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Cats, Coyotes and you
Coyotes are predators. Their prey
includes rabbits, rats, mice, moles and sometimes cats. Without coyotes
we would be over-run with what we consider pest animals.
Cats on the other hand are also predators.
Their prey includes mice, rats, moles, squirrels,
and thousands of song birds. The
difference? Most of their prey
are nocturnal, except birds and squirrels, whose numbers are decimated
each year by cats.
Coyotes hunt to feed
themselves and their off-spring. They
hunt at night.
Cats hunt for fun. Most cats are
well fed by their human owners. They hunt during daylight and some sleep
in warm beds at night. But for the cats who are locked out or allowed to
roam, danger awaits them around every bend:
Cats are territorial
and will fight defending it. These
fights cause infections and other medical concerns.
Veterinarian bills mount up. Some owners choose not to seek
medical assistance. The cats are left to suffer.
Some heal, some don't.
Cats who defecate in neighborhood gardens are frequently abused by
home-owners protecting their territories.
Cats are often trapped and taken out of their territory and
dumped. These cats become strays.
Lost and unable to survive, they die...slowly.
Cats unaccustomed to
surviving on their own become prey to coyotes.
Cats who share a household with dogs and are allowed to run free,
become prey to wild dogs, coyotes.
Pitiful signs on mail boxes and telephone poles with promises of rewards
will not bring back most cats. Prevention
and proper pet care by responsible owners, is the answer.
Love them. Keep them safe inside and you'll
have years of love returned to you by your cats.
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