I am a cat-trap junkie. I cannot even recall the days when I used to wrangle cats with gloves and substandard equipment, always in danger of being scratched, bitten, or having a cat escape. I never have to even touch a fractious or scared cat any longer, now that there are cage traps with back doors, feral cat dens, and the comb-like isolators.
However, there is always room for improvement, and Tomahawk has come up with some good ones. I love meeting up with them at conferences, because they always have something new for cats! (Apologies in advance for my somewhat-fuzzy photos).
Maybe some of you, like myself, have invested in kitten-sized traps, only to discover that those little teenage moms can squish right in there. Tomahawk has developed a kitten screen to let those tiny kittens in, but keep out the bigger adults. It's affordable at $20.
You'll find a video here.
And for those of you, like myself, who resort to duct-tape to keep those round doors on the feral cat dens closed, or who have discovered the cat has shut himself out of the den and now you are stuck with a peeved cat in a cage sitting on top of the closed den, Tomahawk has also come up with a spring that will not only hold the door closed, but hold it open.
And that wonderful toy we all have dreamed of owning....the remote control trap trigger:
It's $130.00, which makes it something most of us would need to save up for, but it is still far cheaper than previous versions that have been available. You'll find a video here.
(Dear family, I'll take any of these as a Christmas present next year).
Here is the page where most of Tomahawk's TNR equipment lives.
Here are their dens.
I was surprised to learn that the dens must be made one-by-one---the molds are handled by a single person. They aren't churned out by some huge machine, which is why the price is higher than you might assume, at $69.50. However, as a person who owns six of them, I can attest to the fact that both the cats, and myself, are safer and happier using them.
Unfortunately I was flying home, so I couldn't do my usual conference bargaining and come home with cool stuff for a reduced price. I usually wait until the conference is nearing a close to make an offer, so that others have a chance to get it first. I did ask about the isolator/divider, but someone else already had dibs on it. Ah well!