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Getting Cats Out from Under My Mobile Home?

I have found lots of great ideas for deterring cats from getting under my mobile home but my problem is getting the ones that are under there (and have gotten into my insulation) out before doing things like fixing the skirting and putting out lemon rinds. I don't want to block the cats in. How do I get the cats out?

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I have seen the ideas for putting out tuna but there are several strays and then the neighbors cat had 7-8 kittens (almost all of which look the same) that have grown and all moved under my house so if I did use the tuna I wouldn't know when they were all out.

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October 26, 20200 found this helpful
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In cases like this, you may need to get a cat trap and use the tuna in the trap. I would talk with animal rescue and see if they are willing to loan you a trap so that you can trap the cats that are under your home without harming them at all. I am not sure if you want to relocate the cats or just release them again in another location so they stay out from under your home. With one of these traps, you can trap your cats without harming them at all. You will bate the trap with some tuna or other types of food. When they enter the trap they can't escape.

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Then you can safely take the trap and release the cat again. You might need to get an animal rescue to take the cats away if they don't belong to anyone. This way they can rehome the cats and keep them safe. Winter is coming and it will get really cold under your trailer. Traps are not cruel and they will actually make it easier for you to trap the 7 or 8 cats you have under your trailer and hopefully, you'll be able to get them out and animal rescue will be able to find them all new homes.

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October 27, 20200 found this helpful
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It appears that over time these cats have made themselves a 'permanent' home under your mobile home; probably had kittens and are now settled in nicely - especially since the insulation is so convenient.

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I do not believe you can successfully do this without someone trapping and removing them one by one.

Many years ago, I bought a small trailer park as an investment. Some of the trailer homes needed repairs and all needed skirting and this was my first encounters with feral cats.
I consulted our local Humane Society for help, but, at that time, our area was not using a 'no kill' program and I just could not capture these cats and turn them in to be euthanized so that was not an option.
I did some research and found a 'cat rescue farm' within driving distance and asked them for help. I found they would accept the cats if I agreed to pay a small donation for a period of 6 months (each cat); this sounded reasonable but of course I had no idea as to how many cats were living under these homes.

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Long story but we used a couple of traps with canned tuna as bait and after about a month we had captured 12 cats. All were delivered to the 'cat farm' and I paid the donation as agreed.

Things are different now but your first step should be to contact your local Humane Society and see if they are under the 'no kill' law. Whether they are or not they will have suggestions on how to deal with your problem. Some area have personnel to help with feral cats but usually they will loan you a cage and will pick up cage when you call them to pick up.
Many area have a program where you trap cats and the Humane Society picks up, spays/neuter cats and return cats to same area as pick up.
Example:
www.marioncountyfl.org/.../cat-programs

There are generally several solutions once you catch a cat but you'll have to find out what is available in your area.

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Once cats are removed you will then need human help with repairing your insulation. This is necessary as it will help with controlling your heat and AC.
Hopefully you will have help but there are companies that do this type of mobile home repairs.
I would suggest starting on skirting even before cats are moved but leave at least one side open for rescue of cats.

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October 27, 20200 found this helpful

Sorry, I did not add these sites: found these sites and thought the suggestions might be helpful.
www.cuteness.com/.../rid-feral-cats-under-house
www.cuteness.com/.../keep-stray-cat-spraying-house

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October 25, 20200 found this helpful

There are a few natural things that you can try like - moth balls, lemon oil, cat repellent spray, calling for help, just to name a few - Here is a link to many other selections to help with your issue of these furry friends. www.tipsbulletin.com/.../ - After removing kittens try to enclose as soon as you can , even if it's just chicken wire as a quick fix.

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October 26, 20200 found this helpful

I haven't found any successful way to get rid of cats. You can try calling your local animal control facility.

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