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.

Feral Cats 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.

Feral Cat TrapTrap-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.

Feral Cat TrappedEvery 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)

 

Ear Marked CatA 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.

Upcoming Events

Operation Catnip Stillwater spayed/neutered 81 community cats at our clinic on Sunday, May 4th! Thank you to all of our volunteers, caregiver and trappers that helped make the clinic possible!

That brings our total to 519 community cats spayed/neutered by Operation Catnip Stillwater in 2014 and 912 community cats since our first clinic! Great work everyone! We still have a ways to go to reach our goal of spaying/neutering 1,600 cats in 2014 but we know we can do it with your help! Our next clinic is on Sunday, September 14th - be sure to mark you calendars! Be on the look out for information on how to register community cats and to sign-up to volunteer in August.

Operation Catnip Stillwater Outreach has officially started! We are partnering with local veterinarians to provide trap-neuter-return services during the summer and in between our clinics. We are currently partnering with the Shelter Medicine Program at the OSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. A $30 fee is required for this program. This fee goes towards supplies the clinic uses to provide the services (spay/neuter, vaccinate and ear tip). This fee is so low because the veterinarians donate their time and skills for free! Please contact us for more information if you are interested in getting a community cat spayed/neuter and vaccinated this summer - operationcatnipstillwater@gmail.com or 405-338-5184.