Friday, September 28, 2007

Tomahawk Trap

Tomahawk Trap
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Here's one of the Tomahawk traps that are used here for trapping. They are smaller than the big traps we use and the catch mechanism is a little different - the door has a catch on the top, and there's no ring system like the one we use.



Blogger VeganCatsg said...

I need to spray WD40 on current hinges before a trapping to prevent a failed trapping. Is this trapn better than our ring system? If yes, will cws be bringing in?

28/9/07 10:20 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I think it just catches differently at the top. It is possibly also a little too small I think - especially if the cat is to stay in the trap.

28/9/07 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SOS animals used the Tomahawk traps 7 years ago, vrery reliable but watch out for some sharp edges.

Compact and light weight, the small space is to prevent the terrified cat from gathering momentum in the cage to escape, hence cage hitting is kept to minimum but still no guarnteed of them not hitting and end up with blood and bruises.
highly recommended.

28/9/07 1:36 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

It did look like a good cage but the mechanism looked basically the same - a trigger plate. It just had a different way of catching at the top.

I think the main way to prevent the cats from getting upset (and we mention this in our workshops and was mentioned yesterday too) is to keep the entire trap covered. The main thing the cat doesn't like is being exposed - I don't think the size has as much to do with it.

28/9/07 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree, the cat in the cage should be covered to keep it calm and away from the rest still watching the one in the cage. Some cats have become so smart about cages they run the moment the see one.

28/9/07 2:17 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

And then it's a long trek to get them used to the trap again. One thing they mentioned at the workshop yesterday was to try mass trapping if one had the resources to do so - ie setting out as many traps as there are cats.

28/9/07 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

agree, this is to prevent sterilsied getting into the trap.
We had to keep distracting a few so we could trap another few...keep sorting them is exhausting.

28/9/07 5:10 PM  

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