It’s never easy to relocate a community cat but if there is no other option then the relocation of feral/community cats must be done carefully.
Many people don’t realize you can’t take a feral cat and simply let them go in a new territory and expect they’ll stick around. Most of the time, they won’t. If you have determined the cats must be relocated, please follow the following guidelines to increase the chance of success:
If a cat escapes during the confinement period, make sure food and water are left out and that their used litter (for scent) is sprinkled around the area. Cats often hide for a period of time but will stay close. Leave food and water to prevent them from leaving in search of food.
When the cats are ready for release, continue feeding in the same area and on the same schedule as before.
Don’t be alarmed if the cat makes an initial run for a hiding place – typically they will run and hide after initial release.