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Old 17.01.2009, 19:44
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Foxes and domestic cats

Hello all! *maybe not for sensitive readers*

I believe this topic was covered before by concerned cat lovers like myself.
The issue is if foxes posed a danger to domestic cats. The answer was that foxes won't normally attack or kill cats.
We live outside Vevey among the vine-yards on the fringe of the suburbs and often see foxes around.
I am sorry to report that I saw one outside our window yesterday morning carrying the remains of a domestic cat. I was frantic as we have two cats. I understand it might have been a road-kill, but I think it is unlikely as we have no busy roads around.
It could be that with the recent cold-snap that foxes are getting desperate and will take risks for food. I urge people with cats to take care (somehow) - I like foxes but will probably make some noise and commotion to chase them away from the house in future.

Sorry, I know it is not a nice post - but I love cats - please take care of them.

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Old 17.01.2009, 20:03
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Re: Foxes and domestic cats

I am sorry you saw this. It must have been upsetting.

It is very unlikely that a fox would take a healthy cat. They are basically opportunists and will go for the easy option. It is probable that the cat was already injured or dead.

http://www.derbyfoxes.org/cats.htm
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I am sorry you saw this. It must have been upsetting.

It is very unlikely that a fox would take a healthy cat. They are basically opportunists and will go for the easy option. It is probable that the cat was already injured or dead.

http://www.derbyfoxes.org/cats.htm
I agrre, this cat was most probably dead as a fox would not take on a cat!
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Old 17.01.2009, 21:01
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Re: Foxes and domestic cats

Sure, I am aware of the conventional wisdom that it happens very rarely, but unfortunately there has been several confirmed cases of cats being killed by foxes.
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Re: Foxes and domestic cats

Our neighbours have cats, and a few months ago there was a fox in our garden, our neighbours now keep there cats indoors and the fox as not been back since
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Re: Foxes and domestic cats

We have chickens and cats living together and the cats keep foxes away from the chooks. Unfortunately the cats will not take on an eagle!

I agree it is highly unlikely a fox would go for a cat, maybe a kitten. They are too timid and cats too street wise. Our Rottweiller can't even catch one of our cats! I'm pretty sure the fox found a dead cat.
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Old 18.01.2009, 16:38
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We have chickens and cats living together and the cats keep foxes away from the chooks. Unfortunately the cats will not take on an eagle!

I agree it is highly unlikely a fox would go for a cat, maybe a kitten. They are too timid and cats too street wise. Our Rottweiller can't even catch one of our cats! I'm pretty sure the fox found a dead cat.
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Re: Foxes and domestic cats

There are more foxes than people in the UK - we used to have them digging holes in our lawn, the foxes, not the people. Naturally there are millions of cats too. I have never heard of foxes taking cats - or visa versa...
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Re: Foxes and domestic cats

Foxes frequent my garden and are fairly tame. There are cats around as well.

Picture in my back garden last June.

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There are more foxes than people in the UK - we used to have them digging holes in our lawn, the foxes, not the people. Naturally there are millions of cats too. I have never heard of foxes taking cats - or visa versa...
There are about a quarter of a million foxes in The UK and 60 million people!
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Old 18.01.2009, 17:26
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There are about a quarter of a million foxes in The UK and 60 million people!
And around 7.2 million cats.
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There are about a quarter of a million foxes in The UK and 60 million people!
Just seemed like more foxes than people where I lived in Dorset.

TIP: if you want to keep foxes out of your garden, mark your territory by urinating over it. A pal in the UK swears by this and claims this keeps his garden fox free...
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Just seemed like more foxes than people where I lived in Dorset.

TIP: if you want to keep foxes out of your garden, mark your territory by urinating over it. A pal in the UK swears by this and claims this keeps his garden fox free...
I'd probably get caught doing it and arrested!!
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Old 18.01.2009, 17:39
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Re: Foxes and domestic cats

A word of warning, try to discourage froxes from coming onto your property, their faeces carry some rather nasty bugs:
http://www.foxolutions.co.uk/foxproblems.htm
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