I heard a owl a short time later. We have great Horned owls here and hear them frequently. Will a Great Horned owl take a cat? She is 5 years old and weighs about 13lbs.?
Our 2nd cat disappeared mysteriously this evening. She was just hanging around outside the open garage door about 6pm this evening and we were there too. Then a few minutes later we could not find her and she would not come with the sound of can opening.
I SO beg to differ! I just got back from the NE games & parks commision. My favorite cat ( 2 yrs old) came up missing a couple days ago. After searching all over my husband sadly found a part of him. I took the evidence ( feathers, fecal matter & his remaining body part) to them. The authority on predetors said as soon as he saw the feathers, that it was indeed a Great Horned Owl. Moreover he said it was not at all uncommon. If they ( the owls) find a place with easy food supply it would very likely stay around. He also said they can and do on a regular bacis carry prey up to 3 times their own body weight. I'm not sure at this point what we will do. They are protected so our options are limited. I now understand more about our other cats tendencies to hide under the vehicles now. One place they can't be attached I guess. So watch your pets closely. If you hear owls in your area be warned!! I miss my cat :(
Sadly, I have to report that just last week I lost my 1 1/2 year old baby boy cat at night. He was 12 pounds, very personable, loving and cuddly, and had gone out for his usual evening prowl before bed, and never came in. I discovered him lying on his side in our yard the next morning, with only a huge puncture wound on the right side of his face. Yes, we do have coyotes in the neighborhood, a constant worry, but we also have some very large owls from time to time. Because his body was intact, we are making the assumption that he was caught in talons, not by a coyote, but too heavy and when he squirmed was dropped. :/ We now lock all our doggies and kitties inside at night.
Absolutely! I just lost my cat of 13 years to a great horned owl. She was sitting on the block wall in our yard it was close to dusk...I was in my office and a Great Horned Owl attempted to grab my 18 lb kitty from her sitting position. Grabbed her and immediately let go she fell to her death 10ft and broke her poor little neck. He then swooped down and within seconds opened her chest and gutted her chest...OMG this was the worst...My poor kitty did not even know what hit here...so for those of you who are skeptical on what these birds are capable of....well, I can tell you that I have always had outdoor kitties....my Cookie was the sweetest cat you would ever meet and her life had to come to an end because of my stupidity. People don't be like me and regret that I did not do this sooner, I will never let my kitties outside anymore. All my cats will be indoors forever after witnessing such an incredible act. These large birds, owls and hawks are trying to feed their young and they do not know they are our beloved pets...It is just really important to take what we have learned as humans to make it right next time. I am so sorry Cookie for letting you outside, I will be a voice for all the kitty cats out there when I say it is more humane to keep your kitty cats indoors and let them be safe from the natural instincts of wild creatures then to put them in harms way by letting them outside to mistakenly be viewed as food for other animals. GOD rest my Cooker...as she will never be forgotten and always be remembered! I love you my sweet girl....keep my Momma company in heaven!
no bird can survive in the wild long killing cats because if they get bitten once they die, does not matter the species it will happen. NO bird can survive a cat bite. Even if the owl did kill the cat it will die 12 hours later from being bitten.
This is why falconers will shoot cats on site because they know if their bird hits a cat their bird is at a high risk of dying. Most falconers pretty much hate cats. Many birds can handle snake bites snake venom or lizard bites just no bird can handle a cat bite as of yet.
birds can also take a canine bite or a mink or a skunk bite any animal bite just about to their foot but cat bites kill them no raptor on earth can survive a cat bite unless treated with anti boitics and still then its iffy. No bird can. But fox bites and mink and skunk bites do not phase raptors much as long as they dont loose a toe because of it. A great horned owl can take a skunk or a mink. But when it starts taking cats its going to die. No falconer on earth would dare target a feral cat wth his bird does not matter even if it is a wolf or coyote killing golden eagle. That 1 bite can cost his bird its life. Even if it is a cobra or python killing snake eagle does not matter. Its that bacteria in the cats mouth that kills off any raptor killing cats. They never last long in the wild or in captivity as in falconry. It is the worst prey species on earth for a predatory bird to target. A dog is much safer.
if your cat just vanishes in north america 99 percent of the time IF it is not hit by a car or shot by a person it is taken by a coyote. This is all of north america. Coyote is the only north american animal that is a expert cat killer. Other than people shooting and setting out poison. There is a HUGe population out there that hate cats so much they will kill them. You would be so shocked if you knew it is disgusting. One person near me feeds coyotes on purpose cause he loves how they killed off all the cats around here. My cat goes out once a week or so but she has a really aggressive big imported protection dog out there with her in the same area shes in so shes safe.