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Discussion in 'Cat Behavior' started by FriscoDave, May 15, 2019.

  1. FriscoDave

    FriscoDave Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    Unknown to us, our poor kitty was left outside last night in our fenced in back yard and killed. We know there are several bobcats in the area but the way she was found seemed a little odd.

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    I found her this morning with her stomach completely ripped open with ALL of her internal organs gone. The rest of her body seemed to be in decent shape. All limbs were in tact and there was no signs of a "Struggle". The area around her was pristine. No fur missing on her and no blood or fur found anywhere in the back yard. She had some blood coming out of her ear and nose and her back appeared broken. Some of the skin was pulled away from her back legs but the flesh was not touched. Some skin was also pulled away from her ribs exposing the bones.

    I have found several instances on the internet of this happening to cats with no clues or answers on what could have done this. If anyone has any clues, it would be greatly appreciated for some help trying to identify what could have done this.

    Thank you in advance

    David
     
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  2. Furballsmom

    Furballsmom Cat Fan especially Black Cats Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Hello, I'm so sorry!!
    If I didn't know better I'd say this might have been a big raccoon.
    RIP sweetheart :vibes::rbheart:
     
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  3. FeebysOwner

    FeebysOwner TCS Member Top Cat

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    I'm so sorry about your kitty. What wildlife is common in the area you live? What comes to mind is a coyote - which can jump and/or scale fences. I doubt it would be anything like another cat, raccoon, or possum.

    Where I live there has been a lot of forested areas taken down for new homes/apartments/etc. And, since that has begun to happen we are seeing coyotes in our neighborhood at night.
     
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  4. Furballsmom

    Furballsmom Cat Fan especially Black Cats Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I thought about that too, but (pardon me, David) would a coyote eat so neatly? I guess I would have thought they'd carry the body off, but even if not, that one would consume most of the body.
     
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  5. FeebysOwner

    FeebysOwner TCS Member Top Cat

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    I found these statements in an article about coyotes - does this sound like it applies?

    "Coyotes typically bite larger animals directly behind the throat or jugular area. The victim may die of suffocation or shock. In smaller animals, the coyote will attack the head and neck area and may leave puncture wounds in the neck or throat. Coyotes do not commonly leave marks on the rest of the body."

    "Coyotes start their meal by opening the abdominal cavity of the prey animal and eating the internal organs and muscle tissue. If the muscle tissue of your pet appears to have been ripped and the ribs or other bones appear to have been chewed on, then you are most likely looking at a coyote attack."

    Here is the article link:
    Signs That a Coyote Killed Your Pet
     
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  6. FriscoDave

    FriscoDave Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    I spoke with 2 game warden and both said the same thing. A coyote and bobcat will both eat the organs. A coyote will "pull and stretch" their prey making a big mess and not so neatly. They said Bobcats will usually just kill a house cat and not eat it unless it is starving and has no other food source. There are plenty of rabbits around here but who knows. Regardless, there would definitely be signs of a struggle. I have attached some paw prints that I found around the perimeter of our yard next to a quarter for scale. 20190515_112415.jpg 20190515_112343.jpg 20190515_112322.jpg 20190515_112517.jpg
     
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  7. kittyluv387

    kittyluv387 TCS Member Top Cat

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    I'm sorry but if it was so neat it could have been a demented person. A big reason I wouldn't want to let the cats go out is because of people.
     
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  8. catapault

    catapault TCS Member Super Cat

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    So sorry for your loss. That is so distressing to discover. My condolences.

    Weasels eat their prey like that. Even though smaller, a weasel can kill rabbits. But the footprints look too large. Are there any other-than-weasel mustelids where you live?
     
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  9. FeebysOwner

    FeebysOwner TCS Member Top Cat

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  10. Willowy

    Willowy TCS Member Top Cat

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    What a horrible experience!

    Is it possible that she was hit by a car, made it to the yard before she collapsed/died, and then something ate her after death? Usually if eaten very soon after death, there's a lot of blood everywhere. And the blood in her ears and nose and the broken back sound like blunt-force injuries. If eaten after death, it could have been any animal regardless of size since it wouldn't have had to fight her. The prints look like a possum, and they're major scavengers but too timid to fight.
     
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  11. Furballsmom

    Furballsmom Cat Fan especially Black Cats Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Oh, that's a really good point, I didn't think about that...
     
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  12. Purr-fect

    Purr-fect TCS Member Super Cat

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    Im guessing it was an animal attack.

    Since it happened just last night, if you want to possibly know, set out food and wait. If it was an animal, it might come back looking for food again.

    You could dampen the ground around the food and then compare footprints.

    Look for skid marks on the road in case it was a vehicle. Ask neighbors.

    Im sorry this happened. I would be very upset.
     
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  13. Kieka

    Kieka Snowshoe Servant Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I'd go with raccoon only because that sounds just like what we found when raccoons have gotten to our rabbits. Coyotes in this area tend to just leave behind parts.
     
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  14. Lola3791

    Lola3791 TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    Do you have any dogs in your neighborhood? Maybe a stray or domestic dog killed your cat.
     
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  15. duncanmac

    duncanmac TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    I'm sorry about your loss. I'm thinking birds - either an owl or a hawk.
     
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  16. FriscoDave

    FriscoDave Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    Thank you all for your condolences, support and knowledge. We have identified and came to the conclusion that a Coyote jumped over our back brick wall, attacked and killed her.

    We found a deep large print
     
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  17. FeebysOwner

    FeebysOwner TCS Member Top Cat

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    :alright:
     
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  18. FriscoDave

    FriscoDave Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    Thank you all for your condolences, support and knowledge. We have identified and came to the conclusion that a Coyote jumped over our back brick wall, attacked and killed her.

    We found a deep, large print where the coyote landed when it jumped over a 7 foot brick wall. We also found "skids" in the wet grass where a chase occurred as well as small tufts of fur that had blown into the corner of the yard.

    We live in Frisco TX and if you google "Coyote Attacks Frisco TX" you can see what an issue it has become. I know that we (humans) are invading their space and have no harsh feeling toward the coyote simply for being a coyote and hunting for food. They were here first. I just wish it would have stuck with rabbits instead of our precious Blue Bell. Our twin 7 year olds were and still are devastated.

    We will miss you sweet baby blue.

    :bawling2::bawling2::bawling2::lovecat::bawling::bawling::bawling::bawling:

    Pictures below of paw prints
     
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  19. FriscoDave

    FriscoDave Thread Starter TCS Member Kitten

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    Here are the pictures.
     

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  20. CatLover49

    CatLover49 My Precious Snowball Super Cat

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    I m so so sorry for ure cat n u.
    :heartshape::redheartpump::grouphug::(
     
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