Frequently Asked Questions

What is a feral cat?

A feral cat is a domestic cat born and raised without human contact, or who has been abandoned or lost and turned wild in order to survive. While some feral cats tolerate some human contact, most are too fearful to be handled.

What is a cat colony?

A cat colony is a group of feral or stray cats that live close to each other. Colonies are often formed around shelter and a food source.

Where do feral cats come from?

When people abandon their domesticated cats or the cat becomes lost, they will learn to live on their own and become feral. If these cats aren't spayed or neutered, they produce feral kittens who usually live their entire lives without human contact.

What does the Visalia Feral Cat Coalition do?

We provide food, shelter and education regarding feral cat sterilization utilizing the trapping technique known as Trap Neuter Return (TNR), benefiting the cats and our community.

Is the Visalia Feral Cat Coalition a shelter for feral cats?

No. We focus on reducing the growth of feral cat communities through humane Trap Neuter Return.

Does the Visalia Feral Cat Coalition relocate or remove feral cats?

No. We do not advocate relocation or removal of feral cats. TNR stops the breeding cycle of cats and improves their lives while preventing reproduction. It is a fact that the removal and killing of outdoor cats is never ending and futile.

Does the Visalia Feral Cat Coalition foster feral kittens for adoption?

No, we don’t take kittens. The only kittens we foster are kittens we trapped ourselves while taking care of our Coalition colonies.

Can feral cats be socialized and adopted into homes?

No. Feral cats have had minimal contact with people, are not socialized and cannot become pets. Feral cats taken to shelters are always euthanized at a high cost to taxpayers. Feral cats can live healthy lives in their outdoor colonies, so the best alternative to adoption is humane Trap Neuter Return.

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

Feral cats are not socialized to people, therefore they are unadoptable as pets. In all shelters in California, feral cats are held two days then euthanized. In the City of Visalia they don’t take feral cats. The City does have a Trap Neuter Return program for free to Visalia residents. Contact the City for more information.

I found a litter of feral kittens. What do I do?

When you come across kittens living outdoors, you may wonder whether it's better to take them into your home or leave them outside with their mother. Whatever you decide, it should be in the kittens' best interest.

How old do kittens have to be to undergo spay/neuter surgery?

To spay/neuter kittens must weigh two pounds. They usually reach this weight at eight to ten weeks of age.

What is an ear-tip?

An ear-tip serves as protection for the feral cat. It tells everyone that the cat is being cared for. An ear-tip is the universally recognized symbol of a neutered/spayed feral cat. During surgery, 1/8" to 1/4" is removed from the top of an ear. This procedure is performed while the cat is anesthetized and is not painful for the cat. Ear-tipping is the most effective way to identify neutered feral cats, and to ensure that they are not re-trapped and re-anesthetized for surgery. The ear notch can save a feral cat's life.

Are donations to the Feral Cat Coalition tax-deductible?

Yes. Tax-deductible donations are welcome and needed, and go directly to providing TNR services for feral cats in need.

How do I become an FCC volunteer?

Awesome! please complete and submit a volunteer questionnaire so we can get to know you.