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Keeping Your Cat Safe From Predators

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

CoyoteIf your cat is an out door cat, you must be concerned about predators such as Coyotes, birds of prey and fox. This is especially true if you live in a wooded or very rural area.¬†Found in every U.S. state except Hawaii, coyotes eat whatever they can find, including seeds and fruit as well as small animals (alive or dead). They pose a particular threat to cats and small dogs.Coyotes can breach many barriers but there are some ways to protects your pets. You can install a coyote proof fence. This measures about six feet high and has a bar or a woven extension at the top. The fence extends into the ground which prevents the Coyote from digging underneath it. ¬†Install motions sensitive lighting. You should also trim areas of your landscape that pose as hiding places for predators like heavy, bushy areas. Remove bird feeders and pick up any fallen fruit or nuts from trees. Keep trash bins in the garage or use animal resistant cans if they are allowed by your collector. Never put a bell on your cats collar and keep his food and water bowls inside. ¬†Supervise your cat while he’s in the yard and of course, never feed wild life. The best way to keep your cat safe is keep him indoors but I know that you knew that I was going to say that!

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