I started looking for a humane animal trap in spring 2011 after a wild cat repeatedly showed up at my farm during a series of snowstorms, and I bought this Havahart 1085 Easy Set One-Door Cage Trap for Raccoons, Stray Cats, Groundhogs, Opossums and Armadillos.
The cat was very sick, and, unfortunately, stopped coming by for food – likely due to my neighbors getting a husky, which has been terrorizing all the farms in the area, so I never was able to catch the cat. But, he wasn’t my first wild cat to show up. In fact, 13 cats have appeared on my doorstep and stayed since the recession started. I require all the drifter cats to be spayed or neutered, so we don’t wind up with more cats, so the strays need to be caught, but many are feral. I’ve been bitten twice, and the last time, in March 2011, didn’t end well. If my doctor had had her way, I would have been hospitalized for several days. Which is when I decided to get this humane cat trap.
It is disassembled enough so it lies flat in a box. You have to put a few pieces together. The directions are easy to follow. Don’t panic, which I almost did. Just take it one step at a time; it’s about as difficult as assembling an artificial tree. Within less than five minutes, the thing will be assembled and work.
It’s sturdy and weighted well.
The company touts it as easy to use for first-timers. Yes, indeed. I fit that description. The only other thing I’ve trapped is mice in little humane traps. I was very intimidated. It’s really quite ingenious. I must have spent an hour playing with it after I got it out of the box.
It’s a good size for catching other animals, such as raccoons and skunks, as well.
My only problem is my cats are very curious and kept going in it intentionally when I had it stored in a handy place. I had to find a place to keep it where it was out of reach from them.
I recently used it to catch a new feral cat that I named Tony, a male that had taken up residence on my porch. I put a few pieces of cat food in a dish, put the dish behind the trigger plate, put the humane trap on the porch and had barely walked away when he walked in the trap and was caught. I took him straight to an animal clinic in the trap, and the vets were able to transfer him to their unit in which they anesthetize animals, neuter him and put him back in the trap before he woke up. When I brought him home, I simply lifted the trap door and let him go. He left for about five hours but was back for dinner. He didn’t seem to hold a grudge.
I highly recommend this humane animal trap based on personal experience. I only wish I had bought it about four years earlier.