Getting rid of a feral cat is not something usually attempted by a homeowner, but one couple was at the end of their rope.
Like many pet owners, they had a doggie door, to allow their dog access in and out of the home to “take care of its business” without waking them up late at night or first thing every morning. It was extremely frustrating, then, when they were awakened in the middle of the night by crashes coming from the kitchen. The husband grabbed up a golf club and the wife followed him as he ran out of their bedroom to see what was going on in their home. Grabbing for the light switch, they saw what had caused the ruckus: a feral cat.
They’d seen this cat roaming around the neighborhood. None of their neighbors claimed it was theirs, and no one seemed to be leaving food out for it. Someone had seen it rooting around in their garbage one night, but it was quickly chased off. Now, though, it had found access to their house, and was stealing the dog’s food and making a horrific mess.
They had successfully chased it out of the house that night and thought it was a one-time adventure. Unfortunately, the cat had other ideas. For three nights in a row, it came in and made a nuisance of itself. It would meow, hiss at the dog, help itself to food, knock over dishes, and spraying the walls. Night after night, they would chase it away. And day after day, they would clean up after it. The wife tried not to think too much about where that cat had been, how filthy it must be, and what kind of parasites it was bringing into the house. Each day, they would come up with another way to scare it off, but nothing worked. They just had to get rid of this feral cat.
On the third night, they trapped it, but it escaped. A new trap was purchased, and the husband devised a makeshift “catcher.” He got a long tube and pushed a loop of extension cord through it. That fourth night, it was fairly quiet, but they were sure the cat was still in the kitchen by the morning. Sure enough, a low growl and a hiss came from behind the refrigerator.
Grabbing up the stiff cardboard tube and extension cord, the husband left a loop of it hanging out of one end and held the other end tight. The extra cord just snaked behind him. First, he had to get the cat to come out from behind the refrigerator, so he banged one side until the cat streaked out the other side, leaping onto the counter. After several careful approaches, cutting off all escape routes, and ignoring the broken dishes, he was finally able to get rid of the feral cat by throwing the looped extension cord around its neck, pulling it just tight enough to keep the cat from escaping, and carrying it across the room to deposit the cat in a trap.
Now, all they had to do was find out what the laws said they could do with this wild creature. Until then, the cat sat there in their kitchen, snug in its wire cage and far away from the dog food or kitchen appliances.