Part of Ireland's TNR Manual
How to Help Community Cats
You should purchase your own TNR Kit, and certainly will want to eventually if you continue over the long term. But if you're just starting out, or are implementing a larger project than usual, it's advisable to borrow from other groups, rather than investing in equipment you won't use often. Keep in mind you can often borrow volunteers from other groups for larger projects.
Here's a list of basic equipment you'll need for a small to medium trapping endeavour. And we've included links to more detailed information and for downloadable paperwork pdfs where available.
- 4 traps
- 4 hospital cages
- 2 queening/medium cages
- 1 crush cage (most feral-friendly vets will have one of these, so you may not need your own)
Other Equipment Needed by TNR Groups
- Multi-cat Trap and/or Drop Trap (optional but extremely useful)
- TNR Planning Form (tracking the colony)
- TNR Consent Form (legal consent from the caregiver)
- TNR Equipment Labels (so your equipment is identifiable as yours and doesn't walk)
- TNR Leaflets (for public info - may still be available from Feral Cats Ireland)
- TNR Going On Here Poster
- Colony Care Factsheet (for colony caregivers)
- Resources List (web pages, books, organisations, funding info, etc)
- Vet Pack
- Miscellaneous Essentials
- A friend, Bait, Forks or spoons, Small food storage containers, Dry and canned cat food, Cable ties, Bin bags, Trap & cage covers, Wet wipes, Tools, First-aid kit, Newspapers, Gauntlets, Head torch, Flashlight, Mobile phone, Camera, Vehicle protectors, Bungee cords, Litter trays, Food & water bowls, Heat lamps/Heat pads/Hot water bottles, Bedding, Disinfectant, Drinking water & snacks, Appropriate clothing and footwear, Patience.
- Optional Extras
- Baby monitors or walkie talkies, Binoculars, Laser pointer