Community Cat Programs Handbook: Managing Stray and Feral Cats
Introduction Unsocialized cats should not be handled when conscious and therefore require special care when recovering from surgical sterilization (or any surgery). However, by the time cats are picked up from the clinic (in the same trap used to drop them off), they have generally regained consciousness. They may or may not be moving around in the trap at this time. To minimize stress on the cats, make sure the traps are completely covered with a sheet or towel.