TO GET HELP
fastest way to get started on your colony is if you are willing to do the "leg
work", i.e. trap and transport the cats to the vet. Since this option is a little
more expensive than using one of our clinics, there is a $50/cat fee. In order to
get this rate, you will make a donation to FFF and FFF will pay the bill for veterinary
services. This way, the donation is tax deductible for you. Need help with the fee? Click here to find
out how you can fundraise for your colony cats.
You MUST use one of the following participating FFF
- Forsyth Veterinary Hospital, 2556 S. Stratford Rd.,
- Animal Hospital of Lewisville, 6260 Shallowford Road,
- Lawndale Veterinary Hospital, 4314 Lawndale Dr., Greensboro,
FFF will not be responsible for charges to veterinarians other
than the ones listed above. FFF will not be responsible for charges to veterinarians
DO NOT TRAP UNTIL A PLAN HAS BEEN MADE. The following steps need to
You must notify FFF of the time and date of your appointment.
If you need to borrow traps, you will arrange that with the FFF representative that you
have been working with. There is a $50 refundable deposit required for trap loan. We will
give you instructions on how to use the trap when you pick it up. (You may also wish to
pre-pay for the cats that you plan to trap. This can be done during the trap pick up.)
You will withhold all food for at least 24 hours prior to trapping in order to increase
the likelihood that the cat will enter the trap. Cats are often leery of anything new in
the environment so they need to be hungry to overcome the fear of the trap.
It typically is best to trap the evening before your appointment. This ensures that the
cat has had no food since midnight the day before the surgery.
Follow the trapping instructions provided to you by FFF. You can visit our website for a
pictorial reminder of how to set the trap http://www.forgottenfelinesofforsyth.org/TrapInstructions.htm.
Dont forget to cover the trap with a large towel as soon as the cat has been
You MUST hold the cat in the trap overnight inside where the temperature is reasonably
controlled and there is absolutely no chance of a wild animal having access to the trap.
(Please visit our website for graphic depiction of the importance of this step http://www.forgottenfelinesofforsyth.org/Trap2.htm)
Setting the trap in the bathtub overnight works well.
Rather than naming a cat or using your name at the vet, in order for FFF to keep up with
the number of cats TNRd at each colony, we use a tracking number. This number is
typically the street name on which the colony is located, followed by a consecutive
number. For example, if the colony is located on College Ave and this is the first cat you
have trapped there, use the tracking number College Ave #1. Please check with your
FFF rep before using a colony name to be sure that we have not already got a colony with
that name. If we do, we will add a modifier to the name, such as College Ave
On the morning of the appointment, transport the cat in the trap to
the vet. Most vets require that the cat arrive between 7:30 and 9:00 am, but ask in
If you are unsuccessful in trapping the cat as planned, you must call the vet as soon as
possible to let them know that you were unable to trap the cat and to cancel the
Be sure to let your FFF representative know whether you have trapped your cat OR NOT so
that we can pay the bill promptly.
When you pick up your cat, you will hold it in overnight. You can feed that cat in the
trap. Give small portion of canned food with a little water in it several times while the
cat is being held. (Be sure to learn the safe way to do this during your trapping lesson).
While the cat is recovering in the trap, you need to monitor him/her. Call your FFF rep
if you have any questions. Call the vet immediately if you notice any bleeding or other
Males can be released the following morning. It is generally best to hold females until
the following afternoon before releasing them.
If you have not prepaid, you can make your donation to FFF when you return the trap(s)
to your FFF rep. Please return traps promptly so they are available for other clients.
- After discussions with an FFF representative, and you have decided to
trap and transport yourself, we will approve a few cats at a time at the vet that you
decide to use.
- Once we notify you that you have been approved to take a cat to the
vet, you will need to call and make the appointment at a time convenient to you and the
can make a difference!
All donations to FFF are tax-deductible
Forgotten Felines of
PO Box 11363
Winston-Salem, NC 27116