Outdoor Cat Info

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Working together,
are making a big difference!

Community Cat Action Team of Greater Waco
is a proud member of the Waco Animal Alliance.


Top 10 basic safety tips:

  1. Do not try to capture or handle stray cats.
  2. If you feed community cats, do not overfeed! Overfeeding (leaving food out more than 30 minutes at a time) exposes your cats because it establishes a reliable food chain buffet, attracting skunks, raccoons, dogs, hawks, owls AND additional area cats (which you probably aren’t prepared to take on for the rest of their lives).
  3. If you feed community cats in the evening, do not leave food out after dark. Collect all food and dishes when you’re done feeding your group. Keep the area very clean to avoid pests and picky neighbors.
  4. If you trap a skunk, notify Waco Animal Care & Control, 254.750.7500 or your local Animal Care & Control unit.
  5. If you’re doing TNR, avoid using a cat carrier. Use a humane live trap or a TNR loaner trap. Cats prefer the traps. (These are available for one week at Animal Birth Control Clinic with a $50 refundable deposit).
  6. If you have community cats in your neighborhood or at your business – start TNR immediately, before an additional litter is born which will need resources and care that is already thin. CONTACT US to find out how.
  7. The shelter will not accept healthy community cat. New, unfixed cats will move in to take their place at their existing place of food, water and shelter; the cycle won’t end. Instead, TNR! Cats are fixed, rabies vaccinated, get a left eartip for identification, and these “eartipped neighborhood cats” will protect their resources (food, water, shelter), and will discourage new cats from coming to that feeding location. Reduce the amount of food given as the colony size goes down. Leave food out only 30 minutes at a time, then pick it up; especially important after dark.
  8. For more tips TNR, please CONTACT US at www.FreeCatFix.org

Cats MUST be returned to their “home” where they were trapped.
We help you with Trap-Neuter-Return.
We don’t relocate cats.  Cats (like other creatures) attempt return.
We don’t provide rescue. (Pediatric kittens should remain near where they were found. The mother is watching and wanting them. They need their mother.)

Rabies Reminders

Trap-Neuter-Return is so important – not only in helping our community go No-Kill – but for the safety of our families and neighborhoods.
Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR, provides a “managed” group of non-reproducing, RABIES-VACCINATED neighborhood cats with the left eartip for identification.
FREE Trap-Neuter-Return at Animal Birth Control Clinic thanks to a partnership with the City of Waco. We encourage Waco citizens with a Waco Water Bill to immediate take advantage of FREE TNR!


How to Live with Neighborhood Cats


How to Help Feral Cats


The Vacuum Effect
If you read on, you’ll find this is smartest and most cost-effective solution to addressing free-roaming cat issues.

Also, read our CAREGIVERS CORNER for solutions to common cat complaints.


TNR is #1 on the list of proactive programs for a successful No-Kill community.

Why? CLICK HERE for the “No-Kill Equation”


CommC.A.T. of Greater Waco Goals

  • Offer humane resources and solutions to our community through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)
  • Stop the breeding of unwanted outdoor kittens born each year
  • Train and empower cat caregivers to manage their colonies well for all
  • Mitigate nuisance calls to Animal Care & Control with simple, inexpensive property-protecting tips
  • Unify to ensure the human safety without unnecessarily harming healthy outdoor cats.

CommC.A.T. of Greater Waco

Since June 2007, CommC.A.T. of Greater Waco has helped neighbors in the Greater Waco area with Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) resources and support.

TNR humanely halts outdoor cat overpopulation and makes our community a better place to live, work and play.

CommC.A.T. of Greater Waco is a 100% volunteer group. We embrace new volunteers! It is fun, join us!

CONTACT US to learn more about TNR.

CommC.A.T. of Greater Waco works to ensure that healthy feral cats can peacefully co-exist in a safe environment within our community by providing advice about TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN for outdoor cats.

Benefits of TNR include:

  • Healthier, shinier, nourished outdoor cats.
  • Less cat fights, roaming from feeding areas, yowling and territorial spraying.
  • Designated feeding areas are kept clean by dedicated caregivers.
  • No more sick litters of kittens.
  • Saves taxpayer dollars by reducing complaint calls to Animal Care & Control!

The “left eartip” is painless & performed at the time of surgery.

It provides identification to caregivers, neighbors, Animal Care & Control, and shelter staff if a cat should mistakenly end up at the shelter.

A TNR cat has been spayed or neutered, given a 3-year rabies vaccination, and is a member of a managed colony.


CommC.A.T. of Greater Waco provides

  • Online TNR resources!
  • TNR coaching to get caregivers started with TNR.
  • Trap & Transport assistance for the elderly and physically-challenged caregivers.
  • Trap Bank loaner traps.
  • Individual Caregiver Fundraising coaching.
  • Public Forums Hosting.
  • Public Resource Booths.
  • TNR-Technical Volunteer Orientations.
  • Trap Team workshops.
  • Donated cat food for the elderly and low-income caregivers (as available) for 100% managed colonies.
  • CAREGIVER MIXERS – Chat time for TNR Caregivers.  These provide networking, social time, colony care tips and moral support!

“If you’re gonna feed ’em, you need to fix ’em!”

CommC.A.T. of Greater Waco will show you how easy TNR is!
TRAP-NEUTER-RETURN


A special thank you to the following groups

  • Alley Cat Allies
  • Humane Society of the United States
  • Neighborhood Cats
  • Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
  • Indy Cats

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I am VERY satisfied with everything. Leo was kind of scared at first, but he has calmed down after getting him home. We couldn't believe the prices and everything that is included with the procedure, and everything was so helpful. The staff is soooo nice and was very explanitory about the post-op procedures and what to do in an emergency. Thank you ABC Clinic!!

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