When we consider pets, how often do you put your cat into the brave category? Usually, if you’re thinking about a pet that can guard your family and house… You’d pick a dog.
But cats can be brave when they want to be and this story is a perfect example!
Normally lounging and lazy, cats really couldn’t care less about what’s going on around them. They are happy to cuddle and sometimes they want attention when you’re busy but otherwise… They sleepin’.
But cats hate being uncomfortable and nothing makes them more uncomfortable than strangers in their yard.
Like maybe… some unfamiliar foxes?
YouTube user Greg Finn posted a video of a fox in his garden on a saturday morning. It must have wandered in to the garden and gotten a little in over its head.
Finn’s cat was in his yard with the fox as well and stood it’s ground.
The fox was certainly hostile towards the cat but it was also
pretty scared of the cat!
Foxes are often assumed to be scarier and tougher than they really are. As it turns out
fox attacks on cats are pretty rare!
Catbehaviourist.com spoke to different vets to try and figure out if all the fear around wild foxes attacking home pets was warranted or not.
“Speaking personally to 12 veterinary surgeons based in London and country practices, I asked how many cases they had seen where a cat has been brought in with a suspected fox bite or ‘fights’ within the last year.
“Every vet replied the same. NONE, except one veterinary surgeon who works for Amwell Vets in Waterloo.
“His own cat of 17 years was recently killed by a fox in Central London. When I asked him why he thought this may have happened he replied…
“…because the fox is an opportunist and would have preyed on something they considered weaker (his cat, as well as being old, was completely deaf). The natural prey of a fox is not a cat and in most cases
“a fox would not attempt to kill a healthy cat especially one that could defend itself.”
Safe to say, this cat wasn’t taking ANY trash and was defending itself without issue. Just check out this picture of it scaring the bejeebus out of the fox below!
The video is seriously tense watching this fox waiting for the cat to turn it’s head even for a moment so that it can take its opportunity to strike!
Watching nature in action can be seriously scary!
And watching the video, I feel really bad for the cat being caught in such a situation.
Luckily, the cat uses it’s feline wiles to escape from the fox!
It’s a hard pounding escape where the fox is right on the heels of the cat the entire time. The cat only just manages to escape under what seems to be a trailer from the video.
It’s only at this point in the video that Finn reveals
There were TWO foxes intimidating this poor cat!
Which was exactly why the cat felt so cornered and why it had to constantly turn its head to see what both foxes were doing!
It’s definitely freaky to think your loving house pet might be at the whim of some wild foxes. Lucky for us, the humane society gives us some tips for dealing with wild foxes in your yard!
“Foxes have a natural fear of people. If you see one outside during the day, it’s no cause for alarm. They will usually run away from you as soon as they detect your presence.
“If not, the fox has probably learned to associate people with food (likely because someone has been feeding them), and may exhibit a boldness or even approach you. These foxes can easily be scared away by making loud noises such as yelling or blowing whistles, dousing them with water houses or squirt guns or throwing objects such as tennis balls toward them.”
So ultimately you really don’t have to worry!
It’s worth keeping a watchful eye on your pets if you’ve noticed foxes in your area but it’s certainly not worth losing sleep over.
Especially when your cat can defend itself as well as this one did!
You can watch the video below to increase that heart beat and get a bit of a sweat on!
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