I like to get them in before dark but Sam my youngest was desperate to get out for a bit at night and Ive found out why! PLEASE NEVER ALLOW YOUR CAT TO BE OUTSIDE AFTER GETS DARK, NO MATTER WHAT ! He’s pretty shaken and that’s the last time either of my cats go out at night. My cat came home wounded, seemed and smelled like a dog bite, he's not bleeding and there is no pus, we had a doctor home (only thing we could think of at the moment was to ask her) we cleaned the wound with a small amount of peroxide and afterwards cleaned the wound with saline solution and plain water around the wound. Up until now in the veterinary world, it’s been difficult to find out the true incidence of problems like this. I’m devastated. Having watched our cctv recordings, he was killed by two foxes at 1.30am, near our back door, and the foxes came and went for the rest of the night taking parts of his body, presumably to feed cubs. Once I realized she had it I put some hydrogen peroxide on it and it has since sealed up so I hope that she will be ok since I cant take her to a vet during quarantine. The fox had jumped on some lumber I had for a project which was the noise I heard when the fox disturbed it. My two barn cats sleep on a chair near there. My cat would rather hang out with foxes than other cats.. and yes I too have see them sunbathing outside together in the early hours.. my cat then leads them to mine for food for them lol.. Now the little blighters have started jumping at my window for attention! He likes to go out all the time. Early one winter evening I heard the most terrible cat screaming noise. Her tail was found in the neighbours garden shredded. Learn how your comment data is processed. Habitat loss and lack of food are what drives foxes to raid garbage cans, chicken coops, and rabbit hutches in both urban and rural areas. If he continues hissing and growling, it would be worth a quick check up with your vet just to make sure he wasn’t injured in any way by the fox. Even the friendliest of cats can get into an altercation with another cat, dog or other domesticated or wild animal. VetCompass is a collaborative not-for-profit research project run by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London, in collaboration with the University of Sydney. Foxes killing cats is a real and present problem. Hi I came across this site while looking on line about Foxes attacking CAT’S….. I’ve had issues in my Garden with Foxes trying to attack my 16 year old Cat!!!! Something needs to be done. The project aims to investigate the range and frequency of small animal health problems seen by veterinary surgeons working in general practice in the United Kingdom and to highlight major risk factors for these conditions. I’m going to have a problem. I had mine get snatched it’s on CCTV, she didn’t go near other people, only me. Our 1 year old Persian cat was attacked and killed by a fox this winter 2015 in east London near to Epping forest where there are a large numbers of urban foxes. This was in Bushey herts. Went to investigate – opened the door and my cat bolted through the door. Last night my husband and I were woken up by a fox’s cry and as our 17 year old tabby was or At home, we rushed outside to rescue him. So to put fox attacks into context, other cats (x40 times) and cars (x14 times) appear to present much greater dangers to cats than foxes. In your situation, an alternative possibility might be a microchip-coded cat-flap, that will only open when the cat carrying the correct code is trying to get in? My beautiful 8 year old cat Amber was killed by a fox 2 evenings ago. Without examining Tammy myself I cannot say whether it would heal now or not. Surprising as this area is on a deck up some stairs. It was such a relief, but it still could be someone else’s cat the fox was chasing! We have a family of fox living next door and numerous other foxes passing through. While some repellents may be MORE unpleasant to foxes than cats, you’re right – there’s nothing that I’m aware of that is scientifically proven to be significantly more effective to one than the other. I’m so worried for my 2 cats now, the foxes seem bolder than ever. Bob Drinkwater, a community centre manager from Stamford Hill, north London, recently saved Mica, his tabby cat, from a vicious fox attack. I ran outside and heard terrible noises of ripping flesh. I was absolutely heartbroken. Well, its 2pm in the afternoon and I have seen yet another fox in the back garden and I am East London! Today in broad daylight was a fox on the patio, and from its belly I assume it’s got babies to feed. I only came to this site because i was looking out my window in my bedroom and i hear a cat meowing (luckily not my cat) and a few minutes later i see fox go behind my flat and the meowing stopped (theres two more next to my place) we have a car park near us too and on occasions some cats will be there and i quickly go back to bed to type this, We think a mother fox got our 7 year old cat there where 3 babies around but they did nothing to our cat now there gone and so is our cat we are so saddened by this . You’ll need to get both from a vet but these are not expensive. In one case, a young kitten was snatched by a fox, around twenty yards away from her owner, and in another instance, a thin, elderly cat was grabbed. Diagnosis of a bite wound in your cat will rely primarily on physical history provided by the owner. I was awoken at 4.30am by the screams and barking of the foxes outside my window and on looking out saw our cat amidst the foxes, which were tearing at him, biting him and pulling lumps of his fur out. My little Boysie was a handsome Yorkshire Terrior. If you are not the patient, practice universal precautions and wear personal protective equipment if available. He may start to build up some confidence in going back outdoors at some point, but when he does, it’s important for him that he can get back inside quickly if he feels scared or threatened in any way – so it may be better, when the weather is a little warmer, giving him short spells outside (if he wants it) with the door left open and you keeping an eye on him. Your cat may also need to wear a cone or other appropriate limiting device if they incessantly lick, groom or otherwise irritate the wound site. This is being done via the routine capture of first opinion clinical data via electronic patient records held with practices’ computerised Practice Management Systems. This compares with 541 per 10,000 for cats presented with cat bite injuries and 196 in 10,000 cats being presented following a road traffic accident. Cat scratches from fighting are prone to getting infected and abscesses forming, you should ensure that the area is clean but you should still visit your Veterinarian for an examination as a course of antibiotics may still be required. A fox’s method of posturing (fur raised, back arched, stiff-legged prance, and batting pounce) is similar to a cat’s method. Though it could happen that a fox tries to attack a dog or more likely a cat, they will be scared off when the noise begins or when a cat’s claws come out. Anyone in London concerned about over familiar foxes around their property may want to seek professional advice with regards to the legal removal of persistent and over familiar urban foxes. Any advice will be great thanks. Whilst sitting in my garden at the weekend, a large dog fox chased my cat across the garden grabbing its tail. Deepest sympathies for those that have lost their fur kids to foxes or other predators (including the human variety). This in suburban DUBLIN. In cases which the wound seals up quickly or is more of a puncture, the bacteria will remain under the skin, causing an infection-filled sac to form. keep ya pets safe people. im so glad i came across this site and read all these comments , i had 2 gawges boys big flufffy cuddly loveable cats sadly one went missing over a year ago now so so devastated as you can imagine his brother misses him im sure i hate to think it could have been foxes that got him but we do have alot of foxes here i head counted 8 one morning !!!! However, more needs to be done in public areas, such as the allyways, to sure risks against pets are minimised! So many fox attacks here. I apologize for the delay in answering, this platform is not set up for urgent emails. Foxes will be hungry and at night they hunt for food its nature, keep your cats in at night, keep them safe x. My mum said he could've hit a nerve and just deaded his legs but I'm not too sure. Contact your vet for advice if you think your cat has an abscess. He ran away after 6 days he came home and when I pick him up or pet him I can feel his insides swishing around like something is alive in his his. Did the fox come for those and somehow ended up in my garden and pounced on my cat? Really sorry to hear about your cat, I’ve just chased 2 foxes away from my kitchen door for the second time this week DEFINITELY chasing and hunting my cats who are 7 years old , I’m at the end of my tether now, I’ve secured the gaps that I can see in the fencing around my garden, my cats are always called in at night anyway ( I have no catflap and yes they do come in when I call, even if I have to call a couple of times) but the first instance this week was in broad daylight in the afternoon and this is MY garden… I’m exasperated with people being so blase about foxes and the threat they pose to our PETS ( and probably small children..) these foxes looked at me square on at first like I might not even be a threat til I picked up a broom screaming and yelling… ? Home » All Posts » Ask a vet online » Urban foxes – could your pet cat be the next victim? I will contact the council regarding the foxes not sure if they can actually do anything. But after reading these comments it wont be happening again! I’m afraid of letting my 3 cats out after dark now but they’re protesting about being locked in. Sedation or anesthesia may be required to examine the injured pet. Kitten has come into our house and is luckily un hurt but we will have to try and find owners and warn them as he is far too small to be out at night. It was perfect for a very elderly cat – very safe. When cats interact with other animals, sometimes they are bitten. He isn't crying or seems to be in pain. Thank you for your email. They are a possible carrier of rabies and a bite … My 11 year old Alan was chased by foxes about a year ago but managed to escape – he has been quite scared ever since and didn’t go out at night for quite a while after that. Unfortunately, he probably needs veterinary care after a trauma like that. However, I’m not sure there’s a big enough market to justify the research costs! I got a fright just this morning he woke me up to let him out at 4 am he normally wakes me at all hours. grass strewn with fur (looked like an older cats fur) and a tail left. Just saved my mums cat 2years old from a fox .. Such a product is certainly theoretically possible – our understanding of species-specific pheromones has allowed us to produce synthetic calming pheromones based on FFP for cats and DAP for dogs, without any biological cross-over between species, so the opposite is at least in principle possible. I have just been woken by the very loud noise of a fox outside in the road in the west end of glasgow. I keep reading on the internet that foxes don’t attack cats but they obviously do. My cat Fudge was killed horribly by a fox. I am now pretty sure it was a fox that bit him. if my dog were to attack another animal/person i would be facing a court case, why is it fine for foxes to do as they please? We have lots of foxes in the gardens around here (south Leicester) and it looks likely that this was a fox attack. There are a family of foxes in our area who are only seen at night, i never thought they would be a threat to him or my other cat, i always assumed cats would have the upper hand with foxes. SNARL have said human intervention is involved. I would hate someone to be going through what I am now x. I am so sorry to read all the sad stories. It will be important to note the approximate time frame, and if possible, whether the other animal is up to date on its immunizations. I have just lost 2 of my beloved 16 year old cats to foxes in 2 weeks. Not scared and me having to run tk a neighbours house as I was scared. There is no way – other than scale a 6 foot fence, that a dying 21.5 yr old cat could’ve got out of my garden. My garden has nothing in it except for grass and a shed (as house was recently renovated before we bought it). The dog had its mouth clamped around the stomach of my cat. Keep them safe indoors. The fox retreated a few steps and sat staring as I delt with my cat. I literally jumped over the fence, clamped my legs around the dogs neck/head as it faced away from me and I sunk my fingernails into the dogs ears until it let my cat go. The raccoons had been eating that anyway. From 225 quotes ranging from $300 - $2,000. Can’t keep cats indoors 24/7 to protect wildlife, that is nonsense…as long as they are not let out too early when the birds are out singing merrily, and in at night should solve the problem..but many people who work all day also leave their cars out all day wihich is wrong…. if a wolf escaped the zoo it would be hunted endlessly, i see no difference to a fox, both are wild canids with the same instincts. To understand how dangerous a cat is to a dog or a Fox, my German Shepherd saw a cat in a hedge, lunged for it and the dog came off far worse needing 146 stitches as the cat got under the dogs belly and used it’s power back legs and claws to rip at the dog… just as they do in play with us! Came home and she’d gone. When I looked out there was a fox confronting my cat (she is a healthy 61/2 year old) Luckily she came straight-in, but it prompted me to look this up on the internet. Clearly not. Fox is not a cat or dog, but globally they refer to the Dog family. Keep em after dark folks. You should discuss with your vet whether your cat has recently been in a fight with another animal. Sadly she was found dead in a neighbours garden with her mouth ripped and fur missing. Foxes are becoming a complete nuisance!! Ive been beside myself but thankfully he is now Home. Bin bags have been replaced here by wheelie bins, the local foxes are getting desperate without their usual food source. may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Next, the wound will be thoroughly cleaned with an antiseptic wash, alcohol, iodine or other sterilizing substance. My cat put up a good fight and most time’s I was home & was able to get broom and chase off the Fox… I’m looking to see what advice I could get to stop the risk to my cat & how to prevent the Foxes getting in my garden…. I have just found my cat, decapitated. If he is still having problems, it would be best to have hims seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine him and see what treatment he needs. I’ve heard so many times over the years vets and fox/wildlife ‘experts’ state that foxes don’t attack or kill cats, that if they do hunt cats then it’s not as a group but on their own and that a cat is particularly adept at scaring off foxes. I can’t imagine what she went through. Poor Cosmo aged 16 relieved himself on bathroom matt, obviously traumatised to use garden and when picking him up he hisses and growls. We new something had happened, my daughter said the evening sooty went missing a fox sat looking through the French doors. I’m from North London, behide my garden we have train tracks where foxes are, when i was younger we use to watch a family of foxes laying on my shed enjoying the sun but since i have had my cat and my sister’s cat i have started to disslike foxe. The cat had no injuries and looked very pleased with himself. It put up a tremendous fight but was overcome by the foxes circling and biting. I am worried for my other 5 cats now. The clumps of fur are very suspicious. live in Finchley, North London and seem to be surrounded by foxes. I instinctively knew we were nearing the end. I know foxes eat cats. Luckily other than licking it the bite doesn't seem to be bothering her much and shes still eating and playing like normal. For treatment of abscesses, your vet may choose to lance the area in order to allow bacteria and infection to escape. It is important for pet owners to realize that, while larger injuries obviously require care, even smaller wounds that appear to be minor can create large health problems if not properly cared for. Finally, in the case of most bite wounds, your vet will prescribe antibiotics to either prevent infection or to halt the spread of the current infection in the case of an abscess. We found her without her head in the garden. I then went to check on the Internet if foxes attack cats, and came across this site. I’m keeping my big cat in, I miss the other so much, she was very special and loving and her trust of them was her downfall as she never saw them as a threat. Keep your cats indoors at times when foxes are most likely to be around, such as dusk, night time and dawn. Oh poor boy! Seems effective so far. Bite wounds can also take the form of punctures with little to no bleeding. Yes, cats have some ability to escape and some ability to defend themselves. Anyway, my cat seemed okay that day and the next day, but today he cries out in pain whenever anyone picks him up. My cat is 7 he is adorable. My little 2 year old hasn’t even managed to catch a bird yet. Something took her. Fox bite as a subtype of Animal bite. First, your vet will assess the severity of the wounds. In these cases, the only sign of a bite wound may be infection that forms at a later date. On the physique and shape of the jaw, the fox is like wolves, dogs and jackals. Will see how she’s walking in the morning and get her to the vet for a check-up if she isn’t back to normal! They have done real damage to my pet that looks like costing me several hundred pounds, even provided he survives. My one year old cat went missing 3 days ago. 79 (5 in 10,000 cats) confirmed and 130 (9 in 10,000 cats) suspected fox fights with cats from 145,808 VetCompass cats since Jan 1st 2010 until Feb 2013 (14 in 10,000 overall). My cats will not be allowed to go out at night anymore. If your cat suffers an animal bite, you should tend to the wound right away for proper cat care. The council say they are non-threatening and will not attack pets or children – yeah right!!! What signs should I look for if the infection worsens? Your cat may need to be sedated or anesthetized for this procedure, and will most likely be given oral or injected pain or numbing agents in order to minimize pain and reduce movement during the procedure. If the cat is not spayed or neutered, that may help prevent expensive bills caused by fighting injuries, and there are many low cost spay/neuter clinics that can likely help for less money. Bite wounds of the face can cause severe damage to the eyes, ears or mouth. My beautiful little 3 year old Bengal female was torn apart by a fox. Your vet will next conduct a thorough physical examination of your cat. Fox bite: Related Diseases. If your cat has had stitches or a drain tube, you will need to schedule a follow up procedure in order for these items to be removed part way through the healing process. I live in Central London and can vouch that foxes definitely poise a threat to cats and a nuisance in our area. Checked all of downstairs. Our cat is small and fast, only 2 years old .. she shot up a tree and escaped. There may also be a low cost clinic in your area that can help with this situation, and many large chain veterinary clinics offer a 'free first exam' which might help. We do not use this information to track individuals once they have left the page. Thank you for your question. In many cases, it will be obvious that your cat has been in an altercation. Ask A Vet Online – Help, I’ve got a stuffy-nosed Pug! These wildlife pests are not violent or aggressive, but they may carry rabies and infectious parasites. A search of VetCompass clinical data identified 79 (5 in 10,000 cats) confirmed and 130 (9 in 10,000 cats) suspected fox fights with cats from 145,808 VetCompass cats since Jan 1st 2010 until last week (14 in 10,000 overall). A database is all well and good but how many vets are actually going to enter details that they become aware of and how many cat owners are going to report to a vet that their pet was killed by a fox?! A young fox visits our garden nowadays – a cute little thing but I will never forget or trust a fox. he is making slow but steady progress which will be ongoing for several months now which brings both emotional and finacial pressures. This is especially the case with long-haired cats. The kittens were taken at separate intervals as was the mum. Skip to Main Content. To me, the risk to adult pet cats seemed minimal but I decided to look further, to see if I could find some hard facts about the risk to pets from fox attacks. Any uneaten cat food I now recapture rather than leave out. Surely there is something that can be done!!? Im scared after reading everyones story, my cat may never come home. For more info., see: http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/index.html and http://www.peta.org/living/companion-animals/caring-animal-companions/caring-cats/indoor-cats/. I’m convinced foxes attack cats in London and the conventional wisdom on this blog is wrong. One of the missing survived an attack a few years ago. The wound area will then be thoroughly cleaned. Not something I wish any pet owner to have to see of their family member. Unfortunately we found my lovely cats body minus her head right by the foxes den. I heard the fox and heard one of my barn cats. Please everyone look after your small pets and babies. This was in Harrow North West London. They are getting smarter and confident, how long until it’s kids in Prams or playing in back yards?
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