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jennifer

foxes

We get a lot of foxes in our town gardens. I am concerned that they may attack my pet cats. The sound that a fox makes is horrible, my cats are terrified by the noises they make.
Do foxes attack cats?
green man

I've never known of that happening , I think it would be an exceptional event, the fox doesn't usually take unnecessary risks.
Ratman

We have had reports of foxes killing very old or very young cats round here. Usually a good fighting fit moggy will stand his ground and command mutual respect from a fox. However as I reported a couple of weeks ago I actually had a call where afox had bitten a woman in her garden. See fox attack in chat thread.
quackerjack

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However as I reported a couple of weeks ago I actually had a call where a fox had bitten a woman in her garden.


I am not surprised by this, when we lived in a town centre, we had foxes outside our house every night, what a noise they made and you regularly saw them scavaging outside Asda.

Amazingly since we moved to the middle of the countryside, I have only ever seen one fox on our land and luckily we have only lost one goose to a fox.

QJ
bodger

An extemely large dog fox will will weigh in at around 20lbs where as most actually weigh between 9 and 14lbs.
They will avoid the sort of fight that your average healthy moggy would put up, but if hard pressed ?

Some dogs get the knack of despatching a cat in an instant and whose to say that certain foxes couldn't learn the knack and aquire the taste as well.
I think its safe to say that foxes do on rare occasions take cats but that in the main the two animals show a mutual respect for each other.
fish

and a few less cats in the world cant be a bad thing! :angry4:
yeeharr

Foxes in the area of South London that I'm from regularly kill cats. A few years ago there was an article in the local rag over a spate of cats being "ripped to pieces", who got the blame? Hunters and their "vicious lurchers", a concerned resident photographed one of these dogs attacking his neighbours cat, turns out it was a fox!

A couple of nights ago Sinawi tried to wake me as there were two foxes on the pavement outside our house, she saw our neighbour and his Labrador cross approach the foxes and watched as the dog started barking and the foxes just wandered about only 10 feet away from the dog, they didn't run off but stayed where they were and watched our neighbour and his dog walk away. I slept through this!! Our neighbour kept a tight grip on the dogs lead, I feel my grip my have been a lot looser! , my little lurcher hates foxes even though some of the big dogs are bigger than him, he'll try to have a go.
Pheasant Plucker

Many years ago my parents heard an awful noise on the dairy farm we lived on,two foxes had conered the local large ginger tom at 2am and if not for the noise they would have killed him.
Also we had pigs on the farm,whilst in the farrows the foxes would jump into the sty's and grab a piglet before the sow could move,awful noise of a piglet screaming down the fields in the dark.
kaz

I can't imagine that the responses to your post have reassured you have they Jen :-? :sad11:
finnman

fox

up to 4 years ago we seemed to have small amount of foxes but to whom it concerns because of encorageing feeding and looking now they are a problem to u.u.u. so what do u do catch them and send them out to the countryside back to where they come from ''does that not tell u something that because of your lets have a pet 'you have created a huge problem in the fact that they know see themselves as smarter than u
moocher

years ago an old countryman told me that the only way a cat could escape a fox was if there was a tree handy that had no low branches as the fox would climb up the low branches into the tree. i know its not helping but on a forum there was a pic took in the welsh valleys recently of a fox with what looked like a cat,but the debate was whether it was a roadkill or if it had been caught.
Brownbear

Actually, you can't relaese urban foxes into the countryside unless you want them to starve to death. Urban foxes are scavengers, not hunters for the most part, and when released en masse usually just mill aimlessly about the woods until a gamekeeper or farmer shoots them. If not, well, it would be like taking a media executive out of the Groucho Club and dumping him in the territory of the Kalahari bushmen. Same species, different survival skills.
Lloyd

Brownbear wrote:
If not, well, it would be like taking a media executive out of the Groucho Club and dumping him in the territory of the Kalahari bushmen. Same species, different survival skills.




Nicely put mate!

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