What animals eat cats?

In this cat blog, we answered the major question, “What animals eat cats?” we also discussed the major predators of cats, why wild animals eat domesticated cats, and how you can protect your cats from wild animals.

What animals eat cats?

Following are the animals that eat cats:

  • Hawks
  • Owls
  • Wolves
  • Coyotes
  • Bobcat

These are the major predators of domestic cats and you need to make sure you protect your cats from these predators.

What are the major predators of domesticated cats?

Following are the major predators of domesticated cats:

Hawks

Hawks are the fastest birds and they love to hunt animals on the ground. They have excellent vision and can trace their target from far above the ground. They like to hunt small animals such as rats, mice, rodents, and small cats. 

They like to eat the flesh of the cats and remove the bones because the cats have strong bones which are not easily crushed by the hawks.

Bobcat

Bobcat is a type of wild animal that can jump very high. Bobcats also like to hunt domesticated cats and you have to look out for them. Bobcat lives in the forest. The bobcat usually does not get out of the forest but if there is a shortage of food in the forest, they will get out from the forest in search of food and this is the time when your pet cat is at the most risk.

If the bobcat happens to see any cat near the forest, it will attack your cat and your cat will have a very short time to save itself as the bobcats are very fast.

Owls

The owls usually do not hunt cats as the average cat size is equal to that of an owl but one thing that distinguishes the owl from the cat is the strong claws and the speed of the owl. The fight between the cat and an owl is won by the owl because of the speed and the technique of the owl that it uses for the fighting.

The largest predator owl is the large horn owl in North America which can pick up an average size cat and dog very easily and then kill them at the spot if they try to fight it back. Owls usually hunt at night as they are nocturnal animals. You need to make sure you keep your cats safe from such attacks at night. 

Wolves

Wolves are the ancestors of the dog. Wolves are also hunter animals and they like to eat the flesh of other animals. They usually go for the deer family but can attack your cat if your cat happens to cross their path. 

Wolves usually live in the forest and usually travel in the pack. It is almost impossible for your cat to run away from a wolf.

What are the major reasons wild animals attack your cat?

Following are the major reasons for wild animals attacking your cat:

Hunger

The major and basic reason wild animals attack your cat is hunger. In the wild, food is usually scarce so the wild animals eat what they found. If they happen to find a cat they will eat it, especially the carnivore family members such as wolves.

Territory marking

The next thing is the territory marking in the wild. Territory marking is a thing that is adopted by each and every wild animal, even the birds. They mark their territory which means nobody is allowed to enter the territory without the permission of the owner of the territory which is a wild animal.

Threat

If your cat happens to reach near the babies of the wild animals, the mother will feel the threat so it will attack your cat and will kill your cat on the spot.

How can you protect your cat from the wild attacks of predators?

Following are the ways by which you can protect your cat from the predator of the wild:

Keep your cat indoors

The first thing you can do if you are living near the forest is to keep your cat indoors at night. The wild predators are usually active at night and they can hunt your cat at night.

Keep the garbage lid closed

Keep the garbage lid closed because wild animals are attracted to the garbage as the garbage has waste food that is not edible by humans.

Feed your cat inside

Try to feed your cat inside the house at night because the food will attract wild animals. The wild animals can smell the food from a distant place.

Conclusion

In this cat blog, we answered the major question, “What animals eat cats?” we also discussed the major predators of cats, why wild animals eat domesticated cats, and how you can protect your cats from wild animals.

References

https://www.seniorcatwellness.com/animals-that-prey-on-cats/
https://petkeen.com/what-animals-attack-cats-predators/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territory_(animal)

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