Saturday, March 17, 2018

Hawks Attack Neighborhood Cats

There are many reasons why you should keep your cats indoors but the one that most people overlook is keeping your cat indoors due to hawks flying low.

The National Audubon Society of North America states that the Red-Shouldered hawks often kill and carry away cats, opossums, and skunks, that they will also prey on dogs.  

Please do not think that your cat is safe in your front yard.  If you reside close to a wooded area, or state park then chances are there are hawks that are foraging animals in your neighborhood.  Spring is the worst time of the year due to the feeding of their young.  

Today I received a text that was an alert of the hawks hunting and flying low to the ground. An adult red-tailed hawk will swoop down and grab your cat with their talons, or the hawk will land in your yard and kill your cat by strangulation or they will fly away with your cat and drop it to kill it.

Even a large cat is no match for a hawk that is hunting. We always know when the hawks are flying low to the ground because the squirrels and feral cats are hiding, but the domesticated cat is not as smart and will approach the hawk to investigate. The hawk has the advantage so please keep your cats indoors when hawks are flying low in your neighborhood.

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