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Do Hawks eat Cats?

post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
Do hawks or falcons or any large birds eat cats cause i know they eat rabits that are almost the same size. If they do i wouldnt fell safe letting my cat go outside.
post #2 of 34
I know the vets in this area advise owners of cats & small dogs about hawks & other predator birds-I've been in my yard with my cats who are only out with me & hawks have circled & the cats are inside immediately!
post #3 of 34
I'm sure they would if the cat was small enough....
post #4 of 34
When I lived in Sioux Lookout we had bald eagles and they told us not to let our cat out (he's an indoor cat anyways) but they said that the eagles could and would take cats.
post #5 of 34
I have seen large hawks and eagles take cats, so yes, they can and do.
post #6 of 34
Last year my husband's work cat was killed and eaten by a hawk. It was an upsetting day for everyone when they found his body.
post #7 of 34
Hawks will kill cats and if you are in a rural area coyotes also will kill cats.
post #8 of 34
They will, and there are also many other good reasons to keep your cat inside for it's health and safety. If you want to bring your cat outside occassionally, you can harness/leash train him so that you can keep an eye on him.
post #9 of 34
When I lived in Hawaii, we had a HUGE bird, (dusk so hard to see what it was) come swooping down on my puppy Scruffy. We were having a picnic up on a hill overlooking Honolulu and the lights and this bird came out of nowhere. I heard it coming, then saw where it was headed and literally threw myself on top of Scruffy, screaming. Dave thought I had lost my mind because he didn't realize what was happening..... I was really scared!
post #10 of 34
Hawks,eagles,coyotes-they all will eat a cat! In fact I have even heard that a fox will catch one as well.
post #11 of 34
We have red-tailed hawks cruising the area all the time. I've seen them get birds. Perhaps since they have so much other prey they leave my cats alone??
With Grizzly so chubby the hawk would not be able to get airborne!!
I wish it would take out that peacock though!!
post #12 of 34
....poor kittys!..............
post #13 of 34
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
When I lived in Hawaii, we had a HUGE bird, (dusk so hard to see what it was) come swooping down on my puppy Scruffy. We were having a picnic up on a hill overlooking Honolulu and the lights and this bird came out of nowhere. I heard it coming, then saw where it was headed and literally threw myself on top of Scruffy, screaming. Dave thought I had lost my mind because he didn't realize what was happening..... I was really scared!
There aren't many birds of prey here, maybe an owl? Those can get pretty big can't they? Just curious, what park was this? Tantalus?
post #14 of 34
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Originally Posted by catloverin_ks
Hawks,eagles,coyotes-they all will eat a cat! In fact I have even heard that a fox will catch one as well.
Hawks, eagles, coyotes - this I understand.

I'm not sure that I'd fancy a fox's chances up against at least the older (and bigger) of my two cats - Molly has an unerring instinct to claw eyes when she's being agressive, and she's super fast.

I know a few cats bigger and heavier than her, and with more muscle.

Is it a size thing? I'm never heard of this being a problem in Ireland, where we do have foxes - though not the other three beasties. Maybe our foxes are smaller or have more wildspace.
post #15 of 34
Thread Starter 
Well are there any hawks or eagles in the San Diego area
post #16 of 34
Yes, there are several raptors that live near San Diego... There are also eagles nearby. I don't know how many live actually in San Diego, but they're close enough that it would be possible for one to be where you live. Falcons often inhabit cities, and have adapted to using skyscrapers as nesting places.
post #17 of 34

How did you find the body? My sweet baby cat snuggles is missing and we have three hawks in the area so I am thinking that is what happened but I'd like to know for sure!

post #18 of 34
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Originally Posted by MommaJ View Post

How did you find the body? My sweet baby cat snuggles is missing and we have three hawks in the area so I am thinking that is what happened but I'd like to know for sure!

Welcome to TCS. I'm sorry your Snuggles is missing. You might want to check out the SOS forum for suggestions on things you can do to find a lost cat.

Just a note: this thread is 6 years old and it's unlikely that any of the previous posters are still following it.
post #19 of 34
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Originally Posted by Denice View Post

Hawks will kill cats and if you are in a rural area coyotes also will kill cats.

 

  It doesn't have to be a rural area; we have coyotes in Boston and the rest of eastern Massachusetts.

post #20 of 34

Very large hawks, eagles and horned owls will all take cats and smaller dogs. For reference, horned owls take skunks as prey so even a medium sized dog isn't safe around them; hawks don't hae quite the power of an owl or eagle

post #21 of 34
We saw an eagle grab and fly off with a small dog who was right beside his owner, so a large hawk wouldn't have much trouble with a cat.
post #22 of 34

Hawks can and do kill cats.  I just had a very tough 16 lb feral cat that adopted me in Florida be killed by my home in the mountains of N. Carolina.  If you think they aren't that strong, you are sadly mistaken.  KEEP YOUR CATS INSIDE!  This young man was strong, ferocious and fast!  He still lost :((    And, I lost the best cat I have ever been adopted by.

post #23 of 34

Last Sunday afternoon, DH and I were arriving at our church and I saw a huge bird in the grassy quad area. I think it had a ground squirrel in it's talons. It flew low and then right into one of the windows of the sanctuary! It made a loud boom and was stunned a few seconds, then flew off with its prey. I think it saw its reflection in the window and thought another bird was after its meal! Thank God the window did not break!

 

One of our friends think it might have been an eagle. Not a bald eagle but a different one. It was HUGE!!!!

post #24 of 34

A couple of years ago I saw a hawk grab a squirrel right off a tree <<<shudder>>>.  So I'm sure they will take a cat.  I have a feral that has never been bothered by the hawks or owls around here but there are plenty of mice etc. for them to eat so maybe it's a supply and demand thing.  I've even heard of small dogs being taken by some of the bigger birds. 
 

post #25 of 34

I know this thread is old, but it still has good information. Hawks, owls, eagles and falcons WILL take cats and small dogs.  I live in a small clearing in tall trees and I have seen red-tailed hawks that could take a possum or raccoon.  Even if they don't succeed in carrying the pet off, the talons will leave huge wounds.

 

Please, keep your cats indoors.

post #26 of 34

Yes, unfortunately. That and coyotes are always threats when it comes to working cats on farms and such--but even with modern technology, there's nothing that can equal a good mouser for pest control.

post #27 of 34

When Willow was a kitten, she was playing in the front yard with my mom watching her. A crow swooped down and tried to carry her off. Willow was a bit too heavy for it and when mom went running after them, it ditched Willow and flew off. Surprised the stuffing out of us all. Then two years later, when Buffy was a kitten, another crow tried the same thing, and again was chased off. Mom emphasized both times that the bird actually had the kitten in the air before dropping her. So if something looks like food, predators will at least consider it.

post #28 of 34

Thank you for sharing your stories and sorry for those who lost their cats!  I have a big ragdoll who I occasionally take out on a leash.  Recently we have had a couple of red tailed hawks hanging out in the back.  - all the squirrels are now hiding!  When I asked my family about this, they laughed.  But one flew down a little too close for comfort, do despite my cat's dismay, I immediately brought him inside.  So thank you for making me feel that I did the right thing and not overreacting!

post #29 of 34
Yes, in my area, I know two people who have outdoor cats.

Neighbor 1:
Cat lost, probably due to coyote
2 cats died of urinary problems -- possibly unrelated to being outdoors.
1 cat left out of 4.


Aunt:
1 cat eaten by owl
1 cat accidentally drowned in neighbor's swimming pool
1 cat run over by car
1 cat fell down stairs -- obviously an indoor issue, not an outdoor one.
They keep replacing their cats, though, so I think they still have around 4, although it might be more like 3.

These anecdotes are the main reason my mom and I have insisted on keeping our cats indoors -- although I AM looking into harness training. My mom doesn't think it will work.

Edit: I forgot to add the br tags, so it was all one long paragraph.
post #30 of 34
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Originally Posted by LLHH View Post

Hawks can and do kill cats.  I just had a very tough 16 lb feral cat that adopted me in Florida be killed by my home in the mountains of N. Carolina.  If you think they aren't that strong, you are sadly mistaken.  KEEP YOUR CATS INSIDE!  This young man was strong, ferocious and fast!  He still lost :((    And, I lost the best cat I have ever been adopted by.

Yeah, I live in the mountains of NC too..Which area are you located in?

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