Wildlife Risks to Pets to Watch Out For

Guest post by Jordan Walker…

Is your cat an indoor or outdoor cat? Outdoor cats face risks, from cars, dogs and other animals, including wildlife. Here are some of the risks our cats (all around the world) face.

Jordan Walker has always been passionate for animals. He loves to share his knowledge and expertise about the animal kingdom through pet-related blogs. He leads the content team of Coops and Cages. In this article, he shares some wildlife dangers to pets every owner must watch out for…

wildlife risks to pets

Though living in the wild can be a very peaceful and refreshing experience, it can be a bad choice at times, especially if you have pet cats staying outside. Yes, you can protect them from every potential threat, but if you are a responsible owner, you should know everything about cats and you wouldn’t allow them to be on the leash in the middle of the forest.

Bats, coyotes, and hawks are just among the major wildlife perils for your pet cats. Apart from them, there are plenty more creatures out there that may pose threats to your furry pal. If the safety and health of your pet is your top priority, make sure you know these wildlife risks to your pet cats that you definitely must watch out for:

Bats

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Among all mammals on the planet, bats are the only ones that have wings. As nocturnal creatures, they are often found sleeping on the ceiling of caves or in the branches of trees. In some rare cases, they also live in occupied houses, particularly down the chimney or through an open window.

Bats aren’t just detrimental to humans; they are also known to cause harm to animals like dogs and cats as they bring a disease called rabies. In some countries, there are laws that require pets to be vaccinated against rabies to keep them safe all the time.

Mountain Lions

mountain lion: risks to pets

Also called the Florida Panther or Pumas, the mountain lions are listed as threatened species by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. It is believed that the significant decrease in their population is caused by illegal poaching and habitat destruction.

Because they feed on smaller animals, such as rodents, fish, and bird, they are also considered culprits in the decline of the pet population, especially those that live in mountainous and deciduous regions.

Bobcats

bobcat: risks to pets

Bobcats are known to have exceptional climbing abilities and are great hunters. As territorial creatures, they mark their boundaries with urine. Although this is natural if this happens in the wild, it can be a great problem if a bobcat marks your yard as their territory.

According to studies, these felines are easily attracted to backyards that are abundant with water, domestic birds, and small pets. In the event that you leave your pets outdoors, there are chances that bobcats might attack them, causing them to get rabies.

Raptors

raptors: risks to pets

Otherwise known as Birds of Prey, the Raptors are prevalent all across North America. As of the most recent count, there are about 307 species of Raptors that exist today. But among all, the hawks have the capability to snatch down a small cat for lunch.

Peregrine Falcons


peregrine falcons

For centuries now, the Peregrine Falcon has been used to symbolize power and speed. It has been a favorite among Chinese and Egyptians and is considered the deadliest among all birds of prey. This bird has the capability to snatch down a small cat for lunch.

Normally, this winged creature is seen flying above busy city streets. At a speed of 300 km/h, they easily swoop onto their prey. But with its mere appearance, the Peregrine Falcon can already cause panic to its potential victims.

Coyotes

coyote: risks to pets

Coyotes are among the creatures of wildlife that are often unappreciated and misunderstood. Because of that fact, some homeowners are tempted to invite them at home. Even if this is such a kind act, this must not be done. Part of a coyote’s diet includes birds, fruits, garbage, and pets. If you don’t want to lose your cats and dogs, it is best that you just keep them away from your premises.

Dingo

wildlife risks for pets

Dingoes are among the creatures of wildlife that are often unappreciated and misunderstood. Because of that fact, some pet owners are tempted to invite them at home. Even if this is such a kind act, this must not be done. Part of a dingo’s diet includes long-haired rats, rabbits, wombats, cattle, and domestic pets. And they often kill by biting the throat. If you don’t want to lose your cats, it is best that you just keep them away from your premises.

Deer

deer: risks to pets

The wild is the home to many adorable creatures like deer. But, would you believe this tame animal could impose threats to your pet cats? The answer to this question is a resounding yes. Even though this animal looks innocent, you wouldn’t want to see it hungry.

Deer are herbivores, which means they only feed on plant species. Despite that, they are also known to kill cats, not only for food, but also for self-defense. Using their antlers and hooves, they can cause serious damage to humans and other animals when they get frightened or startled.

Snakes

snakes: risks to pets

A variety of snakes exist in the wild. Therefore, if you plan to stay with your pet in your mountain home, make sure you do your best to steer clear from these dangerous animals.

Humans do understand the dangers that snakes bring. Unfortunately, pets don’t. So, there is a possibility that they would chase them wherever they go, which may eventually result in death once they are bitten. To avoid this kind of incident, it is wise to make your home snakeproof. If you suspect an area to have snake nests, be sure you call the experts immediately.

Spiders

red back spider

The Red Back Spider is best known for being Australia’s deadliest spider. It is easily distinguished with its red striped back and distinctive webs that are very messy. Whenever it attacks its prey, it released venom that induces much pain. Thankfully, deaths are rare.

Not only does this spider attack humans; there are also cases when they bite other animals like cats, especially when they feel danger. Nevertheless, its bite can be simply cured with a simple ice pack.

 

Before you do anything to the wildlife creatures listed above, be reminded that they too are living creatures. They play a vital role in the balance of the ecosystem. If by any chance you want to protect your pet cats from them, make sure you do it the right and natural way. After all, they are still animals, just like your pets.

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Author: Jordan Walker

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Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for ‘attempting’ to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can reach him via Google+ or Twitter.

 

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