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2 of my cats attacked AGAIN tonight

post #1 of 20
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OK, this has not been a great year for my cats. I've got 3 and all of them have been attacked this year. One was attacked late last year, another one was attacked in the spring and the other was attacked in the summer. WELL, tonight, we had let them all out and it was around 11:30 that we heard them meowing. Two of our cats had been attacked!!!!! One has a puncture wound on his right ear and the other has a sore paw - I'm not sure if it's broken or not. My dad went outside just now to see if there was anything but only found some dark feces (fresh, I might add!). It was dark, very big, and also looked like it had berries and blood. We live on the edge of a cliff basically and lots of wildlife comes to visit. What could it have been? A bobcat? Fox? Lynx? Coyote? Is there any website I could find out what it could have been so I can go out and kill it myself? Ha. I've had enough.
post #2 of 20
We had bobcat activity in the area of FL I grew up in for awhile, and it was very scary.
Before you let your kits out again, call the local Wildlife Management office to see what they've been sighting in your area lately, if anything.
Unless you want them to get very injured and/or killed, DO NOT let them out again until you get confirmation from Wildlife Management that whatever this is has been trapped and relocated!
post #3 of 20
Can you just let them out during hte day and keep them home after dark? That is what I do as we have feral dogs round here.
post #4 of 20
I don't think it was a bobcat or coyote because they would kill and probably carry off your cats. Is it possible it is a stray cat? I live in the country area of NC. Our house is built on three acres in the middle of fields. We have all kinds of wildlife, bears, coyotes, bobcats etc. We have the cat fence in system. My cats have lived in the yard for five years due to hubby's allergies. All that time has been without incident. Three weeks or so, we had a bobcat to get across the fence at eight thirty in the morning. My cats were already in the back of their insulated dog box they sleep in and they were not moving. We were able to scare off the bobcat without any trouble. My husband was actually trying to kill it, but he missed and the cat got out of the fence. We hate to shoot wild animals and don't do it unless our property or our lives are threatened. In that case, our cats were threatened. Now, I had no choice but to put the cats back in the yard. There are so many animals here and no wildlife agent to turn to in this area. They stay in the yard during the day and in my garage at night. Of course, I won't be able to do that when the weather gets hot because the garage is not air conditioned and it is as well insulated as my house. My answer to you would be investigate the various outside enclosures and provide your cats with a safe outside environment. Unfortunately nothing is foolproof and I realize that. But even indoor cats get exposed to things sometimes and die as a result. We just have to take as good care as we can and pray all the time for the Lord to watch over them.
The day we had the bobcat, we were leaving our driveway to go for a thirty minute walk. If that had happened at any other time, I don't know what the results would have been. I give God the glory.
post #5 of 20
It sounds like you have a very unsafe situation outside for your cats. Some areas are more safe than others. If you have raccoons or coyotes attacking your cats, you need to provide them with a safe area, IMO.

We had trouble with raccoons this summer. Luckily, for the most part, our barn cats seem to know how to keep away from them. And everyone is spayed or neutered, so there is no worry about the safety of any kittens.

If I were in your situation, I would either keep the cats inside, or only let them out in the daytime when I could supervise.
post #6 of 20
I would keep your kitties inside where it's safe...you don't know what is attacking them. They have been blessed not to have been killed. The dark stools tell me that this could be a flesh eater....blood. An animal who kills and eats flesh is bound to consume the blood and it will eventually pass out of the body along with the stools. You could contact the wildlife people about how to handle the situation. Thank the Lord it's not attacking people (small children). Keep your kitties safe inside; the risk is not worth their lives. Have you taken them to the vet for exam and blood work?
post #7 of 20
I agree with the others. You need to keep them inside. It's your responsibility to protect them and continuing to let them outside after they have been attacked more than once is not a very good idea. They can adjust to being inside only kitties just fine. You will need to spend some time with them and make sure they have things inside to occupy them.
A vet visit would be a good idea to have the injuries checked out.
Good luck and keep us updated!
post #8 of 20
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dark feces (fresh, I might add!). It was dark, very big, and also looked like it had berries and blood
sounds like a Bear to me.I would try and find something/someplace to put your cats at night to keep them safe.If that is not possible, maybe put a collar with a bell on it so animals can hear your cats coming and not startle the predator.
post #9 of 20
And you still let your cats out? If I lived in a place where there was lots of wild animals, my cats would NEVER get out of the house.
post #10 of 20
Ooh. Berry feces eh?

You might be dealing with a black bear here.
Where do you live exactly?
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by Zoggy
Ooh. Berry feces eh?

You might be dealing with a black bear here.
Where do you live exactly?

Actually Zoggy, from her description of the feces it sounds more like a large raccoon. Scat is tubular in shape, quite large, jet black with roots and berries and small plants in it.

Raccoons will attack cats especially if you have cat food outside for the cats to eat it, because this is easy food for the coons. They don't have to dig for it, or run up a tree for it, they just have to attack the creatures that are eating it.

Cats should be indoor when outdoor predators are prevalent in the area. If a bear was after your cat (again doubtful) or a coyote, you would not find much left but perhaps a few cat hairs and some bones
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by hissy
Actually Zoggy, from her description of the feces it sounds more like a large raccoon. Scat is tubular in shape, quite large, jet black with roots and berries and small plants in it.

Raccoons will attack cats especially if you have cat food outside for the cats to eat it, because this is easy food for the coons. They don't have to dig for it, or run up a tree for it, they just have to attack the creatures that are eating it.

Cats should be indoor when outdoor predators are prevalent in the area. If a bear was after your cat (again doubtful) or a coyote, you would not find much left but perhaps a few cat hairs and some bones
Maybe you're right. I'm basing my information on the wild adventures of Jeff Corwin.
It makes more sense too. I'd think an agile raccoon has a much greater advantage to puncture a wound in a cat's ear, as opposed to a big clumsy bear.

Maybe the size of the feces can provide more clues?
post #13 of 20
Hubby hunts in the woods all the time and has lived here all his life, I described the poo to him. He said it could be from a coyotte also.They do NOT like cats and will kill them when given the chance.Also, bears poop out berries all the time.So, given the question of what animal it is; I would say a bear, racoon, or a coyotte.
I would find some way of sheltering your cats from the "predator" as soon as you can.
post #14 of 20
I'm sure it was a raccoon. I just found the same exact scat in my barn as what you describe, big, black with berries, and I know mine came from a raccoon. We've got them all the time in there and they always leave me presents right out in the open where it's sure to be seen...almost like marking their territory.
post #15 of 20
Scat is generally found where there are digging marks, the bear doesn't cover the scat, but he disturbs the area around where he has taken a dump, and you can see claw marks or leaves disturbed. I would suggest you look into an outside enclosure to keep your cat's safe. If you decide to build one, you need to bury the wire at the base of the enclosure and then set gravel over that to discourage coons and possums and skunks from digging into the enclosure. Good luck
post #16 of 20
Was there some reason the cats can't be kept in at night? It's much safer for them. Good luck kitties!
post #17 of 20
Oh your poor kitties, i really hope you find a solution for your problem. We are so lucky where i live that we don't have to worry about wild animals. I think the only thing my cats have to worry about is cats that are bigger than them, lol. I think my cat Bobby is the sheriff in our street and his brother, Bumble is his deputy. They seem to strut around and keep all the other cats in line, lol.
post #18 of 20
I agree that it sounds like raccoons, although coyote scat is similar, the coyotes would have prob. made short work of your cats. Either way, make sure that your cats are vaccinated for RABIES immediately, if they aren't already!! Coons can also transmit "cat fever". They can infect your cat by licking/eating from your cats' dishes. Please, please protect your cats by keeping them in some sort of enclosure! These wild critters can pose health threats not only to the cats, but to you! Good luck & please keep us posted! Susan
post #19 of 20
I agree that if all three of your cats have been attacked in the past year, then obviously it is not safe for them to be outdoors, at least not after dark. Regardless of what creature did this, future attacks can be prevented by keeping your cats indoors at night.
post #20 of 20
Oh PLEASE find a way to keep these kitties inside and safe, especialy at night when there are apparently so many scary night creatures that would harm them.
Linda
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