Addi came upstairs today upset because London had determined that she was the sole possesor of all good ideas and Addi's ideas were stupid. So, I had to ask, after reassuring Addi that London was mistaken, "What idea is London calling stupid?" Addi responded, "Remember that stray cat that keeps coming in the back yard? I wanted to catch it so I was building a trap and London says it won't work."
So, I had to go and take a look at Addi's cat trap. She had the basics down: yarn for bait cause cats like yarn, a tote for a trap and a cardboard box to hide behind so the cat wouldn't see them, and with a few refining pointers from her old man these were the finished products.
I then gave them some pointers on trapping:
- Trapping takes a long time because of the "people smell" on the traps. Be prepared to sit out here for quite a while till the wind blows the scent away.
- Cats are smart and have really good eyes. If you move they will see you and run away, so no hitting each other while you wait.
- Cats are smart and have really good ears. If you make noise they will hear you and run away so don't call each other names while your waiting.
- Make the strings long enough that you can sit in the shade because you'll want to be comfortable while you wait out here for so long.
Then I went inside to take a nap.
London came upstairs half-an-hour later to inform us that "my trap is a piece of junk. It's not as good as Addi's."