Welcome to Operation Catnip Stillwater!
Operation Catnip Stillwater is a non-profit organization providing high volume, no-cost spay/neuter and vaccination services to the free-roaming community cats of Stillwater, OK through Trap-Neuter-Return.
- What is a feral cat?
- What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?
- How does TNR make a difference?
- Why tip the left ear?
A feral cat is an unsocialized free-roaming cat. A stray cat is a socialized lost/abandoned/free-roaming cat. Feral & Stray Cats = Community Cats. Community cats have little or diminished contact with humans creating a fear of us. Most community cats are so familiar with their outdoor life that they would not make good indoor pets. Community cats tend to form colonies around food and/or shelter, and some colonies have caregivers that try to reduce their suffering by providing food. These unaltered community cats compound the existing overpopulation problem but this problem can be greatly reduced through Trap-Neuter-Return.
Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the humane, effective way to help reduce the free-roaming community cat overpopulation problem. TNR helps to reduce the number of unadoptable cats brought to the shelter each year which further aids in reducing the euthanasia rate each year . The community cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped, and then returned to their original outdoor home. TNR helps to stabilize cat colony populations, improve the cats relationship with the community by eliminating the behaviors and stresses associated with mating, and reduces the risk of rabies transmission along with other transmissible diseases to our owned cats.
Every single female cat can produce 1 litter per year starting at maturity (as early as 5 months old) with an average of 5 cats per litter x 5 years (average lifespan of feral/stray cats) = 25 cats per year for a single female cat! Now multiple that number by 100s! (Information from Operatoin Catnip Gainesville)
A tipped ear is the universal sign for a sterilized community cat. This way trappers can identify the cats as sterile and not accidentally bring them in to another clinic to be spayed/neutered.