RRAS is committed to educating the public on domestic cat control to protect cats

    and prevent cat predation on birds and other wildlife.


    • We advocate for humane and responsible ownership of cats.
    • We recognize that the housecat is a domesticated species dependent on people to take care of it. Feral cats are more likely to suffer greatly and live much shorter lives than owned cats.

    • The domesticated cat evolved from African cat species (Felis lybica lybica). It is an invasive species in the United States. Local native species did not evolve with domesticated cats and have little to no defense against being killed by them.


    • We support educational programs and materials that provide scientific information on the adverse effects of cats living outdoors and advocate for pet owners to keep cats indoors, in outdoor enclosures, or on a leash when outside.


    • View our Mission Statement here.



    It is estimated that 2.4 billion birds per year are killed by domestic cats in the U.S.

    Why trap-neuter-release (TNR) doesn’t work.

    Diseases 

      The three most common protozoal diseases in cats and humans are cryptosporidiosis, giardiasis, and toxoplasmosis.

    1. Cryptosporidiosis, a highly contagious disease, can cause diarrhea, vomiting, fever, abdominal cramps, and dehydration in both cats and people.

    2. Giardiasis is an often waterborne intestinal parasite that has oocysts (eggs) that are difficult to kill and filter.

    3. Toxoplasmosis is a disease for which the cat is an obligate host in conjunction with rodents. Infected rodents become attracted to cat urine, which makes them easy prey. Cat feces can contain millions of toxoplasma. Although cats show no symptoms, the disease can infect humans, causing miscarriage and other effects not yet fully understood.

      Outdoor cats suffer a much higher incidence of injury, parasites, and disease than cats kept indoors. Although some diseases — such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and Feline Leukemia Virus — are specific to cats, others can afflict a wide variety of species, including people.

      In the U.S., cats are more likely than dogs to be rabid. There is no known, effective treatment for rabies once symptoms of the disease appear. There are effective vaccines that provide immunity to rabies only when administered soon after exposure. They may also be used for protection before exposure for people such as veterinarians and animal handlers.  “TNR” programs do not effectively prevent or control rabies in feral cat populations as originally posited.

      Outdoor cats can get into fights; be exposed to deadly viruses, hit by cars, and attacked by wild animals; and become poisoned.

    We advocate for controlling cats in the same way in which we control dogs by advocating for changes to local animal ordinances.

    Rodent Control


    What You Can Do:

    • Keep your cat indoors and encourage others to do the same. Consider building an outside enclosed space for your cat - also called a catio!

Below, a cat relaxes in its hammock in a Eureka catio.
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    • Teach your cat to walk on a leash and take it on leashed walks as you would a dog.

    • Identify your cat. Use a collar and tag or microchip your cat in case it gets lost.

    • Don’t feed unknown cats without making a commitment to finding them a permanent home. Feeding stray cats will only establish their presence and lead to rapid growth in their numbers. Instead, take them to a local animal shelter where they have the chance to be adopted.

    • Don’t allow food to be accessible to wildlife (except birds) or roaming cats.

    • Spay or neuter your cat as early as eight weeks of age.

    • Never abandon cats. This is illegal and cruel behavior. Instead, take the cat to an animal shelter where it has a chance of being adopted.

    • Support laws that prevent cats from roaming.

    • If you are unwilling to keep your cat indoors, do not attract birds to your yard by putting out bird feeders, bird houses, or bird baths.

    • If you can’t keep your cat inside, don’t let it go outside without wearing a bib that will help prevent it from catching prey. https://www.amazon.com/CatBib-WildBird-Saver-Teal-Small/dp/B00KPFF3LQ


    Informative books:


    Helpful links

 

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