ChatterBank4 mins ago
Cats and urban foxes
My cat is an indoor cat because he's scared of the outdoors (he starts shaking and mioawing frantically if you open the back door when he's near it). I got him from a rescue centre a few months ago and he came into them as a stray. I've always wondered why he was scared of the outdoors but I now wonder if it has something to do with urban foxes.
The other night the local fox population (which appears to be thriving) was making the most awful noise, it's mating season and the noise consists of bloodcurdling screams - you have to hear it to believe it. Anyway, my cat was looking out of the window when this noise started and he suddenly took a flying leap on to my bed and came right up to my head, wimpering and shaking. He seemed really scared. He then spent the rest of the night curled up on the pillow next to my head.
Do you think it's possible that he had some encounter with foxes when he was a stray and that that is why he is now scared of going outside? Other cats in the area seem to roam around without coming to any harm but do cats and foxes ever come to blows or do they tend to lead seperate lives?
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I once asked something similar to my vet and was told that generally cats are too big for a fox to bother. My cat isn't bothered by the foxes who have a den at the back of our garden, in fact, we've seen our cat head into the den! If you have good pet insurance, talk to your vets about seeing a behaviourist. It may be possible to de-sensitize your cat to fox noises. There are also certain things you can do to help your cat feel more confident within the home.
Thanks for your answers everyone. Guess without him learning to talk and being able to tell me himself I'll never know exactly why he's scared of the outdoors and why he seemed so scared of that noise!
He's a healthy, happy and content cat 99.9% of the time though so I suppose it doesn't really matter.