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Does a fox attack cats?

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My cat usually comes in at night when I call him, normally before I go to bed, and settles down at the bottom of my bed for the night. He wakes me around 5.00am to go out but this morning he didn't and when I got up I asked my son if he had let him out this morning but he said that the cat went out last night when he came home from his girlfriends. This morning there is fur all over my lawn and my cat is not coming when I call him. Obviously I am thinking the worst. Does anybody know if foxes will attack cats?

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I know. I only meant still as

I know. I only meant still as in it's such an old wives tale that cats should be let out at night but many people still believe that's the case.
 

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My dear Samsam, Regardless of

My dear Samsam,

Regardless of what anybody else says, their reputation and so called knowledge means nothing to me, I will tell you this :-

FOXE`S DO NOT ATTACK CATS. They keep well clear of cats and dogs if they can and would only attack if cornered or threatened - for your knowledge, rather like I would do myself. Fox`s have a bad name and neurotic unintelligent people accept this wrong and  unfair image as Gospel. My own beautiful Rottweiler suffers the same blind bad press and gulible misunderstanding as a Fox does, simply because of his breed and the stupidity of brainless people.

Urban Fox`s ? Just another variety of harmless wildlife.

Country Fox`s ? Exactly the same as Urban, except they have to live and feed their young. This is where the Farmer with his big gun sets about exterminating every Fox he can find, or those obnoxious upper- class boneheads with their packs of dogs, nice red coats and blood-lust mentality, savage the poor things to pieces just for fun.

I have fed my local Fox`s for many years, every single night. There has been no trouble reported to my knowledge anywhere in my area or town for that matter in all the years I have lived here - 30 years so far.

Fox`s do a lot of good which people do not appreciate. They help keep the area clear of vermin and other pests, clear up food waste etc. and all they want is to carve a living out of their hard lives and bring up their families, just like us.

We have had cats over the years and several of our neighbours have cats now, there has never been any problems with Fox`s which come into all our gardens, certainly mine to get their food.

Fur all over the lawn ? Seen it many times. The result of cat fights, I have had it in my garden many times including from my own cat. Cats are nororious for fighting and the fur really fly`s.

I do hope your cat is OK and returns, if not you will have to do a bit of area searching. Getting locked in garages and sheds is popular. You will have to ask all your neighbours to check their  property. Most animals go and hide when injured, if or when they feel better they may come home, but if the injury is too  severe, they just lay down and die.

A lady near me recently lost her cat for 2 days. It was found by a neighbour in their water butt, clinging to the side for it`s very life. Could easily have drowned. It is OK now.

Hopefully, when he does come home  or you find him, check him out for bites - they turn into sores or abcessess easily.

John

PS - I would just like to point out that there is a huge mass of avid fun loving Fox killers out there and this subject can get nasty when they meet me. I was banned from a Forum on this issue, simply because I slammed down hard some gun crazy, blood thirsty cretin who had no feelings whatsoever for our wildlife. I don`t intend it to happen here, so having said my piece, I will not return to this thread.

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I have to agree with John on

I have to agree with John on the whole fox issue, I hate the killing of foxes and I do think that it was a cat fight. Have you found your cat yet?

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Just a final comment on our

Just a final comment on our association with these beautiful creatures. End up with a laugh.

I have seen a cat attack a Fox and chase it off. Foxey never wanted any part of it.

I have aslo seen a Crow attack a cat in a tree until it came down, then the Crow chased it like an angry goose into it`s house. Luckily the back door was open and the owner shooed the crow off. The crow had young about at the  time.

AND I have seen a Magpie attack a cat (my cat) and win.

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Panic over eveything is fine

Panic over eveything is fine :-)

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I’m sure it must be a

I’m sure it must be a fox or something worse than that, cat fights don’t leave furs on the ground because those kinds of fight are not so harmful.

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@ Greenviper Your comment

@ Greenviper

Your comment :-

I’m sure it must be a fox or something worse than that, cat fights don’t leave furs on the ground because those kinds of fight are not so harmful.

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My comment :-

Absolute rubbish. You obviously know nothing about foxes and very little about cat fights.

It is NOT a fox. Don`t jump to damaging conclusions and blame an innocent animal. I have already said that foxes do not attack cats unless threatened and that is a VERY rare situation.

Cat fights ? I have had cats most of my life and seen the results of cat fights in my garden, including my own cats contributions. There was fur everywhere. Cat fights are very damaging affairs.

You say cat fights are not harmful ? Where on Earth have you got that nonesense from ? They are VERY harmful and the wounds received can be extremely serious, so bad that one of my cats had to go to the Vet. Cat bites are severe and nasty, they often cause terrible abcesses. I have  even seen a cat blinded by a cat fight.

Cats have sharp teeth and very sharp claws, they can do an awful lot of damage, even to humans let alone other cats.

Come off it GV, you cannot be serious (John McEnroe). But remember this - whatever you saw, it was NOT a fox that caused it - it was a cat fight.

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I suspected it was a cat

I suspected it was a cat fight. 

Some ginger cat strolled into my garden the other day and they were fighting to the point that they draw blood and inflicted bad scratches to each other, and yes it did result in infections & trips to vet for antibiotics. 

Blimming fights.

Now John,

Now, going back to idil chit chatter. This will probably offend you (not intentionally) but why does anyone get upset about comments made by random strangers they will never meet?

And some posters can get so catty...  (excuse the punt)

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Samsam, That`s life ! What I

Samsam,

That`s life ! I do not need patronising advice on how to conduct myself in this big wide world, I am a very long experienced veteran and so far have survived. And what is more, I have often crossed swords with people I have never met, including Local Authorities, Police, Central Government, a million different companies together with Uncle Tom Cobly and all.

Posters on Forum`s are "Open Season", none of us know each other and I have taken a LOT of insolent stick over the years from posters I have never met, but not without my giving them a few bruises.

What I do not tolerate is accusations made against perfectly innocent animals through lack of knowledge. Foxes get a bad press and urban foxes do a lot of good and very little damage. They are a benefit to our urban society and are lovely creatures.

As a regular contributor to the "League Against Cruel Sports" I will not tolerate any accusations against innocent animals that only want to survive in a harsh world and bring up their young.

I have fed these beautiful creatures in my garden for many years, every single night and there has not been one instance of trouble with the local cats, including mine.

Any moron who has a downer on foxes for killing their chickens is a mindless nuthead, they should protect their damned chickens and stop wimping,

The whooping imbecilic scum who chase foxes with packs of dogs and enjoy them being savaged to death are in my book candidates for a firing squad. Not worth the air they breath.

If I offend somebody with my comments, it is not intentional but be my guest, it is a funny world and full of funny people and I am not one of them. Just a footslogger with  simple, logical, mostly intelligent and often beneficial advice. If anybody does not like what I say, well tough luck. I was never born to be a diplomat, just a soldier trained to do a good job or die trying and soldiers cannot afford to engage in useless prattle, they get hurt.

Never beat about the bush, go straight in.

Have a nice Christmas.

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I don't hink so. I let my cat out now and then. There are foxes around but nothing ever happens :)

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Watched a fox trot off with a

Watched a fox trot off with a small black & white cat in its mouth during the night. Nothing I could do to help...gutted.

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Yes, it is possible that a

Yes, it is possible that a fox can attack to the cat. Several scene I have seen in which fox can attack to the cat to eat him. Sometime it woild be very heuristic to see.

 

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Unfortunately, foxes DO

Unfortunately, foxes DO attack cats.

My cat was sitting cleaning herself in front of a bush outside our house when a fox came out at her.

My sister looked out of the window when she heard my cat screaming and witnessed the fox shaking the life out of my beautiful and much loved cat. The fox broke her neck, punctured her carotid and threw her body onto the lawn. My parents came out, tried to scare the fox away and brought the cat in but within 7 seconds she was dead. The fox then loitered outside the house for a few hours, and even scratched at our front door.

If that wasn't bad enough, the fox has been returning for months for my other female cat, even clawing at the windows completely not bothered by the fact we would be shooing it away from behind the glass. We have kept our other two cats in at night since, but unfortunately my other little female cat couldn't bear being inside throughout the night any more so managed to get out of a window. Two foxes attacked her, broke her ribs and punctured her lung. Fortunately she is recovering very well at the vets.

I'm not here to argue with anyone, just here to say my piece as I don't feel people should be misinformed when I have seen first hand the damage foxes can do. Before these incidents, I have fully been on the foxes side. I am a massive animal lover and would have defended them but saying they do not attack cats is quite simply untrue.

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Can I just add.... Just

Can I just add....

Just because I am no longer a fan of foxes, I also by no means whatsoever wish them any cruel harm. I have campaigned against fox hunting in the past. I just feel that people should be aware of my situation and look after their pets, or at least know of the consequences of letting them out at ngiht in an area packed with foxes. The animal kingdom is brutal at times.