Thoroughly familiarize yourself with the Trap-Neuter-Return process and plan ahead for your trapping day. Work through all the steps before the big day so you can reduce your own stress and ensure the well-being and safety of the cats.
Work together with others who may be feeding the cats to get feeding on a schedule and in a specific area so as to make trapping easier for you and the cats. You will want to place the traps in this area. Do not place traps out in the open. Place under shrubs, small trees, corners of buildings, etc.
Assess the colony to determine how many neuter/spay appointments and traps you will need. Trappers should have one trap per cat and, to be effective, plan on trapping an entire colony at once. Cats will get trap savvy when they have been exposed to trapping several times.
Have a date of surgery scheduled and plan to trap the evening before surgery. Also keep in mind to find a safe location where you can hold the cats while they recover after surgery.
Gather together everything you will need ahead of time and make sure the traps are in working condition. Practice opening and setting the trap before you begin. Withhold food 24 hours before trapping to ensure the cats will come looking for dinner, and you are ready to start!
Once trapped, cats can be held overnight and fed in the traps the evening before surgery. The traps can be covered and than transported to the clinic the next day.