Answers to your frequently asked questions…



What is a feral cat?

A feral cat is a cat who has either never had any contact with people or her contact with people has diminished over time. She is not socialized to people and survives on her own outdoors. Most feral cats are not likely to ever become lap cats or enjoy living indoors.

Outdoor cats have existed alongside humans for 10,000 years. They are not a new phenomenon. Feral cats are members of the same species as pet cats—and are therefore protected under state animal anti-cruelty laws.

The difference between feral cats and your pet cat is that they have had little or no contact with people, and so they are wary of us, and cannot be adopted. They have a home—outdoors. They live and thrive in every landscape, from the inner city to rural farmland.

Since feral cats are not adoptable, they should not be brought to animal pounds and shelters, because there they will likely be killed.

Isn’t it unsafe for feral cats to live outside?

The outdoors is the natural habitat for feral cats, and empirical evidence indicates they can live long and healthy lives:

Feral cat caregivers can take steps to make feral cats more comfortable, like neutering them, feeding them, and providing shelter. These steps promote the cats’ well-being, improve their relationships with neighbors, and assist the people who live nearby to understand and co-exist with the cats. However most feral cats don’t require intervention beyond Trap-Neuter-Return.

Why can’t feral cats be socialized and then adopted into homes?

A feral cat is a cat who has either never had any contact with people or her contact with people has diminished over time. They are not socialized to people and cannot be touched, except sometimes by a regular caregiver.

The ideal window for socializing feral kittens is 12 weeks of age or younger—beyond 12 weeks, feral cats may never socialize completely or at all. As a result, we do not recommend attempting to socialize feral cats older than 12 weeks—it is dangerous and stressful for both you and the cat.

Feral cats live healthy lives in their outdoors homes and the best thing you can do to help them is Trap-Neuter-Return. Outdoor cats that are friendly and socialized to people are called stray cats, and they can be re-homed.

What happens to feral cats when they are brought to most shelters?

Because feral cats are not socialized to people, they are unadoptable as pets. In most shelters unadoptable animals are killed. In fact, 70% of all cats who enter shelters are killed there, according to the most reliable data available. That number jumps too close to 100% for feral cats.

Why doesn’t removing feral cats from an area work?

Animal control’s traditional approach for feral cats—catching and killing—is endless and cruel, and it does not keep an area free of cats. Cats choose to reside in a location for two reasons: there is a food source (intended or not) and shelter.

Because of a phenomenon called the vacuum effect, when cats are removed from a location, survivors of the catch and kill effort and new cats who have moved in breed to capacity.

Cats have been living outside alongside people for over 10,000 years — a fact that cannot be changed.

What is the difference between a stray cat and a feral cat?

Stray cats are socialized to people and can be adopted into homes, but feral cats are not socialized to people and are happy living outdoors.

A stray cat:

  • Is a cat who has been socialized to people at some point in her life, but has left or lost her indoor home, as well as most human contact and dependence.
  • Can become feral as her contact with humans dwindles.
  • Can under the right circumstances become a pet cat once again. Stray cats that are re-introduced to a home after living outdoors may require a period of time to re-acclimate; they may be frightened and wary after spending time outside away from people.

A feral cat:

  • Is a cat who has either never had any contact with humans or her contact with humans has diminished over time. She is not socialized to people and survives on her own outdoors. Most feral cats are not likely to ever become lap cats or enjoy living indoors.
  • Can have kittens who can be socialized at an early age and adopted into homes.



What is Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR)?

Trap-Neuter-Return is the humane, effective approach for feral cats. Feral cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, and eartipped (the universal symbol of a neutered and vaccinated cat), and then returned to their outdoor home.

Socialized cats and kittens are adopted into homes. The colony’s population stabilizes — no more kittens! Trap-Neuter-Return improves their lives and their relations with the community: the behaviors and stresses associated with mating stop.

What is an ‘eartip’?

returning-healthy-feral-cats-2We use the word “eartip” to describe when a small portion of the tip of a feral cat’s left ear is surgically removed during neuter surgery, to denote that the cat has been neutered and vaccinated.

Eartipping is done while the cat is anesthetized and is not painful for the cat.

Eartipping is the most effective way to identify neutered feral cats from a distance, to make sure they are not trapped or undergo surgery a second time.

I have a cat / colony that needs TNR, what do I do?

If you know of a cat or colony that needs neutering, then please report it to us by clicking here. Thanks.



How do I go about sponsoring a cat?

To see a list of cats or colonies available to sponsor, please click here.

Within each of the cats’ profiles you will find more info about them and also the option to sponsor them.

Once you have chosen the amount you wish to sponsor, click the ‘Purchase’ button and you will be automatically guided through the payment process to complete your sponsorship.

Can I give sponsorship as a gift?

Yes you can.

If you would like to sponsor a cat as a gift for friend(s) or family, then once you have chosen your cat to sponsor, please remember to include the full name and email address of the person you are buying the sponsorship for in the Additional Information section on the checkout page.

As a Care 4 Cats Sponsor do I also receive membership benefits?

You will receive regular emailed updates and photos of your sponsored cat(s). If you visit Ibiza you will also be able to meet the cat(s) that you sponsor and see our work first hand, plus meet some of our volunteers.

Is my sponsorship one-time, or recurring?

All sponsorships are monthly recurring.

How long does my sponsorship last?

We do recommend keeping your sponsorship running as long as possible, and at a suggested minimum of 6 months. However you can cancel your sponsorship at any point should you wish.



Who can volunteer?

Anyone who wants to help Ibiza’s cats.

How do I apply to volunteer?

I can only offer one or two days a year. Can I still volunteer?

Yes, you can join in one of our fund raising events, like a long walk (if you live in Ibiza) or help us to sell a book of raffle tickets, and so on.

Do I need specific skills to volunteer?

No, most people make good volunteers if they just have the desire to help us to achieve our goal which is to have less cats on the streets. Over time we will succeed.

There are many ways you can help, either with learning to trap cats, in tandem with another person, as it is much better to work with another person at least when you are starting. Later you will be able to do this on your own, especially in your own area; or with helping our fundraisers with local events to raise money by manning a stall or finding things that we can sell etc.

If you are computer literate this is very much needed to help with our admin. You would do this from home. So please let us meet you and discuss the ways that perhaps you can help.

If I volunteer to come to Ibiza from the UK or anywhere in Europe and help with the TNR campaigns, what expenses will I incur?

First of all our campaigns are in the winter months from October to March, and you will be expected to pay for your air fare, which in winter time are much cheaper than in the summer months.

We go in the winter as the cats are not breeding, and the island is mostly free of tourists. However, accommodation is provided free in a modern apartment,with full cooking factilities so you can either stay in and cook your self any meals, or you can eat out and the cafes there are very cheap in the winter. We find that the volunteers usually do both. Usually they either all eat in or all go out together to a local cafe. So you will need to provide your own food.

Those two expenses are all that you will incur.

Can you accommodate groups of volunteers or corporate volunteering days?

Yes. We welcome corporate volunteering days, or if you have friends who also may like to volunteer. We need to have as many volunteers as we can get as these are the life of the charity and make it all work.

I’m not able to volunteer at Care 4 Cats but would I be able to foster any cats?

Yes of course. For more info on fostering click here.

To see which cats are in need of a loving new home, click here.

Or if you wish to apply to foster or adopt a cat, please click here.



I’m not able to volunteer at Care 4 Cats but would I be able to foster any cats?

Yes of course. For more info on fostering click here.

To see which cats are in need of a loving new home, click here.

Or if you wish to apply to foster or adopt a cat, please click here.

How do I go about fostering or adopting a cat?

You can find info about fostering and adoption in our fostering section.

To see which cats are in need of a loving new home, click here.

If you wish to apply to foster or adopt a cat, please click here.

How much does it cost to foster or adopt a cat?

Care 4 Cats will happily provide all needed items for fostering kittens from milk to weaning food a litter tray and litter or you can provide those items as a donation to Care 4 Cats. All vet costs will be billed directly to the charity.

Do you adopt to people outside Ibiza? If so which countries?

Yes, anywhere within the EU is quite easy to send a cat to. The cat receives the required passport, microchip and rabies vaccine as well as it’s core vaccines as well as being treated for fleas and worms your cost is €80 plus flight which is usually €40.

I live outside of Ibiza, how can I get the cat to me?

We advertise for a flight companion to carry your new family member on a flight to your country where you will meet them at the airport.

Do you adopt to people living in rented accommodation?

Yes, providing your rental contract allows for pets.

Do you adopt to families with another animal?

Yes, we make it a point to raise our foster kittens in a social environment that includes dogs and cats, animal lovers rarely have just one pet :).

Do you adopt to families with small children?

Yes, but it depends on the cat… some are more suited to life with small children and we want to make sure the cat in question is a good fit. We will also have a pre adoption meeting to see how the child or children interact with the cat.

Do you adopt to people living in a flat or who have no garden/outside access?

Yes, but is decided on a cat by cat basis taking their history and background into consideration and making sure the environment is suitable for the specific cat. We also have special needs cats that require an indoor only environment.

I work full/part-time will this affect my chances of adopting?

It will depend on the cat you wish to adopt, whether or not they have a buddy to keep them company while you are away as well as the social needs of the cat in question.

What if I can’t cope with my new arrival?

We ask that you return the cat or kitten to it’s foster home.

Is there someone I can contact if I need any help or advice?

Care 4 Cats is always just a phone call, email, or facebook message away and we are happy to help in any way we can.



How does my donation help?

Without your donations Care 4 Cats would not be able to carry out our year round, humane, cat neutering campaigns.

With more than 1,000 cats a year being neutered, the costs are very high as we have to pay local vets to neuter the cats as we do not have our own clinic, and also there is trapping equipment to maintain as it gets very heavy handling.

There are also many incidental unplanned expenses.

Without sufficient income to cover all these costs, we cannot sustain our work.

How do I make a donation?

You can donate with PayPal or Credit or Debit card through our website by clicking here.

The donate page also lists many other ways in which you can donate to us, including instructions for sending cheques, donating via bank transfer, and much more.

We also have specific appeals to which you can donate directly to on our website. View our appeals.

Can I make a monthly recurring donation?

Yes, you can do so in any of the following ways:

Can I donate in a currency other than € Euros ?

Yes. Once you have completed the payment process you will automatically be billed in your local currency (at the current exchange rate as set by PayPal).

I don’t have a PayPal account, can I still donate?

Yes of course.

If you wish to donate with a debit or credit card, you can do this via PayPal even if you don’t have a PayPal account. Just follow the normal checkout process on this site and enter your card details on the secure PayPal page as normal.

Alternatively, there are also many other ways in which you can donate. For more info please visit the Donation section, and in the right hand column you will see all the other ways in which you can donate. There you can click the one which suits you to see instructions on how to do so.

Legacy Gifts


What type of legacy would benefit Care 4 Cats most?

A residuary legacy would benefit Care 4 Cats the most as it is not lessened by the rate of inflation. A residuary legacy is the remainder of your estate after other specific bequests have been made.

Can I leave a specific sum of money to the Charity?

A specific sum can be left to Care 4 Cats. It is the simplest form of legacy. It is worth remembering that this can be linked directly to the cost of living, which means that it does not reduce over time.

Am I able to leave specific items to Care 4 Cats?

Gifts such as property, jewellery and antiques would be most welcome (we would normally sell any property to raise funds).

How do I leave a legacy to Care 4 Cats?

If you would like more information about remembering Care 4 Cats in your will you can request our free Gifts in wills booklet, which you can either download or receive by post.

Making a will is the only way of making sure that your property and possessions will go to the people and causes that you care about after your death. The information on this page is designed to help you, but we do advise anyone who is making or updating a will to get in touch with a legal professional to help you do this.
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If you wish to leave Care 4 Cats in your will but are not entirely sure of the best way to go about this, you may find this document useful. We suggest that you take this form to your Solicitor when making your will. You will then be able to discuss exactly how much to leave and the most appropriate form of legacy to arrange.

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Urgent Appeal

Eivissa Animal Centre Clinic Appeal

We’re appealing for funds for premises to convert into our own veterinary clinic with a full time vet – the Eivissa Animal Centre – in order to curb our spiralling costs and care for more cats.