The Admissions Trap Checker covers uncovered traps, checks for multiple cats per trap, checks for safety and security; checks approval of personal traps, secures unsafe traps and affixes blue tape for ID and safety designation. A rabies vaccine is not required for this station.
- Anyone handling traps with conscious cats must wear leather gloves.
- Cats should not be able to see out of the traps.
- Be sure the cats stay covered except when needing access to the trap.
Admissions Trap Checker Instructions
Cover any traps that arrive uncovered. If the caregiver didn’t bring a cover, explain to them that covering traps reduces stress, then retrieve a cover to use from the Operation Catnip supply.
A properly covered trap looks like a ghost costume. When the trap is carried, the cover should hang at least a foot below each side so the cat cannot see movement and feels secure.
Notify the Admissions Captain, if multiple cats arrive in a single trap, or if another type of carrier is used. Cats may not be transferred into other traps on University property.
Make sure that each personally-owned trap has an approval sticker from Operation Catnip. Notify the Admissions Captain, if traps have not been approved.
Confirm personally-owned traps are labeled with the owner’s name. If the trap needs labeling apply a strip of blue masking tape on top of the trap and use a permanent marker to clearly write the caregiver’s last name.
Place an 8” strip of removable blue painter’s tape on the bite plate, if not already present. This provides for easier removal of the adhesive Trap Tag after the clinic. Be careful not to cover the metal trap label or Operation Catnip nameplate, if the trap is on loan.
Verify that each trap is properly closed.
Secure unsecured traps with zip ties. See Approval Criteria for Traps.
- Label traps deemed unsafe by placing a strip of blue painter’s tape on the trap.
- With permanent marker, write the caregiver’s name, the cat ID# and UNSAFE on the tape.
- Notify the Admissions Captain to inform the caregiver not to use that trap in the future.
Station Closing and Cleanup
When admissions is concluded:
- Inventory the remaining supplies and repack the supply kit.
- Return the kit, station instructions and any remaining items to storage.
- Clean the area and dispose of all trash.
- Wash all tables.
- Sweep or vacuum and mop the floors.