Second feral kitten captured, named “Not Jerry Coyne”

Stephen Barnard in Idaho has been trying to trap a feral cat and her two kittens; yesterday he succeeded in getting the second kitten, which appears to be called “Not Jerry Coyne” since the first one, caught two days ago, was named after me (“Jerry Coyne the Sixth“). The siblings (below) look very similar, though you can tell by their condition which was caught most recently. I asked Stephen how he caught the second one, and he appeared to have used the first kitten as bait.

I trapped another kitten, which I think is the last one. It’s an identical twin to Jerry Coyne the Fifth. No sign of the mother.

I’ll probably take this one to the shelter tomorrow morning. It’s a really good shelter, lavishly supported by rich animal lovers in the Ketchum/Hailey area.

They’re eating regular canned cat food. What worked was (1) putting the crate with Jerry Coyne the nth by the trap, and (2) setting a hair trigger on the trap. The two kittens are overjoyed at being reunited.

Not Jerry Coyne is on the right. It’s been eating like a pig.

For my part, I hope they can be kept together, as the first one has already been adopted, and maybe the nice tenant who took Jerry VI can also take Not Jerry Coyne.

Voilà! They look at lot like the original Jerry Coyne the Cat (bottom photo), reared by Kätzchenmeister Gayle Ferguson in New Zealand:

Jerry the First:


  1. Ron
    Posted June 12, 2017 at 7:18 am | Permalink

    If Jerry Coyne had kids, he’d probably be like George Foreman and name em all after himself! (just kidding)

    • John Crisp
      Posted June 12, 2017 at 7:53 am | Permalink

      Yes, should we be concerned about PCC’s dynastic ambitions?

  2. Randy schenck
    Posted June 12, 2017 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Very good job, using the mate for bate.

    The only advice I have on the mother is, don’t try the trap at night. All I got out of that was catching other types of animals. However, if you spot her in the area during the day, put the trap out with some food in there. I have had luck with that.

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted June 12, 2017 at 7:36 am | Permalink

      The only thing I wouldn’t want to trap is a skunk.

  3. rickflick
    Posted June 12, 2017 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    Well done Stephen!

  4. David Duncan
    Posted June 12, 2017 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Do they bite/scratch? Would they escape if they could?

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted June 12, 2017 at 9:50 am | Permalink

      One is bold and affectionate. The other (Not Jerry Coyne) is fearful. I saw this difference in behavior before I trapped them.

      • Posted June 12, 2017 at 10:02 am | Permalink

        Not Jerry Coyne probably needs some socialization. My ex used to work at an animal shelter and his mother trapped a kitten that was completely feral; this cat would try and attack you if you got near its crate. After a week of being around people, there was a turn-around and it became the sweetest animal you ever met.

        I hope Not Jerry gets a good foster home. It will help.

        • BJ
          Posted June 12, 2017 at 11:21 am | Permalink

          Yup, I would suggest that he be socialized first before being taken to the shelter, but, if that’s not possible, he may well be socialized at the shelter if it really is an excellent one. Many of the best shelters have socialization programs (I know only because I’ve volunteered for several of them as a “cat socializer”).

  5. BJ
    Posted June 12, 2017 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    Hooray for the Jerrys and not-Jerrys! I hope they find kind, loving homes with people that will always be there for them.

    Remember people: pets are for life, just like family 🙂

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