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Registration Questions

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What is a community cat?

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.


What happens if I have community/feral cats, but I do not have any traps to safely trap them?

If you wish help fight overpopulation by trapping your own community cats, OCS would love to provide you with our humane traps! Each trap costs Operation Catnip Stillwater $50 to purchase; therefore, we ask that you leave a deposit check for $50 per trap that you borrow. We will not deposit your payment unless the traps are not returned within 1 week after the clinic. Stillwater residents are exempt from this policy, but are subject to a visit from animal control if traps are not returned by the due date.


What should I do if I wish to bring some cats to this upcoming clinic?

Please register your cats prior to picking up your traps! Please fill out this our quick reservation request form under "registration link"


Where is your trap depot located?

Our Trap Depot is located behind Stillwater Animal Welfare at 1710 S. Main Street near the back parking lot to the left of the building. You will see a tan shed with our sign on it. 


What are the standards for the traps I can use?

Each cat MUST come in a safe individual humane wire trap. We will not accept cats in carriers, cardboard boxes, unsafe traps, etc. This is for the safety of our volunteers and to keep our clinic flowing efficiently. We have a numbering system on our traps that ensures cats get back to the right trappers. 


What time should I drop off the cats that I have captured?

Check-In for the clinic will be between 7:30 and 9:30 the morning of the clinic. YOU MUST 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 you arrive at the clinic - the first cats to arrive will be the first cats done and will therefore be ready to go home first and so on. However, this can change if the cats have a suspected infectious disease. Any cats that have suspect URI or ringworm will be moved to the end of the line. 



If you have any more questions about registration or have general trapping questions, please contact our caregiver liaison. Nicole Turvey can be reached by email at or by phone at 918-606-0340. If calling, please leave a detailed voicemail with available call back times.