For the first time since the summer of 2014, we have captured a cat that was hanging around some businesses and looked like it needed help. My husband is the one who spotted her (and the last one - he has a good eye for cats in distress). He had spent time the previous two nights trying to lure her with food and gain her trust, but she was understandably skittish.
Tonight we bought a 50¢ can of cat food and went together to see what we could do. I actually brought my live trap, but she was relaxed enough that she let us both pet her while she was eating. When she was about halfway through the can of food, I scooped her up and put her in my car without incident.
She wasn't thrilled with the car ride, but that just translated into some meowing. She actually climbed onto the seat and rode in the dog's elevated car seat most of the way home.
Once I pulled into the garage, I turned off the car and we petted her to make sure she was calm enough to catch again and bring into the house. Because the dog and the other cats are so nosy, I wanted to bring her in through the back basement door, so I put her into one of the cat carriers that was already in the garage.
We set her up with a choice of cat beds, the rest of her can of food, some dry food, a bowl of water, and a litter box.
I have a pretty busy day tomorrow, but I'll squeeze in some time to take her to my vet to be scanned for a microchip. She is so friendly that she must be someone's pet, so I hope we can get her back to her family.