Hi, I'd like your further thoughts if possible, please.
I just made a sad discovery. Whatever is in my house has eaten almost all of a 2-week old kitten: remains are part of the head with an eye, the tail, and the tip of a paw. The predator went up to the loft, found the kitten at the back of a large cushioned box, and ate it. The remains are quite fresh but cold. It could even have happened at night (8 am here) while I was asleep in the loft, and the mother was beside me. The box is almost next to the bed. There was nothing to alarm either the mother or myself. Perhaps it happened earlier, but the loft was very hot yesterday, so I think it was during the night, otherwise the remaining flesh on the head part wouldn't be so fresh looking.
Does the above give you any further idea what the predator is?
I'm waiting to receive a trap, and think I'll ask for a second one.
I've put the mother and other kitten in a large plastic animal carrying box, with metall grill door (closed). The grill is 2cm x 2cm, and I've put transparent plastic tape over it front and back, and also along part of the slits along the sides. There's nonetheless enough air for both mother and kitten.
Is there a suitable predator that could eat through the plastic tape and get through the 2x2cm grill?
While waiting to catch it, is there an odour that would discourage it? It preferred the kitten to the cat biscuits. I deliberately left a flat dish of cat biscuits and a bowl of water at the bottom of the stairs last night, but they haven't been touched. No sounds of movement this morning since I came downstairs.
Whatever it is has sprayed urine in various places, but I think not higher than 10-15cm. I give my cats tinned food late evening, and when there's some left I cover the tin carefully, and it stands on top of the washing-machine. One night recently I forgot to cover it and in the morning found it on its side, still on top of the washing-machine, but with the contents neatly - I suppose - eaten. Nothing else was disturbed.
Be glad of your reply.