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Frequently Asked Questions

Operation Catnip Stillwater holds its clinics in the basement of Oklahoma State Veterinary Teaching Hospital. The hospital is located on the corner of Farm Rd and Western. Signs will be posted during the clinic. Please enter the doors on the West side of the building located near the Dumpsters.

Community cats are free-roaming cats within the community and are commonly un-socialized. Typically, community cats will form colonies around a food source and shelter. While classifying cats into defined categories can be a challenge; below are some commonly used terms to describe cats.

  • Free-roaming or Community Cat
    • Any cat allowed to roam outside. Includes both feral and stray cats
  • Stray
    • A cat the was once owned but is not currently. Typically is socialized and friendly
  • Feral
    • A cat that was born in the wild and never was socialized to humans. Untamed and evasive to human contact


Traps are available for rent at our Trap Depot. We require each cat to come in an individual trap. The Trap Depot is located behind Stillwater Animal Welfare at 1710 S. Main Street. For more infomation on hours and location visit here.

Each cat MUST come in an individual humane wire trap. We will not accept cats in carriers, cardboard boxes, unsafe traps, etc. This is for the safety of our volunteers, the safety of the cats and to keep our clinic flowing efficiently.

Check-in for the clinic will be between 7:30 and 9:30 the morning of the clinic. We require all cats to be registered to attend. You are welcome to bring the cats anytime during this period. Your pick-up time will be given to you at check-in. We base pick up times on when the cats arrive at the clinic - the first cats to arrive will be the first cats done. The first-in-first out method will change if the cat has signs of contagious diseases. Any cats that have signs of upper respiratory infections or ringworm will be completed at the end of the clinic to reduce the spread of disease.

We began requiring a $50 deposit for non-Stillwater residents for traps shortly after starting our program. The deposit serves to encourage caregivers to bring their traps back. Without this policy, our first few clinics had traps not returned to us. This deposit only applies to non-residents since animal welfare can assist in retrieving traps from Stillwater residents.

Furthermore, since starting this policy, we have had great success in getting back all of our traps each clinic. Aside from yearly wear and tear causing us to retire a few traps, we have not had to budget for replacement traps in many years.

No. OCS works hard to ensure we make times convenient for caregivers to return traps. Most years we have not cashed a single rental deposit check. We make every effort to allow caregivers time to return their traps. We understand transportation issues, family commitments, and work schedules. We will call and remind you to return your traps and can even make alternative times for you to bring your traps back. We understand if you may be delayed in returning your traps; however, we do expect to be able to be in contact with you regarding the delay.

Ear-tipping is the universal sign that the cat has been spayed or neutered.

Ear-tipping allows for identification of spay/neuter status from a visible distance, making it easy for caretakers, trappers and animal control personnel to immediately identify a cat as spayed or neutered. All cats through our program will be ear-tipped for these reasons. We remove 1/4 inch of the cat's left ear in a straight line. This procedure is performed while the cat is anesthetized, is relatively painless, involves little to no bleeding and does not significantly alter the cat's appearance.

Sorry your cats do not qualify for our program but that's great that you still want to help control the pet population and get them fixed! There are ample resources available throughout Oklahoma that you may qualify for. For a list of services please click here.