A lockable trapbox for prebaiting and trapping cats
Trap boxes are wonderful things to build and keep on-site at locations where you are
constantly trapping. The cats can be fed inside the box, either without traps inside
or containing wired-open traps with the back doors (if they have them) removed.
The trapbox above is right outside the door of our barn, only five feet from the roadway.
People walk by it daily, and never question what it is.
Because the box is locked with a padlock, traps are less likely to be tampered with. If you throw a
few old tools, etc. on top of one of these, they just look like a toolbox or storage box.
Who is going to expect you to be trapping cats in a big box?
There are holes in both ends of this trap box. I would suggest making the holes smaller
than shown here. Then there will be more protection from the wind if you also wish to use the
box as a shelter.
The reason for having holes at both ends is so that if a cat or kitten is inside and another animal
comes along (raccoon, aggressive cat) , the cat eating inside can escape.
If you are prebaiting and you own traps with a removable back door, the cat can come in either
end (through the back door which you have removed entirely, or the front door which you have wired
This trapbox will hold two traps. It is important to build the box large enough to hold traps
with the trap doors open (which makes the trap slightly longer). When I am actually trapping, I put
a piece of plywood between the traps. If I catch a cat and a skunk, we have no unpleasant arguments.
I also block off the holes on the end that is not leading directly into the trap, so cats don't
spend their time poking around the back end of the trap.