do foxes kill cats

I really feel for you as I know how much your cats meant to you, as mine does to me. I’m currently looking at building a bigger fence but how high will it have to be to stop Foxes jumping over..????? It is not easy to completely remove the risk of foxes to pets. Just yesterday 29 march 2014 our cat was being chased down the garden by a large fox trying to grab and bite him. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. One of her feet was bitten so badly she needed it to be re constructed. Surely there is something that can be done!!? She did well as the fox looked young and agile and this cat is 18 years old – extremely good health for her age – but perhaps caught unawares while sleeping. A search of VetCompass clinical data identified 79 (5 in 10,000 cats) confirmed and 130 (9 in 10,000 cats) suspected fox fights with cats from 145,808 VetCompass cats since Jan 1st 2010 until last week (14 in 10,000 overall). im so glad i came across this site and read all these comments , i had 2 gawges boys big flufffy cuddly loveable cats sadly one went missing over a year ago now so so devastated as you can imagine his brother misses him im sure i hate to think it could have been foxes that got him but we do have alot of foxes here i head counted 8 one morning !!!! Doesn’t look good. While some repellents may be MORE unpleasant to foxes than cats, you’re right – there’s nothing that I’m aware of that is scientifically proven to be significantly more effective to one than the other. My cat will no longer be going out alone – not that she wants to right now – she is too frightened. No harm to the cat but I wonder if she disturbed a litter (there has been cubs in the garden in the last 2 years). People will view a fox chasing a cat and wrongfully assume that the fox is looking to kill the cat to feed her cubs. I’m dealing with a situation this morning on my farm. Antibiotic resistance: should the veterinary industry be doing more to help? We have a lot of foxes where we live and this is our 3rd cat but we have never seen this before. Came home and she’d gone. I think it’s imperative that people know the risks involved in allowing your cat outside. Will foxes kill my cat? I’ve heard so many times over the years vets and fox/wildlife ‘experts’ state that foxes don’t attack or kill cats, that if they do hunt cats then it’s not as a group but on their own and that a cat is particularly adept at scaring off foxes. now after reading all the feedback here im most definitely keeping my 2 boys in thats for sure even in the day time !!! Izzy says: March 30, 2014 at 10:06 pm Just yesterday 29 march 2014 our cat was being chased down the garden by a large fox trying to grab and bite him. and it may be that he prefers to spend more time indoors for a while where he feels safer – in which case, the best thing you can do for him is give him places to rest that he feels safe and secure, and some litter trays around the house. Her tail was found in the neighbours garden shredded. Yes, cats have some ability to escape and some ability to defend themselves. This whole experience was very strange as these foxes were not what I would describe as timid and from what I’ve read they don’t hunt together but these two clearly were. Do Foxes Attack Cats – Some Facts. Foxes are quite similar in size to adult cats. He was current with his rabies vaccinations, but he received a booster, anyway. Most foxes would not want to get on the wrong side of a cat’s sharp claws. by a car) then foxes (as scavengers do) may well eat the body, but it is unlikely that the fox was the cause of death. FOXES DO KILL CATS!!!!! Like annetta nagle I live in Bushey, Herts. Well it has happened to us and I vowed never to get another cat for as long as we live here. Lets not pretend they’re innocent; they are the real culprits for so many disappeared cats. A typical urban fox home range can be occupied by upwards of 100 cats, and most of these are out at night. Pet owners might feed their fennec fox cat food and dog food without knowing how the nutritional content of these foods impacts fennec fox health. This is a pretty low figure, especially when you consider that 541 per 10,000 cats had injuries from other cats and 196 in 10,000 cats were injured in traffic accidents. http://www.urbanfoxcontrollondon.co.uk, my 8 year old beutiful bengal cat spirit was found by a neighbour in broad daylight in her garden a few days before christmas fighting for his life. Can’t keep cats indoors 24/7 to protect wildlife, that is nonsense…as long as they are not let out too early when the birds are out singing merrily, and in at night should solve the problem..but many people who work all day also leave their cars out all day wihich is wrong…. In his entertaining and well-written account of urban foxes, published in the October 1985 issue of the BBC Wildlife Magazine, David Macdonald pointed out: “… Owners of cats need to understand that’s whilst their moggy is a pampered part of the family indoors, once outside all the basic instincts of survival take over. Im expecting him to jump in through the kitchen window at anytime. by a car) then foxes (as scavengers do) may well eat the body, but it is unlikely that the fox was the cause of death.In reality, cats are more at risk from other cats and road traffic accidents than from foxes. Searched around the hedges with a torch for some time but did not get any responses. The raccoons had been eating that anyway. Please keep your cats safe indoors. If you're concerned about the possible dangers in your cat meeting a fox, play it safe and make sure you always keep your cat … Thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences no matter how painful. My neighbour told me her cat had been killed by a fox a couple of weeks ago as well as a couple of her chickens. Two days later at 4am I am woken to a loud boom. Foxes are generally timid and reclusive. My 1year old cat Nico has been missing for a few days now, its not like him to go wondering off for days. I think my cat who has lived in peace in our area for 5 years has been attacked by a fox, looks like he has been scruffed and ragged, very nasty looking injuries which are being treated. There can be no argument that foxes can and do kill cats. Must like its prey big . I have 3 big boxer dogs, 3 cats and young children. Remember that foxes are scavengers so if they come across a dead cat… This happened at about 9.30 pm – she’s lucky to be alive! My little Boysie was a handsome Yorkshire Terrior. I thought my cat was seeing it off again, not that he was being attacked. It’s possible that fox attacks are misinterpreted; foxes are scavengers and will go for road kill when they see it. I thought I had imagined it, but 30 seconds later the boom happened again!? I think I have many sleepless nights ahead trying to get him to my way of thinking! I didn’t click that it was going for my cats due to ‘professionals’ claiming how rare it is. I Found my neighbours cat dead in my garden this morning last week had to see off a fox that was getting aggressive towards her, she was just a few years old and fit enough climbing a 2 metre high fence in one leap, now I wouldn’t trust urban Fox’s any my garden will be seen off. Cat I have been present when foxes have attempted to attack my cats and was able to intervene but I fear this time during daylight hours we were not about to help. Your email address will not be published. Foxes do a lot of hunting at dawn and dusk, but can hunt anytime. I always thought that a cat could fight off a fox, but now Ive changed my mind. In your situation, an alternative possibility might be a microchip-coded cat-flap, that will only open when the cat carrying the correct code is trying to get in? My other cats are now being kept indoors. I chased it away and it ran to the neighbors house and barked and almost ran back at me. I totally agree with you… they’re NOT scared , they mean business, it’s not just at night time and I don’t know what we’re supposed to do…!!! I bolted outside to find my poor cat cowering behind a bush. Foxes do kill cats. So, please, unless it’s not possible (feral cats) PLEASE keep your cats indoors. Giving medication to pets: a necessary but challenging task. direct hosts…We as pet owners are legally obliged to have our pets injected yearly with the Echinococcus treatment. i have witnessed foxes harrassing my cats(5), my daughter has lost several rabbits to foxes, they have pestered my ferrets to the point where they ate their own litter of kits to stop the fox trying, i have been bitten by a fox whilst cutting privet bushes and have had them tear my rubbish bins to shreds and defacated all over my lawn putting my dogs, cats, partner and myself at risk of toxoplasmosis and other zoonosises. Now it looks like we have to re-instate cat toilet indoors. I was hopeful that he might limp home but as each day passes this is less likely. They already attacked two of my cats and are not scared of us in fact they even growl at my husband when he tries to chase them away. I had heard that (very rarely) foxes had been known to attack young, old and vunerable cats. This in suburban DUBLIN. Our 7 month old cat did not come home last night. Pheromones are definitely a good start, and you’ll need to give them a bit of time as they can take a little while to start working so please do persist with these. I’m so sad to read the tragic comments on this thread, its 1am and I’ve sat up waiting for my cat to come home tonight – and saw 5 foxes! My beautiful cat who was only one year old has been missing for 3 days now. Diseases They May Carry The one danger that foxes do present is the danger of disease. I think they’re beautiful & wouldn’t want to kill one unless it was absolutely necessary, but before reading through some of these horrible stories someone did catch a fox attacking a cat on video. After 30 minutes we returned home empty handed and he was there right on our bed. Other than keeping out little one at night indoors, I do not know what else can be done to help? arctic cat mini bike engine. My cat Fudge was killed horribly by a fox. They are rarely a threat to cats or dogs. How Long To Wait? I don’t have a cat flap as I live in a g/floor flat with no exclusive enterance to the garden so my cat uses the kitchen window. Thank god we saw it and made lots of noise to put him/her off. The cat had no injuries and looked very pleased with himself. ? My cat had a puncture mark under her tail which sadly developed a abscess and she now has a big open wound that the vet has not been able to stitch . The good news is that a new database, VetCompass, has started to accumulate real, up to date information about health issues affecting pets in the UK. I’m so sorry for everyone who’s lost their cat, our pets become part of the family. I was awoken at 4.30am by the screams and barking of the foxes outside my window and on looking out saw our cat amidst the foxes, which were tearing at him, biting him and pulling lumps of his fur out. Not something I wish any pet owner to have to see of their family member. Oh poor boy! But not one with a mean right hook!! Although the foxes retreated, three of them remained in view and appeared to be waiting for me to leave in order that they could move in to finish the job! They have done real damage to my pet that looks like costing me several hundred pounds, even provided he survives. I keep reading on the internet that foxes don’t attack cats but they obviously do. I had mine get snatched it’s on CCTV, she didn’t go near other people, only me. This morning she looked very unwell. We live in Surbiton, so these are urban foxes. My beautiful little 3 year old Bengal female was torn apart by a fox. Back legs seem weak … perhaps strained or twisted them while trying to get away … or alternatively muscular exhaustion from having to work so hard not to get dragged off. Our 8 month old cat seems to be hanging out with a fox too. The fox had jumped on some lumber I had for a project which was the noise I heard when the fox disturbed it. best to keep older cats in at least. The vet confirmed the jaw size from the bites was too big to be another cat and was a fox. Of course there may be many fox attacks that are not reported to vets and there is no way to account for these. Kitten has come into our house and is luckily un hurt but we will have to try and find owners and warn them as he is far too small to be out at night. french bulldo They found 79 (5 in 10,000 cats) and 130 (9 in 10,000) suspected fox vs. catfights from 145,707 vets over a three-year period. I rushed outside and chased the foxes off. In Poland, my tabby was surrounded by four foxes, and it took all of them out but one. if a wolf escaped the zoo it would be hunted endlessly, i see no difference to a fox, both are wild canids with the same instincts. We will definitely be keeping him in at night from now on though. This increases the chances for cat-fox interactions. I’ve just heard the most awful noise, like a growl/bark, I looked out of my window to see my 11 year old cat Spencer sat next to a fox who was making the noise. I have just been woken by the very loud noise of a fox outside in the road in the west end of glasgow. Bleach is very harmful and can cause serious problems in their digestive system as well as vomiting, excessive salivation and lots of pain. Foxes usually kill and eat kittens. I was absolutely heartbroken. Foxes have killed TWO of my cats and ripped off the catflap trying to get into my house, claims distraught owner. Cat ended up with numerous bites and scratches, plus four deep cuts requiring 21 stitches. I’m wanting people to know, that’s flat out false. The kittens were taken at separate intervals as was the mum. Not 4 foot away at the top of the patio steps was a sizable fox who shot off when he saw me. And a neighbour had seen a parent fox teaching it’s cubs to hunt – they were circling her ancient moggy. but reading up it’s supposed to be a low chance they would have killed her? This was in Harrow North West London. Knowing what do foxes not like may help you to repel them. He obviously put up a good fight but was totally traumatised, he lost most of his back claws and needed pain relief for three weeks. Road accident victims will usually be found on/by the road or at home (if they’ve limped back). I can’t bare the think what would have happened had I not have heard the noises. Looked up this behaviour online and found this website, now convinced the Fox wanted my boy for dinner!!! The problem with those statistics is they are only from cats that survived the attack, i would still imagine the actual fox on cat attack rate is rather low but still. She was always a very slight cat but in recent years was very scrawny – we had regular vet checks and she was on thyroid meds. They are a possible carrier of rabies and a bite can cause an infection. The last one I shot with my bow. We were sitting on the patio and the dog was just running or sitting in the garden and then all of a sudden the fox crept from behind a bush a pounced on our dog. Do Foxes Kill Cats? Good luck. No doubt in my mind that foxes kill/eat cats, but how on earth can you protect them? Any uneaten cat food I now recapture rather than leave out. Foxes tend to leave cats alone because the cat’s defensive behaviours (hissing, biting, puffing up their tail etc.) The animal kingdom can be a brutal place. Once the foxes learn that cats can be attacked they will continue to do so – and they do hunt in packs -teaching each other that cats are fair game. he has since had regulare visits to fitzpatricks referrals where they found bite marks on his body and back of the neck which have been identified as fox bites, he was also found to be covered in saliva. Our cats are more indoor cats but they like to lay in the sun and go out for a few hours a day. A database is all well and good but how many vets are actually going to enter details that they become aware of and how many cat owners are going to report to a vet that their pet was killed by a fox?! Horse Happy Holidays. In the last month my old cat was killed and eaten by a fox – my youngster was badly hurt and very traumatised by an attack. In the main, whilst a fox, like a dog will chase a cat, it will try and avoid fighting with the cat as it could end up with serious injuries. They are becoming dangerous with babies and coming into people’s homes. Fear of fox attacks is one of the main reasons for this fear. Our neighbour’s 10 month old cat was dismembered by a fox in the garden. We suspect my neighbours cat was also attacked last year and had a facial injury, luckily he is now ok, but very wary of foxes. The cat that was killed by a fox was ambushed from behind, snatched away so quickly off the wall, she never feared the foxes and used to sleep near them sometimes a few metres apart and never any trouble. For some reason there is a general perception that urban foxes do not pose any danger and should be protected even when they are rapidly increasing in numbers and a serious threat to other wild life. Nope. I can only hope she didn’t suffer and having spoken to our vest who assures me she would have most likely died from shock before she was killed Look after your cats at night. I've got a gray tabby I'll put up against any fox. The body had been eaten in-line with an animal attack. This fox started to fight another young fox recently which was so vicious I expected one would die. There are many other reasons for keeping all cats indoors all of the time, not only to protect the cats, but also the environment. Several cats are named Fox-, like Foxleap, Foxwhisker, or Foxheart. I am slightly concerned about foxes but not as much as dogs trained/encouraged by their horrible owners to kill or injure cats and other dogs. PLEASE NEVER ALLOW YOUR CAT TO BE OUTSIDE AFTER GETS DARK, NO MATTER WHAT ! You may have heard horror stories about foxes attacking livestock, wildlife, domestic pets and even babies, but you have to put this in context. In reality, cats are more at risk from other cats and road traffic accidents than from foxes. I encourage a certain female fox with a cub to come back a lot but I don’t know if I should continue to do so. As I’ve opened the window I see my cat sitting by a tree in the garden not a care in the world, then I see something move behind the wheelie bins, thinking it’s another cat, expecting my cat to see it off (he’s very protective of his territory) he dosnt he just sits there. By Claire Ellicott for the Daily Mail Updated: 03:34 EST, 8 December 2010 He’s pretty shaken and that’s the last time either of my cats go out at night. It’s possible but very unlikely. I ran outside and heard terrible noises of ripping flesh. Seems that a there is an increase this time of year. I had 2 huge ones in my garden whilst I was gardening yesterday afternoon. I’m so sorry to hear that. I am worried for my other 5 cats now. I’d like to know if I should continue to welcome the cub and his/her mum or make a them leave. just outside my garden door . £648 later my cat luckily survived. Checked garden. The last one I shot with my bow. Luckily our cats saved him, We live in Windsor and our 8kg tabby male has just been chased into the house by a screaming banshee of a Fox, very scary stuff. Could it have been a badger? He likes to go out all the time. How Long Are Dogs Pregnant? Luckily he dropped her. The foxes have to hide at night because the coyotes are nocturnal. I’m so sorry. My lovely ginger male kitten 3 months old been missing for past week now. there was even a plastic football torn to pieces. Of course, this can pose a serious problem for their health, becoming one of the most common home items that can kill a cat. Home » All Posts » Ask a vet online » Urban foxes – could your pet cat be the next victim? Will foxes kill my cat? They hunt by stalking their live prey. - Svaret på frågan om ditt husdjur är i fara. I see lots of foxes and they and tried to walk towards me many times as I pick my little dog up. But a fatal attack by a fox could happen anywhere and leave little or no evidence. I realize now that foxes can be a very real threat to cats. If you are lucky enough to still have your cat, please take precautions to keep them safe. I literally jumped over the fence, clamped my legs around the dogs neck/head as it faced away from me and I sunk my fingernails into the dogs ears until it let my cat go. I do such proplecwoukd stop feeding them and our country needs to act quickly in these animals. All together on the same patch of grass. Ive been beside myself but thankfully he is now Home. The fox theory is another guess. Went to neighbours and asked them to check their gardens. He will now only go outside late morning/early afternoon.. Two nights after his attack another cat was not so lucky. Are foxes dangerous to cats, dogs, or other pets? We live next to a field, in a semi urban area just outside Brighton. Learn what to do if foxes are living under your porch or deck, how to keep pets safe from foxes and how to … Foxes are generally timid and reclusive. Will foxes kill my cat? Now the hut has been taken over by a fox, and no longer used by the cats; so they have to hang around waiting for a house door to open, especially in winter when windows are closed. I think maybe she went outside and collapsed and was picked up by one?!? Just heard foxes outside, my cats are in tonight ,all three have come running in. I don’t want to harm them but I don’t want them in my garden hunting my cats!!!!! My dog was attacked and killed in u garden at 8,30 in the morning. Nothing. When they are around. I would chase them off but had to bang hard with dustpan and brush for them to shift away. This is an interesting read. If a cat has already been killed in a road accident then people may see the fox pulling the cats body across the road or standing near the cat, but it doesn’t mean the fox has killed the cat and vets note that often the cause of death was obviously by other means. At about 5 am we were woken up again by foxes braying. If he continues hissing and growling, it would be worth a quick check up with your vet just to make sure he wasn’t injured in any way by the fox. i googled this to find out if foxes attack cats as i live in an area where there are lots of foxes and every now and then(quite often) i see people leaving messages on lamp posts and shop windows wanting to know if anyone has seen their missing cat .i have owned cats myself so feel for these people and hope it wasnt the foxes that were responsible. No sign now. I like to get them in before dark but Sam my youngest was desperate to get out for a bit at night and Ive found out why! On all occasions the attacks were in broad day light, whilst I or my partner were in the garden. my neighbor didn’t know its our kitten hence he came back to his home while my kitten hide under one of the street car. Alan is only allowed out during the day now and even though he complains he will hopefully get used to it. Though it could happen that a fox tries to attack a dog or more likely a cat, they will be scared off when the noise begins or when a cat’s claws come out. I’m trying to keep my cat Bob in at night as we have so many foxes around its scarey. I did try to keep him indoors but he complained. Lots of foxes around our neighborhood. We heard some yowling went out and our cats were standing off a fox on top of a shed where it had chased and cornered a kitten. Not scared and me having to run tk a neighbours house as I was scared. How do you know it was foxes? We live next to a reservoir and they are all around here. I even saw my cats sunbathing alongside the foxes occasionally. I’m from North London, behide my garden we have train tracks where foxes are, when i was younger we use to watch a family of foxes laying on my shed enjoying the sun but since i have had my cat and my sister’s cat i have started to disslike foxe. Hello, I can’t imagine what she went through. as much as i love wildlife these foxes are growing in numbers rapidly in local neighbor hoods !!! Checked all of downstairs. Manchester. A family of foxes hang around our East London garden every night. I tried to shoo them away but the leader came back and carried the cat off. According to BBC Wildlife, an urban fox travels through 100+ cats’ territories each night. General, We use cookies to allow us to provide functions e.g. Interesting reading as SNARL have said some of these mutilations are human intervention. Dog Ultimately, it’s your decision – the biggest risk with continuing to feed them long term is that you won’t just have the vixen you know, but potentially many, many others squabbling over the food. I've got a gray tabby I'll put up against any fox. But after reading these comments it wont be happening again! IIm worried this will continue. I’m afraid of letting my 3 cats out after dark now but they’re protesting about being locked in. They are trying to attack in the day too & went for my granddaughter who is 9! Would be useful to have an update on the official vet stats in the article. This Is Our Social – It will be Super Fun! Foxes may attack kittens or larger cats that come close to their young, but they are unlikely to attack an adult cat unprovoked and much less likely to attack one for food. For many years our cats have used a purpose built ‘hut’ just outside for them to shelter in, or just take a nap. any suggestions as to a product to deter them please help!!! Wendy told me recently that she watched her cat go nose-to-nose with a fox in her yard neither one blinked and there was no fight. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Not there. Keep them safe indoors. I’ll be far more cautious as I’d been told foxes don’t attact cats!! Harrow NW London. Just saved my mums cat 2years old from a fox .. since than we don’t know where is my kitten is. One came really close to the house and up my path in broad daylight and my other cat who is very large attacked it and it ran off, he hates fighting. Foxes are fiercely territorial. Went to walk the dog. Just heard what I thought was a terrible cat fight. Today in broad daylight was a fox on the patio, and from its belly I assume it’s got babies to feed. Unless the cat is very frail, a fox is unlikely to volunteer for a fight because cats have very vicious weapons - claws and teeth - and could inflict a serious injury on a fox which could lead to its death. I’m afraid in my books that’s damning evidence! This fox took its opportunity and my cat never stood a chance. I am living in Ottawa, Canada. Several years ago I witnessed a cat (not one of mine) being attacked by a Greyhound in a garden and the dog shook it around like a ragdoll until it was dead. I have this morning had to bury my beautiful 16 month old cat who had suffered the worst attack possible from a fox last night. To lose her like this, after so many years is really, really painful. Reply. I have come across only two instances where foxes were seen to prey upon cats. Foxes are generally shy creatures that do their best to avoid contact with humans or other animals. So it does happen…and at least this time, the cat survived…. My sister has lost two 10 year old cats to a fox in the space of 8 days, she found one’s body bitten and scratched the other she only found the bloody collar and fur, the vet said that when they have young to feed they can take risks and attack cats. As such, foxes will not actively hunt adult cats. I only came to this site because i was looking out my window in my bedroom and i hear a cat meowing (luckily not my cat) and a few minutes later i see fox go behind my flat and the meowing stopped (theres two more next to my place) we have a car park near us too and on occasions some cats will be there and i quickly go back to bed to type this, We think a mother fox got our 7 year old cat there where 3 babies around but they did nothing to our cat now there gone and so is our cat we are so saddened by this . While these animals aren't likely to go out of their way to attack a cat, their sharp teeth and claws can do damage. It’s was really scary. I live in Central London and can vouch that foxes definitely poise a threat to cats and a nuisance in our area. A study published in 2013 collected data from over 400,000 domestic animals all over the UK. ! We have a large garden and my husband thought it was another cat at first, but then noticed the size. A fox can try, but it doesn’t always end happily for the fox. Foxes do kill cats. Learn how your comment data is processed. Well, its 2pm in the afternoon and I have seen yet another fox in the back garden and I am East London! We are wondering if our cat had somehow disturbed their Cubs? The foxes have to hide at night because the coyotes are nocturnal. I’m convinced foxes attack cats in London and the conventional wisdom on this blog is wrong. As ever, prevention is the best way to stop groundhog attacks, so stay vigilant while your kitty is outside. dont even know if its still alive or dead. Is there a real risk of cats being attacked by foxes and what can owners do about it? It was found dead further down the road this morning. It’s either that or a bird of prey. My cats will not be allowed to go out at night anymore. We were awoken by that awful noise foxes make but we were too late to help. The council is not bothered – what are we to do? Ive started keeping my other cat in at night. No external bites but was shaking a lot and also had matted saliva covered fur at the back of her neck showing where she was grabbed and tugged. Cats are night owls. At 2:45 am I heard that terrible fox noise and looked out to see it chasing my cat out from under the car. Foxes and cats meet many times every night, and invariably ignore each other. Yet in the space of 6 weeks, 1 cat has survived an attack (and was treated at my Vets!) My daughter lives next to foxes too and she said my granddaughter had a fox go for her. Like cats, foxes are nocturnal and are mostly seen at night. Unlikely but possible at a long shot. There is no way – other than scale a 6 foot fence, that a dying 21.5 yr old cat could’ve got out of my garden. I have 2 toddlers and worry now about them. It put up a tremendous fight but was overcome by the foxes circling and biting. My 21.5 year old tortoiseshell cat has been poorly the last few days. Sadly she was found dead in a neighbours garden with her mouth ripped and fur missing. we rushed him to the vet then a veterinary hospital but were unsure what had happened to him. He had already passed and was in a terrible state. I’m writing this whilst my small 7month old kitten is having surgery to rebuild her jaw, ear and have numerous stitches after a fox attack at 8am this morning… I heard noises in my garden and found the fox had cornered my cat behind my shed, as I shouted to scare the fox, it managed to get hold of my cats head and drag it over my neighbours fence and tried to drag her away. I've been told that a fox can kill a cat. So my final answer is that a fox can kill a cat, but a cat could kill a fox. A fox’s method of posturing (fur raised, back arched, stiff-legged prance, and batting pounce) is similar to a cat’s method. Do Foxes Eat Cats? I can’t stop thinking about it. We were not sure whether it was our terrified cat, but since he was not at home( and normally he always stays in at night), we went to check the whole are at 2 AM. This was in Bushey herts. I had always heard that foxes don't attack cats, but clearly they do and need to be kept under control." One of the missing survived an attack a few years ago. The database is all well and good but it doubt it includes the deaths people have experienced here. Will see how she’s walking in the morning and get her to the vet for a check-up if she isn’t back to normal! My neighbors told me he saw a large fox taken down my kitten at right front of my house around 11pm. I live in Glasgow and had been told there were lots of foxes out at night but never really considered the threat to my cat who loves going out at night until I saw what I saw last night. Our 18 month old cat was taken by a fox only this morning. Not once have I seen the foxes ever attempt to attack the other animals and in fact, the cat is more than capable of seeing off the foxes and they tend to give the cat as wide a berth as possible! Foxes kill their prey in a cat-like manner—most canids grab and shake their prey, but foxes use their long, slender (again, cat-like) canines to bite to kill. As I said, never ever trust a fox. So getting rid of one doesn’t mean another won’t move in to take its place. They are opportunists and have become so very daring and will blatantly attack. I chased it down the street and tried calling for the cat, but she’d streaked towards the secret cat alleys and was home on the sofa before me. There are a family of foxes in our area who are only seen at night, i never thought they would be a threat to him or my other cat, i always assumed cats would have the upper hand with foxes. Diseases They May Carry The one danger that foxes do present is the danger of disease. We new something had happened, my daughter said the evening sooty went missing a fox sat looking through the French doors. A complacant attitude to a growing problem. Now my beautiful 13 year old Zoe who hardly ever went outside at night (she would go out in the garden during the day) was attacked and killed by foxes a few days ago on a very rare occasion when she did go out at night. Most cats can evade them, but if they’re unlucky, this can be the result. We have scared the fox away, but asomething else also run away( it was sitting under neighbourgh’s care before we came out). We now know that it is very unlikely for a fox to go out of its way to kill a cat but do foxes ever eat cats? I have always thought that foxes will kill and mutilate cats if they are hungry or defending their cubs. Foxes are usually rife with fleas, and can also carry worms and a range of diseases and conditions that may be passed on to pets such as cats and dogs. Our garden is open to the heath in Reigate, Surrey. Will certainly be investigating ways to seal up the gaps in the fences so she can roam or sleep without wild fox attacks! We live in the city of leicester. There are a large number of foxes in my area and I cannot believe it has happened to THE most placid cat ever, he never had a fight with anything. Populist, radical measures such as destroying foxes in an area, or trapping them to move them elsewhere, would not work because other foxes would rapidly move in from adjacent areas and take their place. I live in the middle of the countryside, I’ve only seen 3 foxes in 16 years of living here. I feel so responsible for her death, I wish ‘professionals’ would get real about the threat from foxes and not lead them up the garden path. Running a search on the web reveals scores of articles of how cats pose a graver threat to fox cubs than foxes attacking cats. Something has to be done about getting rid of these vicious animals from our back gardens. He may start to build up some confidence in going back outdoors at some point, but when he does, it’s important for him that he can get back inside quickly if he feels scared or threatened in any way – so it may be better, when the weather is a little warmer, giving him short spells outside (if he wants it) with the door left open and you keeping an eye on him. I found my cat dead yesterday after a suspected fox attack. I just hope he was caught sleeping and did not have to suffer! Clearly not. I had been bathing at the time and screamed for someone to rescue the cat but all fully dressed humans in the immediate area appeared to be deaf. This fox was chasing our cat all around our garden until my husband went out to scare it off. Foxes are usually rife with fleas, and can also carry worms and a range of diseases and conditions that may be passed on to pets such as cats and dogs. But not one with a mean right hook!!! So my final answer is that a fox can kill a cat, but a cat could kill a fox. Was sitting looking very scared. I had no idea this was a possibility as I’d never heard of it. Sadly my 1 year old cat was killed by foxes this morning in the early hours. Foxes do kill cats. The fox ran off when it heard me open the door but I am convinced that had it not been disturbed this would have been a very different story and I would have been devastated. Relation to Twolegs Happy Holidays. Please everyone look after your small pets and babies. Something needs to be done! Our cat and her two kittens were taken by a fox who stalks the area nightly. Where I used to live I always used to see the local cats and foxes casually chilling out together. No way. Such a product is certainly theoretically possible – our understanding of species-specific pheromones has allowed us to produce synthetic calming pheromones based on FFP for cats and DAP for dogs, without any biological cross-over between species, so the opposite is at least in principle possible. This is known as survivorship bias and the same issue occured during world war 2, where they would look for damage on surviving planes and armour up those areas, but eventually realized that they actually needed to armour up the areas that showed no damage as those areas would never show up as damaged on surviving planes since when they did get damaged the plane wouldn’t survive. Unfortunately we found out cat dead last week in our neighbors garden, we couldn’t understand what had happened as she’s such a good friendly cat, another neighbor has CCTV and showed us two foxes on it and one carried her into the garden (she wasn’t moving at this point), still trying to figure out if it was them that killed her or they had found her, as they are supposed to be scavengers? Required fields are marked *. I did for a bit but calmed down due to them ignoring my cats most of the time. I went outside to rescue the cat but the foxes at first weren’t bothered by my presence until I started throwing pebbles at them. Behind shed etc. They’re fascinating animals to watch and not always as bad as they are painted! These wildlife pests are not violent or aggressive, but they may carry rabies and infectious parasites. We had 2 cats and now have one. What next our 3 and 4 year old kids whilst they are playing in the garden. I suggest people stop feeding foxes. I used to accept these views as it was always the common view but after witnessing my four month old kitten being carried off in the mouth of a fox I refuse to believe that foxes are not a threat to pet cats and small dogs. Good to read another viewpoint though. often scare the foxes away. Could this be a cub which is why the fox is being more agressive? cat x ray lung cancer. I was also told by my vet that attacks are rare. Are Foxes Dangerous to Humans? I have cousins who live on a farm in Maine, and have a squad of Maine Coon cats that patrol the farm buildings, dealing with pests. You’re hardly going to gather the bits left and take them to the Vet to be counted! if my dog were to attack another animal/person i would be facing a court case, why is it fine for foxes to do as they please? Subsequently I heard from another neighbour that the same fox had tried to attack their cat also. There are foxes living here and I’ve just found out there are a lot more than I thought after speaking with a neighbour who feeds them. Required fields are marked *. I will certaining be taking extra measures to make sure my garden is fox free! Usually both participants come off worse for wear, and rarely do the injuries prove fatal. Last winter I witnessed a fox literally stalking our middle aged cat. When I looked out there was a fox confronting my cat (she is a healthy 61/2 year old) Luckily she came straight-in, but it prompted me to look this up on the internet. On a few times I have seen a MASSIVE fox about three times his size pass in the street at the same time this obviously shook me up big time. Its sad reading all the storys on this forum, my cat got chased back home last year by a Fox and I had to run out to scare the Fox away but main reason I’m here is yesterday my cat got into a cat fight so about 15 mins later I called my cat, he meowed and jumped over the fence and came to me, try to walk back off and then a Fox came out of no where and was starring at us so I quickly got him back inside and that was that, now the next day I’m here trying to find ways to keep him safer, he’s a cat and likes going outside so I don’t want to start not letting him out no more as that’s unfair on him. It was a sight no cat lover would want to see. these urban foxes need to be removed professionally, We are a nation of animal lovers thankfully, I love all animals, my pets mostly & I also love foxes ( in the end they have the right to live & try to survive as they only live 2 yrs not more) A lot of people are not even aware how dangerous this infection is!I have seen terrible results in young and old-it takes years to discover with fatal outcomes….I wish all these Fox- fanatics would be aware of this danger and would accept that the fox-population doesn’t belong to a big city’s”wonderful wildlife”Of course they have been driven out of their natural habitat, but they are an indirect danger to humans and especially cats. I did some research about cats taken by foxes and most played down the risk! Luckily I managed to scare them off with a flash light and get my cat over over the neighbour’s garden fence. I have no doubt what- so- ever that this fox meant business. He was attacked a month ago leaving a bad injury to his paws which needed stitches wouldn’t have beloved it it had I not seen it myself our cat is very scared to go out side the cat was one side of the car and the fox was creeping round behind the other side. Their night vision is much better than ours, it’s safer outside at night because there are less cars and people, and the abundance of small creatures scattering about makes night-time prime hunting time for cats. Foxes love to chew, dig and poop all over our lawns. Following reports of another attack on a baby by an urban fox in London, many people have been worried about the risk not just of foxes attacking children, but also pets. If a cat has already been killed (e.g. However, I’m not sure there’s a big enough market to justify the research costs! We have this discussion in our expanded neighbourhood(Camden, Upper& Lower Holloway, Highbury) about foxes killing or hurting cats.There are some fox fanatics in the area who do feed foxes, even we do ask them not to!Our neighbours cat was hurt badly, but was screaming, luckily the owner was just in the kitchen and heard the noise and was able to rescue her fully grown 9 year old cat, who was fit and healthy: All the comments in our neighbourhood are frightening as we got a huge fox population, also due to so many junkfood chaines which of course attracts them:In our garden lives a whole fox family on our shed.

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