So here we are at the end of week 2 in our attempts to capture one or more of Lew’s cats in a Have a Heart cat trap lent by Whiskers Animal Benevolent League. It was a decent week despite our failure to catch him.
Night 8: I can identify both cat and racoon prints, so we ARE feeding a racoon, but also we’re feeding at least one cat, and that cat is totaly RA. We set the trap and then went to Friendly’s to eat and when we came back the little bugger was there again! He went halfway up the stairs to the second floor, and then glared at us when Sam called him, before running away when Lew approached. At least now we have 100% confirmation that he’s alive. My sighting from February was sketchy in veracity to say the least, he was moving so fast.
Night 9: Heartened, we instituted an extra long session and headed back to Q, and Majere’s place where Sam has been staying to play Strife’s new game, Will to Power. Sam and a friend made stuffed shells that were awesome. On return to the trap, no cat. We reset the feeding station and left.
Night 10: O Hai Officer! Yes we have a reason to be hanging out in this parked car. We’re trying to catch a cat. Yup that’s what the cat carrier is for. You have a nice night too!!! The local constabulary looked in on us while we were parked.
Night 11: We went to a Corned Beef fundraiser that my father’s Knights of Columbus chapter hosted, and I came home with leftovers, so, since corned beef is Ra’s favorite thing ever, we baited the trap with corned beef this night. It… didn’t help. Not putting out any kibble anymore. He can have the beef to keep him coming but Bruce says we need to get him hungry.
Night 12: We tried the corned beef again, since he DID eat it on the previous night, after we took up the trap. Still no luck. To help entice him to eat from the trap I left it opened, but jammed with the corned beef inside.
Night 13: Determined to get the little bugger we are basically pulling an all nighter. We drove home for a short sleep, but came back within 6 hours. The cat is always taking the bait after we go, so maybe it’s a timing issue we thought. By morning time tho, still no Ra. We went home for a second sleep, leaving the trap open in the hopes he’s been taking the bait in the day.
Night 14: We arrive back from our day nap, to find a note pinned to the carraige house door. It turns out the nice lady across the street has been feeding him, which is why he’s not hungry enough to go for the trap food. At least we know now. Coordinating efforts with her now.
We’re going to need to get a second trap to put under her porch, since he seems to hang out there a lot when he’s not at the carriage house. Going into week three with high hopes!!!