TNR In Practice With Nottingham Cat Watch

Nottingham Cat Watch were contacted by a member of staff on a busy industrial site. They reported to us that there were numerous cats living on the site; under porta cabins in one area and other cats living separately at different corners of the site.

The site itself was very busy. It housed lots of heavy machinery which was constantly on the move. Luckily, there were lots of staff members who fed the cats and kept an eye on their welfare. They cared about the cats and wanted them to be happy and health. Unfortunately, due to the ever increasing numbers of cats, management on site were becoming concerned.

The cats appeared in good condition, with no immediate signs of injuries or obvious illness. Staff had already been rehoming a large number of kittens that were previously found on site but could not keep up with the amount of kittens being born.

The staff were crucial to helping us get the cats into a feeding routine, so that we could keep them in one place regularly for trapping.


The first TNR started on site on 19th May 2021. As the area was a busy, working industrial site, the team all wore reflective clothing and appropriate PPE whenever on location.

The team set traps in the area of the porta cabins where a number of cats where staying.

This area offered them the most regular feeders. We placed the traps for a week prior to trapping (not set). Staff were encouraged to feed the cats in the traps so that they were used to going in and out of them.

The cats were all total individuals. Some were shy, some very confident. Inevitably, the confident cats were caught first in our humane traps. The team used a range of wet cat food as the cats were not fussy at all when it came to food!

One cat that had been TNR’d very early on, became nicknamed Greedy Gonzales by the team because no matter what, he continued to eat all the trap food on a daily basis.

Using single manual traps and multi traps we could target specific cats who may looked injured. One cat had a limp but was very shy and particularly difficult to trap. Once finally trapped, it was health checked and given the all clear for TNR.

One of the staff also used one of their own auto traps. Approximately 7 kittens were rehomed by site staff during this TNR period.

The colony were blood tested and fortunately tested negative for FiV and FeLV. At the end of the process, 25 adult cats were TNR’d (5 males and 20 females). 7 kittens were taken to the local adoption centres as they were young enough to socialise and rehome.

Without the help of the staff on site, we would not have had such a successful result for these lovely cats.

One staff member said:

“This boy has become so friendly since he came back, he is all over me. All the cats seem really healthy and friendlier since being neutered.”

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