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Old January 25 2010, 05:45 AM   #1
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Stray cat stuck in my house

It started off very friendly, but, after three unsuccessful attempts to get it outside with no supplies, it's become understandably distrustful. Right now it's stuck in a little attic crawl space where we can't get it.

Basically, it crawled in through what must be a tiny little hole in the roof. I'll try luring it tomorrow with an actual cat crate and some food, but, if anyone has any good ideas, let me know
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Old January 25 2010, 05:49 AM   #2
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Re: Stray cat stuck in my house

^ Maybe if it can haz cheezburger, it will leave.
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Old January 25 2010, 05:57 AM   #3
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Re: Stray cat stuck in my house

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It started off very friendly, but, after three unsuccessful attempts to get it outside with no supplies, it's become understandably distrustful. Right now it's stuck in a little attic crawl space where we can't get it.

Basically, it crawled in through what must be a tiny little hole in the roof. I'll try luring it tomorrow with an actual cat crate and some food, but, if anyone has any good ideas, let me know
Tiny, little hole -- as opposed to a large, giant hole?
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Old January 25 2010, 06:01 AM   #4
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Re: Stray cat stuck in my house

we had to lure a cat out of a crawl space with food.
once we got him out we adopted him when we didnt see any missing cat notices.


but if that dosnt work you need to call professionals who normally get possums ect out of house.
many of them use humane methods to get the animal out unharmed.
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Old January 25 2010, 06:05 AM   #5
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Re: Stray cat stuck in my house

We'll try doing the same thing ourselves first. Definitely want to humanely trap it and hopefully spay it. Not going to keep it for several reasons. Landlord doesn't allow cats, already have two cats at my parents house, housemates aren't huge fans of cats. Also, the fact that it's fully grown definitely has some weight. It's easier to get a kitten to accept you as owner compared to a fully grown cat that's been independent all its life.
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Old January 25 2010, 06:05 AM   #6
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Just activate an electric can-opener.
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Old January 25 2010, 06:08 AM   #7
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Re: Stray cat stuck in my house

the above reasons are good reasons (landlord ect) not to keep the cat .
but i have had no problem the vast majority of time taking in a full grown cat.

but yeah food can be a big motivator for a cat unwilling or scared to come out.
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Old January 25 2010, 06:20 AM   #8
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Re: Stray cat stuck in my house

The cat was coming out for the food, but it decided the risk wasn't worth the reward. It worked a couple of times, though, and it might again.

Things like shaking cat food or an electric can opener obviously wouldn't actually work because the cat's never heard those sounds before.
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Old January 25 2010, 06:26 AM   #9
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oh yeah..
water and /or milk..
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Old January 25 2010, 06:28 AM   #10
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We were using milk. Ended up with milk all over the floor and the lovely blanket there that the cat was on getting soaked when we tried to catch the cat that way.

The only thing that was working was luring it step by step out the door, but it spooked at the last second and ran back up two flights of stairs.
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Old January 25 2010, 06:31 AM   #11
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hmm ..
i would give the cat water any way while still trying to lure it with food.
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Old January 25 2010, 06:34 AM   #12
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I'm going to try getting some sleep instead. Tomorrow, I'll get a cat cage, try and lure it with food, and hopefully that'll work. If it fails, I'll call animal control and see if they'll give me a squirrel trap or something.

I put a bit of food out to see if it'll eat it. If it's gone tomorrow, I know it didn't spend the entire night hiding.
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Old January 25 2010, 06:46 AM   #13
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Old January 25 2010, 07:09 AM   #14
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Old January 25 2010, 08:01 AM   #15
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The cat was coming out for the food, but it decided the risk wasn't worth the reward. It worked a couple of times, though, and it might again.

Things like shaking cat food or an electric can opener obviously wouldn't actually work because the cat's never heard those sounds before.
I think cats might just be interested by certain rattling/crinkling noises, even if it's not associated with food. Or it might scare them. It probably depends on the cat.

Just FYI, I've been told that adult cats are lactose intolerant and you can end up with ... quite a mess. I'd stick to water if I were you!
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