January 17, 2022

Schroeder Update 7

My previous post about trying to capture Schroeder can be found here.

Yesterday was a frustrating day. I got up, went to the bathroom, and fed the cats. As I began fixing breakfast, I noticed that Charlie was staring out the back door. Sure enough, Schroeder was there, and I hadn’t put out the trap. It was a cold day (about 12 degrees), so I put out a bowl of food for the cat. Schroeder ate, though not all that much. After his snack, He sat for a time under the deck, a few yards from the back door. Since any water nearby would be frozen, I put out a bowl of water as well. Schroeder seemed uninterested.

After Schroeder went away, I put out the trap and a cat shelter that my own cats have never used. I thought the shelter might be attractive in the bitter cold. (See photo below,)

Cat Trap & Shelter

My visitor did not return. Snow began falling about 3 PM, and it was supposed to continue for 24 hours or so. Since I didn’t want to drive to the animal shelter in the snow should I trap Schroeder, I brought the trap inside.

This morning, there is at least six inches of snow on the ground, and it’s still snowing. Cat trapping will resume tomorrow.

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