Raccoons Killing Cats? It Can't Happen If You Keep Kitty Indoors

Raccoons Killing Cats? It Can't Happen If You Keep Kitty Indoors
Arvo was killed by a gang of raccoons

I support indoor cats only for a long list of reasons. Among them, some cats do kill wildlife....and the other way around. Richard Thibeault in Richmond B.C. says his 17-year-old Siamese cat, Kokanee, was cornered by two raccoons in his driveway on July 17 and dragged away screaming. He says his wife, Wendy, was woken up around 5:30 a.m. by the fracas and ran outside to see Kokanee being attacked under the family’s white GMC Jimmy. She tried to fend off the aggressors with a garden hose, but to no avail.

Kokanee hasn’t been seen since.

The attack on Kokanee comes just two weeks after another family cat was killed and eaten by four raccoons not far from where the Thibeaults live.

Sandra Nixon says it was about 11 p.m. on July 3 when neighbours frantically alerted her and husband Bryn that a pack of raccoons was in the midst of attacking their 14-year-old feline, Arvo, down the street. “The neighbours initially scared the raccoons away, but when they came to get us, the raccoons returned,” Nixon told the Star.com. She and her husband ran out in an attempt to stop the onslaught, but it was too late.

“When we checked the scene out the next day, it looked like … Arvo was trying to make it back to the house,” Nixon lamented. “Unfortunately, it looks like he was too badly injured by the time he made it back to just outside his yard, so was unable to jump up onto the fence.”

Raccoons in the wild typically prefer crayfish and other small animals that live at a river's edge, as well as some plant material. Aside from being omnivorous, they're also adventurous, rifling through trash cans. It's not typical for raccoon to take cats or small dogs, but it's not unheard of.  And like many predators, raccoons are opportunist, and are far more likely to take a kitten or older cat who can't get away quickly.

In an effort to control raccoon numbers, as well as rats, city's have installed trash which even the dexterous raccoon can't break into. This is apparently what's happened in this city - forcing the critters to look elsewhere for their meals.  On the other paw, if you see raccoons wandering during the middle of the day, there's likely an over abundance of them, and similarly there may not be enough easy food choices to go around.

Other wildlife threats to cats include alligators (believe it or not), some of the larger birds of prey, poisonous snakes and most of all coyotes.

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