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post #1 of 29
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This morning me and my husband went outside to go for our morning walk. He just happened to glance toward our back yard and said there is a bobcat in our yard. WELL, he was not just in our yard. He was inside our cat enclosure. The two cats were nowhere to be seen. My husband scare him away with the 22. My cats were safe and hidden inside their insulated box where they sleep. I am not sure if they saw the cat. They were noticeably spooked, but that could have been because of the gun shots. Anyway, we have lived here three years and have never had anything get inside the fence enclosure where they are before now. I am glad hubby was home.
post #2 of 29
Wow, thank heavens for hubbies eh!?

Are bobcats common where you are?
post #3 of 29
Wow -much more wildlife seems to be appearing around here too. My neighbor saw a fox last week deer hunting by our houses. My nephew saw many coyotes while he was deer hunting about 40 miles north of here.
Glad that the cats weren't harmed.
post #4 of 29
I am soooo glad your cats are safe, that was a close call..
post #5 of 29
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Originally Posted by Purity
Wow, thank heavens for hubbies eh!?

Are bobcats common where you are?
Well, it is not something you see everyday here, but we knew they were all around us. I have lived here three years and have never seen one in the yard before. It worries me because we live on three acres that is really in the middle of a field. It is all farmland passed down in my family for generations. I don't know why he would have come across the fence where the cats are. But we know there are bears, deer, panthers, bobcats and Lord knows what else in these woods around here. I just am thankful my cats are okay. I have a big cat cage I will probably open and put in the garage for a night or two to make sure that big cat isn't coming back. My husband didn't kill it.
post #6 of 29
Wow!!, a scare indeed!!..maybe you should contact the local wildlife authourities in your area just to make them aware of what happened.

I'm so glad that you and your kitties weren't hurt.
post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by Miss Mew
Wow!!, a scare indeed!!..maybe you should contact the local wildlife authourities in your area just to make them aware of what happened.

I'm so glad that you and your kitties weren't hurt.
We live in such a country area, I am not sure such a thing exists.
post #8 of 29
That is scary. Thank goodness your cats managed to hide out in their box. I wonder if the bobcat was looking for prey or a mate?
post #9 of 29
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Originally Posted by jcat
That is scary. Thank goodness your cats managed to hide out in their box. I wonder if the bobcat was looking for prey or a mate?
There is a huge pecan tree inside the fence and my husband told me there was probably a coon or something in it. But since then, I have been reading on the internet some and it does say that bobcats will attack and prey on domestic cats. I have a big cat cage and I set it up in the garage. My cats will be spending some nights there long enough for me to make sure he isn't still hanging around here.
post #10 of 29
Wow-thank goodness for your husband!!
I would have been so scared- Good thing your kitties didn't get hurt!
post #11 of 29
Wow. Maybe your little cats aren't safe anymore. Do you think the bobcat is hungry?
post #12 of 29
I'd have passed out!!!!!!! I'm soooooo glad your babies are ok!
post #13 of 29
Back when I lived in the Carolinas an ex-boyfriend George asked me to come over to his somewhat rural place. Just after dark he showed me why. There was a Bobcat making regular visits to his front yard. And she had kits! She didn't seem to mind us at all. We were only about ten feet from them. I think she took them out for a hunting lesson. One of the kits got quite close and started growling threats and batting in our direction. It was funny but worried me. I was afraid mom would think we were a threat to her kid. But she looked bored as she came close enough to pick the fierce little kitling up by the scruff and tote him away. I was in awe. I've never been so close to a big cat in the wild.

Yes, they can attack housecats. I don't know if that would be rare in N.C. or not. Wild game there is very plentiful. Really I wouldn't take the chance. I just hope there is a way to resolve the issue without harming the wildcat, or putting your kitties at risk.
post #14 of 29
I wonder if it would hurt a housecat if it wasnt provoked? I would guess it wouldnt/i doubt they would see a housecat as food I think they are too similar. I would think the only the bobcat would attack if it felt threatened by a housecat but this is just a guess. BUT I certainly wouldnt take ANY chances.
post #15 of 29
Oh my gosh! So now what are you gonna do? Are you scared that if there is one...then maybe there are more???
I`m glad yourfurbabies are OK!
Linda
post #16 of 29
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touro 1979 -I read on the internet that bobcats and coyotes, which we have both, do prey on and attack domestic cats for food. But where I live there is so much wildlife, I would think they could find plenty in the woods without coming out in the open. You have to understand I live on a big piece of land 3 acres all cleared and it sits in the middle of a field. So that bobcat had to come across three or four acres of field where beans are planted to even get in my yard.
And Linda, answering your question, yes I think there is more than one. There are probably many around here. I just have seen the one on our land though. I have a big wire animal cage and the cats are in that inside our garage. I will probably put them there at night for awhile to make certain that cat isn't coming back. If he comes back, my husband will have no choice but to shoot it. I hate that, but if he gets caged inside our fence again, he is a dangerous animal. He nearly destroyed our fence trying to get out. But what we are hoping is it scared him so bad he won't come back.
post #17 of 29
Thank God your husband scared off the bobcat! I'm so glad your kitties are safe and sound! I'll be praying that no more unwanted visitors come around!!
post #18 of 29
Please don't shoot the cat till you try other options.

How bout contacting these guys?

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

They may be able to help. It's worth a try.
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by Bugaboo1
. I have a big wire animal cage and the cats are in that inside our garage. I will probably put them there at night for awhile to make certain that cat isn't coming back. If he comes back, my husband will have no choice but to shoot it. I hate that, but if he gets caged inside our fence again, he is a dangerous animal. He nearly destroyed our fence trying to get out. But what we are hoping is it scared him so bad he won't come back.
Why not put your kitties inside? that way the bobcat wont't be tempted to hurt them. and as far as shooting it, why not shoot in the air and frighten it off that way?
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by jugen
Why not put your kitties inside? that way the bobcat wont't be tempted to hurt them. and as far as shooting it, why not shoot in the air and frighten it off that way?

My cats can't be inside because my husband has serious allergies to cats.
I have no choice but to keep them outside enclosed in our fence. He did shoot into the air and scared off the bobcat. It will not be shot unless we feel it is threatening us or our property. The problem was it got in our fence and could not get out. We have a four ft. chain link fence with something called a cat fence in system installed around the top. It keeps other cats out and our cats in.
post #21 of 29
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Just wanted to update this post and tell you guys the bobcat who visited our yard has not been seen again. When he left our yard that day, he was treed across the field in a neighbors yard by their yellow lab. That person put the dog on his porch and the cat left. So for all you exotic cat lovers, we have not had to harm this cat. We are playing a tv or radio all the time in our out building so maybe any animals would be frightened off by people talking. I put my cats in the garage at night until the beans were cut in the fields. It is wide open space now and we are hoping the bobcat won't be back.
post #22 of 29
Wow glad to hear that your babies were fine and that the Bobcat didn't make a meal out of them.

I know at one point and time I had a solid white Manx(Just like The Sammycat) anywho Rajah(the white one) was seen running a fox out of my yard. That really freaked me out cause I always thought that a fox would kill cats for a meal too. Who knows Rajah was mean and ornery anyway the fox just didn't know who he was messing with
post #23 of 29
I'm glad to hear all the cats in this story are OK!
post #24 of 29
why are you hating the bobcats?

im a bit confused, doesnt someone on this site keep them as pets?
post #25 of 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by fwan
why are you hating the bobcats?

im a bit confused, doesnt someone on this site keep them as pets?
Fwan I don't think they actually hate bobcats but will do what they have to for protection of their pets and themselves.
post #26 of 29
The bobcats around here won't stop at domesticated cats. There is a very ambitious one around here that has gotten livestock & pet dogs. Our kitty vet has a bobcat that someone had as a pet. They didn't want it anymore, so now she has it.
post #27 of 29
Yikes! The wildlife is taking over! I live in Wyoming, so needless to say it's very rural and we have the same problem. Our's is a mountain lion that comes through here. Dang thing is getting small dog's and cats. Their very easy to get, so the wildlife really targets them. My present cat was a stray, so she will not stay inside 24/7. I do let her out during the day for short period's of time, but not at night. We're surrounded by dog's so I'm always on the lookout for what their barking at. The mountain lion hunts mostly at night. I think having all the dogs out during the day help's keep it away during daylight hour's.
post #28 of 29
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I thought I would resurrect this old thread of mine about the bobcat. It was last October when he got in our yard. He has not been seen since then until last Friday. Sometime around four in the afternoon a neighbor who lives across the field was sitting on her back porch. A big cat came across the road onto their property. He walked the boundaries of their property line and finally went into the woods. She is very concerned because her grandson gets off the bus and stays with her after school. Most of the time he is playing in the backyard. That day, he just happened to be in the swing on the porch with her. But of course, it could be a different cat. I hope we don't see him again.
post #29 of 29
I bet anything he scaled your fence, I am not sure how you have your cage set up, but it sounds like you have a cat fence aroudn it, how tall is that? Maybe look into getting a taller one???
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