eye level - it just takes longer to drop. Also, these folks don't appear to cover the droptrap once there's a cat inside - it really helps speed up the transfer if you do. You're standing over the trap with a very panicked cat in it. He might eventually figure out that he can "hide" in the covered box trap - but if he'll be less panicked if the trap is covered, and he'll instinctively go for the light at the end of the "tunnel" (the box trap with a towel placed only over top and sides).
thanks to Peninsula Cat Works!!