What areas of my area is my cat hiding? The favorite place for a hiding cat is an area with no other animals, but with access to food and water. Indoor cats are often found within a 5-house radius of their own home. They might change locations if threatened by a dog or cat, but once they spend some time in an area, they’ll most likely stay put. If your cat is a skittish outdoor car, there is a greater chance it will b e found within its territory which can range in size from several acres to a couple of yards or less for a city cat. If you know the area your cat spends time, concentrate your search in this area, then move out from there. Is it ok to trap on a neighbor’s property? Ask permission before trapping on anyone’s property. On the day that you trap, remember to leave your contact information in case they need to reach you How can I get my neighbor to allow me to trap? Some neighbors won’t be sympathetic to your dilemma. Be respectful of your neighbor’s privacy. Ask them which times are best to set up and pick up the trap. Express appreciation for their cooperation. If a family is resistant to trapping, they can still be helpful in other ways. Some neighbors won’t allow trapping, but might allow searches on foot. How often should I check the trap? If you leave your trap out overnight, check it early the next morning, especially if it’s in a hot area. Set it late so any trapped animal is confined for only a short time. When trapping on your own property, leave your windows open at night or try setting up a baby monitor so that you can hear if the trap closes. How often should I move the trap? If you’re getting opossums or raccoons for 3 nights in a row inside your trap, keep trapping in the same spot until you catch nothing at all. Then move your trap to a new spot and repeat the process. Once you’ve completed trapping in the area of interest, you may have to retrap the came circuit, or decide to widen the search ara. Early on, your cat will be less hungry and more careful about entering a trap.