Introduction: Cat Trap

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A simple dead-fall style trap that will capture a cat without hurting it.

Step 1: Materials

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These are the materials I used simply because they were on hand. The whole machine is very simple so substituting your own materials will not be a problem.

>Milk Crate
>2 Markers

Step 2: Assemble the Trap

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1. Attach the bait to the wire.
2. Attach one end of the wire to the inside of the milk crate. I centered it on the bottom.
3. Prop the milk crate up the markers. Make sure the wire is between the edge of the crate and the top marker.

Step 3: Wait

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Sit back and wait. Sooner or later a cat will come and investigate. Then the fun begins.

Step 4: Success!

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When the cat pulls on the bait, the milk crate will fall down, trapping the curious creature. My cat fell for it five times - she kept springing the trap when I was trying to take pictures.


HLightning11 (author)2016-02-09

i used a laundry basket and a homemade toy from beads & string, taking the lid off thetop marker and wrapping the string then closing the marker

How does it spring to catch the cat.

wolfmaker (author)2017-03-10

i made one with wood and i use cargo net that was small in size as in smaller grids made out of rope also added a sliding door that slides up the back has as a small plank with a small door hinge that is to keep it from moving as u will add some weights on the plank. the sliding door is to get them out in to a smaller cage one by one with this one i can get 5 cat up to 7 i think at the same time i use some cat food fish flavor to get then to go in to it to hold it up you only need a wood rod that kinda looks like this Y the v part would be smaller in length then a long string. you could add a hinge to the rod but the hinge need to bend only one way not both ways to help to get the rape to go down better tie the sting to the hinge part but it i will work fine with out it To get then to go in the small cage i covered the big trap with cloth draped it over then put the smaller cage right up to the big trap cover the small cage as well but not the back part left that uncovered so that the cat will think it has a way out after one cat went in the smaller cage i closed the big trap door and the small cage then got the next cage and did the same thing one by one all that cat got in to there cage to get them fixed i will make a new one because the old one i gave it away

u can use a cardboard box but this will need some weight on the top front part not to much weight so that it drops down faster also u need a weight for the back so u will need a bard u can use cardboard to make one get a one foot width and maybe like 2 feet long or 3 feet rectangle piece then fold it in half then glue half of it in the back side to keep the box from moving when that cat is in also for when u pull the sting.

On my next one i thinking of using pvc pip and still cargo netting i will put some sand in the bottom rount tubing to give some weight when it going down on the cats also add the a plank with door hinge i will bolt it on with flat head bolts this will need a allen wrench for the door same sliding door that will slide up and down the sliding part still working on how i will get it to slide up and own

LisaB303 (author)2016-08-05

I made this with the same items but I changed the design. The only item that I changed was the milk crate. Since I don't have one I used a cardboard box. I placed tuna in a bowl as the bait and I used the string to pull on the markers when the cat started to eat.but I love this. I've caughten two feral kittens that way!!!!i thanks for putting this up made it! (author)2016-07-15

1 crate, two bricks, some binding wire, a piece of bamboo and some string. Thread the string outside of the crate so it has the correct direction of pull on the stick then drop it in through the top, and bait it.

paul the maker (author)2016-07-06

needs to be weighted

CraftAndu (author)2015-11-27

Istructions unclear, I´m stuck in milk crate! Please help!

3967 (author)2015-11-21

What is the purpose to trap a cat you already have at home? :) the easier Soloution , place a new cardboard box near the cat and the cat will sit in shortly. Its important that the box is new so the succsessrate is nearly 100%. Cats love small containers even when they dont fit in :) (google If It Fits I Sits cat meme). greetings

MelPhleg (author)2015-11-06

This might work for a tame cat. But I doubt it will work for a feral cat. They'd go crazy wild & try to get out, bouncing & clawing off every surface. It'd not be heavy enuf for the antics of a scared feral. Nor work for a feral kitten. The handle gaps would need to be firmly covered. Quick way - Cardboard & duct tape, both in & out. May even have to close off the rest too. Kittens may be able to squeeze thru those other holes.

I've trying to find a simple, easy live trap for ferals in here, that would trap them without anybody being there, & not scare them too much, so they don't have that fraction of a second to dash out.

I've seen that happen when I caught two feral kittens, as they had jumped into the dumpster after it had been emptied, & couldn't get out.

I caught one with a towel, put it n a carrier that has a latch. Caught the other the same way. But when went to put the 2nd in the carrier, the first saw it's fraction-of-a-second-moment, & flashed right out the barely open door & was gone. Still watching out for it, but have no safe live trap meant for cats/kittens.

KittyKnight64 (author)2015-04-30

I wish I still had a cat.I would do this.

uffdabaybee (author)2015-02-07

I used one of those (but smaller) and put a pillow in it and put a old t-short over it so they have the neck hole to get into it!! She loves it!

mmd900 (author)2015-02-07


Reiff (author)2013-06-11

So, wait, why do we need to trap a tame house cat? Just wondering.

ajansen1 (author)2012-07-19

Instead of the feathers I tied a piece of meat on the string and it worked. Also instead of a milk crate I used a fish tank that I drilled hole into. Because if you trap a cat in a milk crat they can walk and the crate moves.

nartyteek (author)2011-08-18

In my country, cat catches you! Sorry, had to do it.

IdahoDavid (author)2006-11-07

Very ingeneous. I wonder where I could get a big enough milk crate to catch moose?

Cryptonat (author)IdahoDavid2008-02-22

Did you try using a milk crate truck? Same concept, you just may need bigger markers to prop it up with....

Super_Nerd (author)Cryptonat2011-07-13

I think by then it would be cheaper to buy a moose.

Music man (author)IdahoDavid2011-04-10

Wouldn't it be easier to shoot the moose

ndauer (author)2011-06-18

I kind of want to try this now...

hydrnium.h2 (author)2008-12-29

One Word: Cement

Thundertydus (author)hydrnium.h22009-02-22

Two words: Maple Syrup

Warlrosity (author)Thundertydus2010-04-04

Three words Maple Cement Syrup

Music man (author)Warlrosity2011-04-10

4 words- maple syrup and cement

Warlrosity (author)Music man2011-04-11

Five Words: Absolutely.

Th3Snip3r (author)Warlrosity2010-04-10

no thank you. lol

bigmark (author)2009-01-15

thank you!! i will use this when its time to get her fixed.

Music man (author)bigmark2011-04-10

An explosion of kittens. It's better than radiation because it can scrab u with it's claws

Thundertydus (author)bigmark2009-02-22

I want your kittens, the one at the bottem with the half caramel half black

Sypran (author)2008-02-21

i can definatly use this with my cat... she is new to my home, and she escaped one room but she shows herself at night (i dont know where she hides during day) but with this we can get her and put her back ijn the room to get used to us (and hopefuly not escape again)

quesoman (author)Sypran2010-04-04

When i first got my cat i sat in the bathroom with him and pet him untill he would come to me.

Music man (author)quesoman2011-04-10

When I first got my cat it was a kitten so it lived in a hamster cage. What??!?!!!? He was a small kitten

aceLED (author)Sypran2008-02-21

you should tie a bell to your cat that worked for mine but be warned it can get annoying after awhile :P

bruno13069 (author)aceLED2008-11-14

My friend put a bell on her cat's collar. The cat learned how to walk on 3 paws, with the right front one holding the bell silent. ;)

Sypran (author)aceLED2008-02-21

we tryed that... she got it off within 10 min...

sojakai (author)Sypran2008-04-01

You should see about those whistle/clap keychains. Fasten it to the ring on the collar, but make sure that it doesnt hang down too much or shorten the chain on it...or use a smaller ring. Then, when you need to find the cat, just clap or whistle.

Sypran (author)sojakai2008-04-01

she is used to us now so we dont need it...i mean all you have to do is look on a persons bed and you will find her sleeping on it

tippymcstagger (author)Sypran2008-02-22

I find that leaving cats alone lets them get used to me the quickest.

Music man (author)2011-04-10

Damn if only I had the cat. Lol. I have one 2 infact no intention of trying this on them though

naruto the ninja13 (author)2010-04-01

wait i thought deadfall traps were when you covered a pit in camoflauge and traped things that fell through the camo (like digging a hole in the beach and putting a towl over it so when people stepp on the towl they fall into the hole)

yeah but nobody is gunna step on someone elses towell

That's really fun a the beach, true. Just got to dig the hole so deep but before the person you're gonna trap arrives. Plus someone could get hurt.

jacko622 (author)2010-08-08

So you can use this with different kinds of small mammals just switch the bait?

the mechanical engineer (author)2010-04-08

hmmm.. very nice. i can see my rabbit problem going away very quickly

alterecho7 (author)2008-11-17

cool well i dont have a milk crate =-(

If you dont have a milk creat use a card board box

jongscx (author)seasonticket12562008-12-04

or a laundry hamper...

hellstudios (author)jongscx2009-02-01

or anything box shaped LOL.

jongscx (author)hellstudios2009-02-01

I have a round laundry hamper... What now HS?!? Yeah! take that! :-p

Thundertydus (author)jongscx2009-02-22

use pants cut into a square then soak it in concrete

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