Urban foxes – could your pet cat be the next victim?

Following reports of another attack on a baby by an urban fox in London, many people have been worried about the risk not just of foxes attacking children, but also pets. Cats in particular often spend much of their time outside, in the same areas as foxes. Is there a real risk of cats being attacked by foxes and what can owners do about it?

When someone asked me this question, my instinctive answer was that fox attacks on cats are exceptionally rare. Foxes are generally shy creatures that do their best to avoid contact with humans or other animals. I have heard more stories about cats chasing foxes out of gardens than cats being victims.

I have come across only two instances where foxes were seen to prey upon cats. In one case, a young kitten was snatched by a fox, around twenty yards away from her owner, and in another instance, a thin, elderly cat was grabbed. To me, the risk to adult pet cats seemed minimal but I decided to look further, to see if I could find some hard facts about the risk to pets from fox attacks.

Up until now in the veterinary world, it’s been difficult to find out the true incidence of problems like this. The good news is that a new database, VetCompass, has started to accumulate real, up to date information about health issues affecting pets in the UK. VetCompass is a collaborative not-for-profit research project run by the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London, in collaboration with the University of Sydney. The project aims to investigate the range and frequency of small animal health problems seen by veterinary surgeons working in general practice in the United Kingdom and to highlight major risk factors for these conditions. This is being done via the routine capture of first opinion clinical data via electronic patient records held with practices’ computerised Practice Management Systems. VetCompass now shares health data on over 400,000 companion animals from over 200 practices across the UK.

A search of VetCompass clinical data identified 79 (5 in 10,000 cats) confirmed and 130 (9 in 10,000 cats) suspected fox fights with cats from 145,808 VetCompass cats since Jan 1st 2010 until last week (14 in 10,000 overall). This compares with 541 per 10,000 for cats presented with cat bite injuries and 196 in 10,000 cats being presented following a road traffic accident. So to put fox attacks into context, other cats (x40 times) and cars (x14 times) appear to present much greater dangers to cats than foxes.

Of course there may be many fox attacks that are not reported to vets and there is no way to account for these. But the same underestimation could be applied to cat fight injuries and road traffic accidents.

It is not easy to completely remove the risk of foxes to pets. Populist, radical measures such as destroying foxes in an area, or trapping them to move them elsewhere, would not work because other foxes would rapidly move in from adjacent areas and take their place.

It makes more sense to take some practical measures to reduce any risk. Avoid leaving out any food source for foxes, and discourage foxes from coming into your garden using barriers such as fences or dense, prickly hedging. Keep your cats indoors at times when foxes are most likely to be around, such as dusk, night time and dawn.

The risk of a fox attack on a pet – or a human – is very low, but if you’re worried about it, a few simple steps will reduce that small risk to “minimal”.

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156 thoughts on “Urban foxes – could your pet cat be the next victim?

  1. Thanks for this…our cat was attacked last week – we think by a fox. Cat ended up with numerous bites and scratches, plus four deep cuts requiring 21 stitches.
    Our last cat became a fox’s dinner – it was a particularly cold winter and we think the fox was desperate. And a neighbour had seen a parent fox teaching it’s cubs to hunt – they were circling her ancient moggy.
    So it does happen…and at least this time, the cat survived…

  2. Thanks for this…our cat was attacked last week – we think by a fox. Cat ended up with numerous bites and scratches, plus four deep cuts requiring 21 stitches.
    Our last cat became a fox’s dinner – it was a particularly cold winter and we think the fox was desperate. And a neighbour had seen a parent fox teaching it’s cubs to hunt – they were circling her ancient moggy.
    So it does happen…and at least this time, the cat survived…

  3. Writing this as my cat waits for an operation after being attacked by a fox in our back garden in West London.
    He’s ten years old and I have seen him on numerous occasions nose to nose with foxes without any animosity or fear, even seen them playing together.
    Last night his leg was shattered in an attack right outside our back door.
    The fox retreated a few steps and sat staring as I delt with my cat.

  4. Writing this as my cat waits for an operation after being attacked by a fox in our back garden in West London.
    He’s ten years old and I have seen him on numerous occasions nose to nose with foxes without any animosity or fear, even seen them playing together.
    Last night his leg was shattered in an attack right outside our back door.
    The fox retreated a few steps and sat staring as I delt with my cat.

  5. Just yesterday 29 march 2014 our cat was being chased down the garden by a large fox trying to grab and bite him. Thank god we saw it and made lots of noise to put him/her off. My poor old cat wouldn’t have survived an attack. This was in Harrow North West London.

  6. Just yesterday 29 march 2014 our cat was being chased down the garden by a large fox trying to grab and bite him. Thank god we saw it and made lots of noise to put him/her off. My poor old cat wouldn’t have survived an attack. This was in Harrow North West London.

  7. My sister has lost two 10 year old cats to a fox in the space of 8 days, she found one’s body bitten and scratched the other she only found the bloody collar and fur, the vet said that when they have young to feed they can take risks and attack cats. This was in Bushey herts.

  8. My sister has lost two 10 year old cats to a fox in the space of 8 days, she found one’s body bitten and scratched the other she only found the bloody collar and fur, the vet said that when they have young to feed they can take risks and attack cats. This was in Bushey herts.

  9. I have just been woken by the very loud noise of a fox outside in the road in the west end of glasgow. It had cornered a fairly large and healthy looking cat and was making every effort to have the cat for dinner. The fox did not move when I approached, shooing it and making as much noise as I could to frighten it away. Only when the owner of the cat arrived and threw her umbrella at the fox several times did I it finally back off. She said her cat is regularly attacked by foxes. I have no doubt what- so- ever that this fox meant business.

  10. I have just been woken by the very loud noise of a fox outside in the road in the west end of glasgow. It had cornered a fairly large and healthy looking cat and was making every effort to have the cat for dinner. The fox did not move when I approached, shooing it and making as much noise as I could to frighten it away. Only when the owner of the cat arrived and threw her umbrella at the fox several times did I it finally back off. She said her cat is regularly attacked by foxes. I have no doubt what- so- ever that this fox meant business.

  11. My dog has been attacked by a fox in our back garden 3 times in the past two weeks. On all occasions the attacks were in broad day light, whilst I or my partner were in the garden. We were sitting on the patio and the dog was just running or sitting in the garden and then all of a sudden the fox crept from behind a bush a pounced on our dog. The dog only stopped when we started shouting and threw stuff at him, but even then he/she stopped and stared at us for a few minutes before running off. What next our 3 and 4 year old kids whilst they are playing in the garden. Something has to be done about getting rid of these vicious animals from our back gardens. The council say they are non-threatening and will not attack pets or children – yeah right!!!

  12. My dog has been attacked by a fox in our back garden 3 times in the past two weeks. On all occasions the attacks were in broad day light, whilst I or my partner were in the garden. We were sitting on the patio and the dog was just running or sitting in the garden and then all of a sudden the fox crept from behind a bush a pounced on our dog. The dog only stopped when we started shouting and threw stuff at him, but even then he/she stopped and stared at us for a few minutes before running off. What next our 3 and 4 year old kids whilst they are playing in the garden. Something has to be done about getting rid of these vicious animals from our back gardens. The council say they are non-threatening and will not attack pets or children – yeah right!!!

  13. My beautiful boy cat Ollie had to be put to sleep on May 3 2014 due to a fox attack early in the morning. Had I not witnessed this myself I would never had believed it.
    Being 13+ years old his age was against him as the injury was so severe he lost the use of his hind legs. We suspect my neighbours cat was also attacked last year and had a facial injury, luckily he is now ok, but very wary of foxes.

  14. My beautiful boy cat Ollie had to be put to sleep on May 3 2014 due to a fox attack early in the morning. Had I not witnessed this myself I would never had believed it.
    Being 13+ years old his age was against him as the injury was so severe he lost the use of his hind legs. We suspect my neighbours cat was also attacked last year and had a facial injury, luckily he is now ok, but very wary of foxes.

    1. I just read ur article about your cat Olli. I’m so sorry. I’m trying to keep my cat Bob in at night as we have so many foxes around its scarey. I think I have many sleepless nights ahead trying to get him to my way of thinking!

  15. I’m writing this whilst my small 7month old kitten is having surgery to rebuild her jaw, ear and have numerous stitches after a fox attack at 8am this morning… I heard noises in my garden and found the fox had cornered my cat behind my shed, as I shouted to scare the fox, it managed to get hold of my cats head and drag it over my neighbours fence and tried to drag her away. Luckily he dropped her. I can’t bare the think what would have happened had I not have heard the noises. It’s was really scary. I will certaining be taking extra measures to make sure my garden is fox free! However, more needs to be done in public areas, such as the allyways, to sure risks against pets are minimised!

  16. I’m writing this whilst my small 7month old kitten is having surgery to rebuild her jaw, ear and have numerous stitches after a fox attack at 8am this morning… I heard noises in my garden and found the fox had cornered my cat behind my shed, as I shouted to scare the fox, it managed to get hold of my cats head and drag it over my neighbours fence and tried to drag her away. Luckily he dropped her. I can’t bare the think what would have happened had I not have heard the noises. It’s was really scary. I will certaining be taking extra measures to make sure my garden is fox free! However, more needs to be done in public areas, such as the allyways, to sure risks against pets are minimised!

  17. I have just found what’s left of my cat, right next to the fox hole. I’m afraid in my books that’s damning evidence! She was a member of our family for 18 years, so some comfort that she did have a long and happy life. I know foxes only do what foxes do, but am having a hard time forgiving them at the moment. I can certainly see why farmers consider them vermin.

  18. I have just found what’s left of my cat, right next to the fox hole. I’m afraid in my books that’s damning evidence! She was a member of our family for 18 years, so some comfort that she did have a long and happy life. I know foxes only do what foxes do, but am having a hard time forgiving them at the moment. I can certainly see why farmers consider them vermin.

  19. I found a dead cat this morning in the garden which had been killed by a fox. It looked like a strong healthy young cat but had been ripped open. My neighbour told me her cat had been killed by a fox a couple of weeks ago as well as a couple of her chickens.
    I’m afraid of letting my 3 cats out after dark now but they’re protesting about being locked in.

  20. I found a dead cat this morning in the garden which had been killed by a fox. It looked like a strong healthy young cat but had been ripped open. My neighbour told me her cat had been killed by a fox a couple of weeks ago as well as a couple of her chickens.
    I’m afraid of letting my 3 cats out after dark now but they’re protesting about being locked in.

  21. We believe our cat was attacked by a fox on Wednesday- she had severe lacerations to her legs and feet, cuts all over her body and bite marks. One of her feet was bitten so badly she needed it to be re constructed.
    This happened at about 9.30 pm – she’s lucky to be alive!

  22. We believe our cat was attacked by a fox on Wednesday- she had severe lacerations to her legs and feet, cuts all over her body and bite marks. One of her feet was bitten so badly she needed it to be re constructed.
    This happened at about 9.30 pm – she’s lucky to be alive!

  23. Its, 2 am and I am anxious about my 10 months old kitten who I have seen being attacked by a fox. Our neighbours pregnant cat had her legs eaten by a fox and killed as a result. This was in Harrow northwest London as well. These attacks are becoming more common and I am afraid we will have to scare the foxes away from our gardens using whatever force necessary. I know what I will do to a fox if I see one in my back garden.

  24. Its, 2 am and I am anxious about my 10 months old kitten who I have seen being attacked by a fox. Our neighbours pregnant cat had her legs eaten by a fox and killed as a result. This was in Harrow northwest London as well. These attacks are becoming more common and I am afraid we will have to scare the foxes away from our gardens using whatever force necessary. I know what I will do to a fox if I see one in my back garden.

  25. My one year old cat went missing 3 days ago. A neighbour found his collar and half of his tail in their garden. I was hopeful that he might limp home but as each day passes this is less likely. We have lots of foxes in the gardens around here (south Leicester) and it looks likely that this was a fox attack. If you are lucky enough to still have your cat, please take precautions to keep them safe.

  26. My one year old cat went missing 3 days ago. A neighbour found his collar and half of his tail in their garden. I was hopeful that he might limp home but as each day passes this is less likely. We have lots of foxes in the gardens around here (south Leicester) and it looks likely that this was a fox attack. If you are lucky enough to still have your cat, please take precautions to keep them safe.

  27. Suki our three year old cat had been missing for a week. Sadly she was found dead in a neighbours garden with her mouth ripped and fur missing. I can only put it down to foxes because a lot have been seen at night on the street. I always thought that a cat could fight off a fox, but now Ive changed my mind. Ive started keeping my other cat in at night,

  28. Suki our three year old cat had been missing for a week. Sadly she was found dead in a neighbours garden with her mouth ripped and fur missing. I can only put it down to foxes because a lot have been seen at night on the street. I always thought that a cat could fight off a fox, but now Ive changed my mind. Ive started keeping my other cat in at night,

  29. Whilst sitting in my garden at the weekend, a large dog fox chased my cat across the garden grabbing its tail. Our cat is small and fast, only 2 years old .. she shot up a tree and escaped. The fox ran off. No doubt in my mind that foxes kill/eat cats, but how on earth can you protect them? Our garden is open to the heath in Reigate, Surrey.

  30. Whilst sitting in my garden at the weekend, a large dog fox chased my cat across the garden grabbing its tail. Our cat is small and fast, only 2 years old .. she shot up a tree and escaped. The fox ran off. No doubt in my mind that foxes kill/eat cats, but how on earth can you protect them? Our garden is open to the heath in Reigate, Surrey.

  31. The database is all well and good but it doubt it includes the deaths people have experienced here. You’re hardly going to gather the bits left and take them to the Vet to be counted! I was also told by my vet that attacks are rare. Yet in the space of 6 weeks, 1 cat has survived an attack (and was treated at my Vets!) and 3 cats, including my 15yr old are missing, all from one street in SW London. One of the missing survived an attack a few years ago.
    I think we know how smart Foxes are, I once had one come in through the catflap. Lets not pretend they’re innocent; they are the real culprits for so many disappeared cats. Genuinely at a loss at what to do about it.

  32. The database is all well and good but it doubt it includes the deaths people have experienced here. You’re hardly going to gather the bits left and take them to the Vet to be counted! I was also told by my vet that attacks are rare. Yet in the space of 6 weeks, 1 cat has survived an attack (and was treated at my Vets!) and 3 cats, including my 15yr old are missing, all from one street in SW London. One of the missing survived an attack a few years ago.
    I think we know how smart Foxes are, I once had one come in through the catflap. Lets not pretend they’re innocent; they are the real culprits for so many disappeared cats. Genuinely at a loss at what to do about it.

  33. We had 2 cats and now have one. Our older cat Catkin(10) has been missing since 18th June. We have a family of fox living next door and numerous other foxes passing through. I have been present when foxes have attempted to attack my cats and was able to intervene but I fear this time during daylight hours we were not about to help. I have no evidence it was the foxes but it seems the most likely explanation. Those people who feed foxes are encouraging them to be less afraid of people, more daring in their actions and artificially increasing the population to epidemic levels.

  34. We had 2 cats and now have one. Our older cat Catkin(10) has been missing since 18th June. We have a family of fox living next door and numerous other foxes passing through. I have been present when foxes have attempted to attack my cats and was able to intervene but I fear this time during daylight hours we were not about to help. I have no evidence it was the foxes but it seems the most likely explanation. Those people who feed foxes are encouraging them to be less afraid of people, more daring in their actions and artificially increasing the population to epidemic levels.

  35. A neighbours cat was attacked last night, in a quiet urban road by a family of foxes. It put up a tremendous fight but was overcome by the foxes circling and biting. I tried to shoo them away but the leader came back and carried the cat off. It was found dead further down the road this morning. Very sad and horrific!

  36. A neighbours cat was attacked last night, in a quiet urban road by a family of foxes. It put up a tremendous fight but was overcome by the foxes circling and biting. I tried to shoo them away but the leader came back and carried the cat off. It was found dead further down the road this morning. Very sad and horrific!

  37. In the last month my old cat was killed and eaten by a fox – my youngster was badly hurt and very traumatised by an attack. Once the foxes learn that cats can be attacked they will continue to do so – and they do hunt in packs -teaching each other that cats are fair game. My cat will no longer be going out alone – not that she wants to right now – she is too frightened.

  38. In the last month my old cat was killed and eaten by a fox – my youngster was badly hurt and very traumatised by an attack. Once the foxes learn that cats can be attacked they will continue to do so – and they do hunt in packs -teaching each other that cats are fair game. My cat will no longer be going out alone – not that she wants to right now – she is too frightened.

  39. My cat sooty was a beautiful friendly cat, she went missing in the spring, not like her at all, always comes in on time. We new something had happened, my daughter said the evening sooty went missing a fox sat looking through the French doors. Her tail was found in the neighbours garden shredded. I know foxes eat cats. We live in the city of leicester.

  40. My cat sooty was a beautiful friendly cat, she went missing in the spring, not like her at all, always comes in on time. We new something had happened, my daughter said the evening sooty went missing a fox sat looking through the French doors. Her tail was found in the neighbours garden shredded. I know foxes eat cats. We live in the city of leicester.

  41. 2.50am and I can’t sleep, and just as well, I went into the kitchen to sit at the window to have a cigarette, I don’t switch the light on. As I’ve opened the window I see my cat sitting by a tree in the garden not a care in the world, then I see something move behind the wheelie bins, thinking it’s another cat, expecting my cat to see it off (he’s very protective of his territory) he dosnt he just sits there. Then this fox comes out from behind the bins. The fox dosnt see my cat as he’s round the corner of the shed and my cat didn’t see the fox, I didn’t make any noise but the fox saw me and ran off thankfully. My cat then must have heard the fox and was quite interested, I managed to coax my cat in, and I think that will be the last time he goes out at night. I don’t have a cat flap as I live in a g/floor flat with no exclusive enterance to the garden so my cat uses the kitchen window.

  42. 2.50am and I can’t sleep, and just as well, I went into the kitchen to sit at the window to have a cigarette, I don’t switch the light on. As I’ve opened the window I see my cat sitting by a tree in the garden not a care in the world, then I see something move behind the wheelie bins, thinking it’s another cat, expecting my cat to see it off (he’s very protective of his territory) he dosnt he just sits there. Then this fox comes out from behind the bins. The fox dosnt see my cat as he’s round the corner of the shed and my cat didn’t see the fox, I didn’t make any noise but the fox saw me and ran off thankfully. My cat then must have heard the fox and was quite interested, I managed to coax my cat in, and I think that will be the last time he goes out at night. I don’t have a cat flap as I live in a g/floor flat with no exclusive enterance to the garden so my cat uses the kitchen window.

  43. It’s 2am. Just rescued my cat from a fox attack in Gtr. Manchester. Heard screeches and yowls from outside the home so rushed outside as it sounded like sounds the cat has made when fighting. A fox ran away across the grass, stopping briefly to look back, and then was gone. Searched around the hedges with a torch for some time but did not get any responses. After perhaps 20 minutes, poked head into a neighbours garden and it had jumped onto a piece of furniture outside their front door. Was sitting looking very scared.

    No external bites but was shaking a lot and also had matted saliva covered fur at the back of her neck showing where she was grabbed and tugged.

    Back legs seem weak … perhaps strained or twisted them while trying to get away … or alternatively muscular exhaustion from having to work so hard not to get dragged off. Will see how she’s walking in the morning and get her to the vet for a check-up if she isn’t back to normal!

    She did well as the fox looked young and agile and this cat is 18 years old – extremely good health for her age – but perhaps caught unawares while sleeping.

    Will certainly be investigating ways to seal up the gaps in the fences so she can roam or sleep without wild fox attacks!

  44. It’s 2am. Just rescued my cat from a fox attack in Gtr. Manchester. Heard screeches and yowls from outside the home so rushed outside as it sounded like sounds the cat has made when fighting. A fox ran away across the grass, stopping briefly to look back, and then was gone. Searched around the hedges with a torch for some time but did not get any responses. After perhaps 20 minutes, poked head into a neighbours garden and it had jumped onto a piece of furniture outside their front door. Was sitting looking very scared.

    No external bites but was shaking a lot and also had matted saliva covered fur at the back of her neck showing where she was grabbed and tugged.

    Back legs seem weak … perhaps strained or twisted them while trying to get away … or alternatively muscular exhaustion from having to work so hard not to get dragged off. Will see how she’s walking in the morning and get her to the vet for a check-up if she isn’t back to normal!

    She did well as the fox looked young and agile and this cat is 18 years old – extremely good health for her age – but perhaps caught unawares while sleeping.

    Will certainly be investigating ways to seal up the gaps in the fences so she can roam or sleep without wild fox attacks!

  45. I live in Leeds and my beautiful cat Sox who was 17years old was attacked and killed by a fox a week ago. We found her without her head in the garden. I can’t imagine what she went through. Something needs to be done. It’s extremely devastating. I can’t stop thinking about it.

  46. I live in Leeds and my beautiful cat Sox who was 17years old was attacked and killed by a fox a week ago. We found her without her head in the garden. I can’t imagine what she went through. Something needs to be done. It’s extremely devastating. I can’t stop thinking about it.

  47. My 1year old cat Nico has been missing for a few days now, its not like him to go wondering off for days. There are a family of foxes in our area who are only seen at night, i never thought they would be a threat to him or my other cat, i always assumed cats would have the upper hand with foxes. Im scared after reading everyones story, my cat may never come home. I dont know what to do, i looked everywhere for him, theres no trace of him anywhere. Im expecting him to jump in through the kitchen window at anytime. Its weird but my other cat hugo slept in nicos sleeping area the night nico didnt turn up, maybe he misses nico too. I will contact the council regarding the foxes not sure if they can actually do anything.

  48. My 1year old cat Nico has been missing for a few days now, its not like him to go wondering off for days. There are a family of foxes in our area who are only seen at night, i never thought they would be a threat to him or my other cat, i always assumed cats would have the upper hand with foxes. Im scared after reading everyones story, my cat may never come home. I dont know what to do, i looked everywhere for him, theres no trace of him anywhere. Im expecting him to jump in through the kitchen window at anytime. Its weird but my other cat hugo slept in nicos sleeping area the night nico didnt turn up, maybe he misses nico too. I will contact the council regarding the foxes not sure if they can actually do anything.

  49. Like annetta nagle I live in Bushey, Herts. Our neighbour’s 10 month old cat was dismembered by a fox in the garden. I’m so worried for my 2 cats now, the foxes seem bolder than ever. The dead cat was buried in its garden, the cats are being killed, but their deaths aren’t being monitored for the statistics. I’m so sorry for everyone who’s lost their cat, our pets become part of the family. Foxes killing cats is a real and present problem.

  50. Like annetta nagle I live in Bushey, Herts. Our neighbour’s 10 month old cat was dismembered by a fox in the garden. I’m so worried for my 2 cats now, the foxes seem bolder than ever. The dead cat was buried in its garden, the cats are being killed, but their deaths aren’t being monitored for the statistics. I’m so sorry for everyone who’s lost their cat, our pets become part of the family. Foxes killing cats is a real and present problem.

  51. FOXES DO KILL CATS!!!!! I have this morning had to bury my beautiful 16 month old cat who had suffered the worst attack possible from a fox last night. We were awoken by that awful noise foxes make but we were too late to help. I can only hope she didn’t suffer and having spoken to our vest who assures me she would have most likely died from shock before she was killed Look after your cats at night.

  52. FOXES DO KILL CATS!!!!! I have this morning had to bury my beautiful 16 month old cat who had suffered the worst attack possible from a fox last night. We were awoken by that awful noise foxes make but we were too late to help. I can only hope she didn’t suffer and having spoken to our vest who assures me she would have most likely died from shock before she was killed Look after your cats at night.

  53. I’m so sad to read the tragic comments on this thread, its 1am and I’ve sat up waiting for my cat to come home tonight – and saw 5 foxes! Ive been beside myself but thankfully he is now Home. Wanted to post to restore a little bit of faith for the next person who like me sits reading these sad sad comments whilst waiting for their cat to return πŸ™ x

  54. I’m so sad to read the tragic comments on this thread, its 1am and I’ve sat up waiting for my cat to come home tonight – and saw 5 foxes! Ive been beside myself but thankfully he is now Home. Wanted to post to restore a little bit of faith for the next person who like me sits reading these sad sad comments whilst waiting for their cat to return πŸ™ x

  55. I witnessed my cat being attacked by a fox 10 days ago. just outside my garden door . I banged on the glass and the fox ran off. My cat had a puncture mark under her tail which sadly developed a abscess and she now has a big open wound that the vet has not been able to stitch .
    Thankfully she’s still alive . I’ll be far more cautious as I’d been told foxes don’t attact cats!!
    25 sept 2014

  56. I witnessed my cat being attacked by a fox 10 days ago. just outside my garden door . I banged on the glass and the fox ran off. My cat had a puncture mark under her tail which sadly developed a abscess and she now has a big open wound that the vet has not been able to stitch .
    Thankfully she’s still alive . I’ll be far more cautious as I’d been told foxes don’t attact cats!!
    25 sept 2014

  57. My cats go out for an hour early morning and late afternoon. I like to get them in before dark but Sam my youngest was desperate to get out for a bit at night and Ive found out why! Hes plays with a young fox on the field next our home and they have a wonderful time! But after reading these comments it wont be happening again! Foxes will be hungry and at night they hunt for food its nature, keep your cats in at night, keep them safe πŸ˜‰ x

  58. My cats go out for an hour early morning and late afternoon. I like to get them in before dark but Sam my youngest was desperate to get out for a bit at night and Ive found out why! Hes plays with a young fox on the field next our home and they have a wonderful time! But after reading these comments it wont be happening again! Foxes will be hungry and at night they hunt for food its nature, keep your cats in at night, keep them safe πŸ˜‰ x

  59. My beautiful cat who was only one year old has been missing for 3 days now. All that I have found is a pool of blood and her collar which has been ripped in half. The collar has a distinctive fox smell, so I am certain a fox has taken her and I know the outcome wasn’t good from the amount of blood. I am hoping we can find her body πŸ™ if you are reading this, please think twice before letting your cats out at night if there are foxes in the area.

  60. My beautiful cat who was only one year old has been missing for 3 days now. All that I have found is a pool of blood and her collar which has been ripped in half. The collar has a distinctive fox smell, so I am certain a fox has taken her and I know the outcome wasn’t good from the amount of blood. I am hoping we can find her body πŸ™ if you are reading this, please think twice before letting your cats out at night if there are foxes in the area.

  61. My lovely ginger male kitten 3 months old been missing for past week now. My neighbors told me he saw a large fox taken down my kitten at right front of my house around 11pm. He tried to chased the fox and the fox dropped the kitten and run away. my neighbor didn’t know its our kitten hence he came back to his home while my kitten hide under one of the street car. since than we don’t know where is my kitten is. we are completley heartbroken. dont even know if its still alive or dead.
    PLEASE NEVER ALLOW YOUR CAT TO BE OUTSIDE AFTER GETS DARK, NO MATTER WHAT !

  62. My lovely ginger male kitten 3 months old been missing for past week now. My neighbors told me he saw a large fox taken down my kitten at right front of my house around 11pm. He tried to chased the fox and the fox dropped the kitten and run away. my neighbor didn’t know its our kitten hence he came back to his home while my kitten hide under one of the street car. since than we don’t know where is my kitten is. we are completley heartbroken. dont even know if its still alive or dead.
    PLEASE NEVER ALLOW YOUR CAT TO BE OUTSIDE AFTER GETS DARK, NO MATTER WHAT !

  63. My cat is 7 he is adorable. He likes to go out all the time. I got a fright just this morning he woke me up to let him out at 4 am he normally wakes me at all hours. On a few times I have seen a MASSIVE fox about three times his size pass in the street at the same time this obviously shook me up big time. He still wanted to go out to confine him inside is not an option he has to go even if you try and stop it. This morning a MASSIVE FOX passed the house just as I was going to let it out and ran along quickly I did give it some time before letting my cat out and seemed ok this time he was lucky again and came back safely I do DREAD the time I hope he never comes into contact with anything like that EVER.

  64. My cat is 7 he is adorable. He likes to go out all the time. I got a fright just this morning he woke me up to let him out at 4 am he normally wakes me at all hours. On a few times I have seen a MASSIVE fox about three times his size pass in the street at the same time this obviously shook me up big time. He still wanted to go out to confine him inside is not an option he has to go even if you try and stop it. This morning a MASSIVE FOX passed the house just as I was going to let it out and ran along quickly I did give it some time before letting my cat out and seemed ok this time he was lucky again and came back safely I do DREAD the time I hope he never comes into contact with anything like that EVER.

  65. Unfortunately we found my lovely cats body minus her head right by the foxes den. Please keep your cats safe by ensuring they are indoors at night. I would hate someone to be going through what I am now x

  66. Unfortunately we found my lovely cats body minus her head right by the foxes den. Please keep your cats safe by ensuring they are indoors at night. I would hate someone to be going through what I am now x

  67. Hi Everyone,

    I am so sorry to read all the sad stories. Poor our pets, is there any wnd to this?! Last night my husband and I were woken up by a fox’s cry and as our 17 year old tabby was or At home, we rushed outside to rescue him. We have scared the fox away, but asomething else also run away( it was sitting under neighbourgh’s care before we came out). We were not sure whether it was our terrified cat, but since he was not at home( and normally he always stays in at night), we went to check the whole are at 2 AM. After 30 minutes we returned home empty handed and he was there right on our bed. It was such a relief, but it still could be someone else’s cat the fox was chasing! I then went to check on the Internet if foxes attack cats, and came across this site. My cats will not be allowed to go out at night anymore.

    Other than keeping out little one at night indoors, I do not know what else can be done to help?

  68. Hi Everyone,

    I am so sorry to read all the sad stories. Poor our pets, is there any wnd to this?! Last night my husband and I were woken up by a fox’s cry and as our 17 year old tabby was or At home, we rushed outside to rescue him. We have scared the fox away, but asomething else also run away( it was sitting under neighbourgh’s care before we came out). We were not sure whether it was our terrified cat, but since he was not at home( and normally he always stays in at night), we went to check the whole are at 2 AM. After 30 minutes we returned home empty handed and he was there right on our bed. It was such a relief, but it still could be someone else’s cat the fox was chasing! I then went to check on the Internet if foxes attack cats, and came across this site. My cats will not be allowed to go out at night anymore.

    Other than keeping out little one at night indoors, I do not know what else can be done to help?

  69. I found my 10 month old cat yesterday morning, in my back garden in south-west London, absolutely mutilated with her head and a leg missing. She had been seen that morning in an area three foxes are often seen. I never thought I’d see her in such a state, and it’s devastating. Is there anything to be done about these foxes?

  70. I found my 10 month old cat yesterday morning, in my back garden in south-west London, absolutely mutilated with her head and a leg missing. She had been seen that morning in an area three foxes are often seen. I never thought I’d see her in such a state, and it’s devastating. Is there anything to be done about these foxes?

  71. Just saved my mums cat 2years old from a fox .. He was attacked a month ago leaving a bad injury to his paws which needed stitches wouldn’t have beloved it it had I not seen it myself our cat is very scared to go out side the cat was one side of the car and the fox was creeping round behind the other side

  72. Just saved my mums cat 2years old from a fox .. He was attacked a month ago leaving a bad injury to his paws which needed stitches wouldn’t have beloved it it had I not seen it myself our cat is very scared to go out side the cat was one side of the car and the fox was creeping round behind the other side

  73. Our 1 year old Persian cat was attacked and killed by a fox this winter 2015 in east London near to Epping forest where there are a large numbers of urban foxes. The body had been eaten in-line with an animal attack. We did try to keep the cat inside at dusk and dark but its not easy to do every day, this attack occurred between 5.30 – 7.30. For some reason there is a general perception that urban foxes do not pose any danger and should be protected even when they are rapidly increasing in numbers and a serious threat to other wild life. Local councils do not get involved as the problem is too difficult for them to manage and so the problem gets worse.

  74. Our 1 year old Persian cat was attacked and killed by a fox this winter 2015 in east London near to Epping forest where there are a large numbers of urban foxes. The body had been eaten in-line with an animal attack. We did try to keep the cat inside at dusk and dark but its not easy to do every day, this attack occurred between 5.30 – 7.30. For some reason there is a general perception that urban foxes do not pose any danger and should be protected even when they are rapidly increasing in numbers and a serious threat to other wild life. Local councils do not get involved as the problem is too difficult for them to manage and so the problem gets worse.

  75. i googled this to find out if foxes attack cats as i live in an area where there are lots of foxes and every now and then(quite often) i see people leaving messages on lamp posts and shop windows wanting to know if anyone has seen their missing cat .i have owned cats myself so feel for these people and hope it wasnt the foxes that were responsible

  76. i googled this to find out if foxes attack cats as i live in an area where there are lots of foxes and every now and then(quite often) i see people leaving messages on lamp posts and shop windows wanting to know if anyone has seen their missing cat .i have owned cats myself so feel for these people and hope it wasnt the foxes that were responsible

  77. We live next to a field, in a semi urban area just outside Brighton. I think we have just seen something quite rare, and we have been very lucky that our 4 year old male cat is ok. Our cat woke us up meowing by the back door to go out at about 4 am, so we let him out and went back to bed. At about 5 am we were woken up again by foxes braying. I looked out of the window to see two large foxes in our garden had cornered our cat, who was sitting on top of a fence in a distressed state. I went outside to rescue the cat but the foxes at first weren’t bothered by my presence until I started throwing pebbles at them. Once I had rescued the cat and brought him back in, I looked out of the window again and one of the foxes had come back and was right by the back door sniffing around. This whole experience was very strange as these foxes were not what I would describe as timid and from what I’ve read they don’t hunt together but these two clearly were. We are wondering if our cat had somehow disturbed their Cubs?

  78. We live next to a field, in a semi urban area just outside Brighton. I think we have just seen something quite rare, and we have been very lucky that our 4 year old male cat is ok. Our cat woke us up meowing by the back door to go out at about 4 am, so we let him out and went back to bed. At about 5 am we were woken up again by foxes braying. I looked out of the window to see two large foxes in our garden had cornered our cat, who was sitting on top of a fence in a distressed state. I went outside to rescue the cat but the foxes at first weren’t bothered by my presence until I started throwing pebbles at them. Once I had rescued the cat and brought him back in, I looked out of the window again and one of the foxes had come back and was right by the back door sniffing around. This whole experience was very strange as these foxes were not what I would describe as timid and from what I’ve read they don’t hunt together but these two clearly were. We are wondering if our cat had somehow disturbed their Cubs?

  79. 7pm Heard a disturbance and a thud at the french windows. Went to investigate – opened the door and my cat bolted through the door. Not 4 foot away at the top of the patio steps was a sizable fox who shot off when he saw me. No harm to the cat but I wonder if she disturbed a litter (there has been cubs in the garden in the last 2 years). Seems that a there is an increase this time of year. Keep em after dark folks. Harrow NW London

  80. 7pm Heard a disturbance and a thud at the french windows. Went to investigate – opened the door and my cat bolted through the door. Not 4 foot away at the top of the patio steps was a sizable fox who shot off when he saw me. No harm to the cat but I wonder if she disturbed a litter (there has been cubs in the garden in the last 2 years). Seems that a there is an increase this time of year. Keep em after dark folks. Harrow NW London

  81. Well, its 2pm in the afternoon and I have seen yet another fox in the back garden and I am East London!
    Urban foxes are becoming a common sight in the day – and it seemed to be very agile hopping over fences.

  82. Well, its 2pm in the afternoon and I have seen yet another fox in the back garden and I am East London!
    Urban foxes are becoming a common sight in the day – and it seemed to be very agile hopping over fences.

  83. Bin bags have been replaced here by wheelie bins, the local foxes are getting desperate without their usual food source. Today in broad daylight was a fox on the patio, and from its belly I assume it’s got babies to feed. At 2:45 am I heard that terrible fox noise and looked out to see it chasing my cat out from under the car. I chased it down the street and tried calling for the cat, but she’d streaked towards the secret cat alleys and was home on the sofa before me. Frightening though, and she seemed happier and little more receptive to have my company than usual, she’s normally a grumpy fiesty little thing!

  84. Bin bags have been replaced here by wheelie bins, the local foxes are getting desperate without their usual food source. Today in broad daylight was a fox on the patio, and from its belly I assume it’s got babies to feed. At 2:45 am I heard that terrible fox noise and looked out to see it chasing my cat out from under the car. I chased it down the street and tried calling for the cat, but she’d streaked towards the secret cat alleys and was home on the sofa before me. Frightening though, and she seemed happier and little more receptive to have my company than usual, she’s normally a grumpy fiesty little thing!

  85. I have just found my cat, decapitated. I can only assume it was a fox, but have no clue as to what has happened to her. She was an 8 year old Persian. I am worried for my other 5 cats now. I live in the middle of the countryside, I’ve only seen 3 foxes in 16 years of living here. Could it have been a badger?

  86. I have just found my cat, decapitated. I can only assume it was a fox, but have no clue as to what has happened to her. She was an 8 year old Persian. I am worried for my other 5 cats now. I live in the middle of the countryside, I’ve only seen 3 foxes in 16 years of living here. Could it have been a badger?

  87. We have 5 cats. We heard some yowling went out and our cats were standing off a fox on top of a shed where it had chased and cornered a kitten. Kitten has come into our house and is luckily un hurt but we will have to try and find owners and warn them as he is far too small to be out at night. Luckily our cats saved him

  88. We have 5 cats. We heard some yowling went out and our cats were standing off a fox on top of a shed where it had chased and cornered a kitten. Kitten has come into our house and is luckily un hurt but we will have to try and find owners and warn them as he is far too small to be out at night. Luckily our cats saved him

  89. We live in Windsor and our 8kg tabby male has just been chased into the house by a screaming banshee of a Fox, very scary stuff. Looked up this behaviour online and found this website, now convinced the Fox wanted my boy for dinner!!! He’s pretty shaken and that’s the last time either of my cats go out at night

  90. We live in Windsor and our 8kg tabby male has just been chased into the house by a screaming banshee of a Fox, very scary stuff. Looked up this behaviour online and found this website, now convinced the Fox wanted my boy for dinner!!! He’s pretty shaken and that’s the last time either of my cats go out at night

  91. Reading all these blogs I can see I’m not the only one having problems with foxes in Harrow. I have 3 big boxer dogs, 3 cats and young children. Foxes are becoming a complete nuisance!! They already attacked two of my cats and are not scared of us in fact they even growl at my husband when he tries to chase them away. The only thing they are scared of is my dogs and I don’t let my children play in the garden unless at least one dog is out with them. This is no way to live and we are getting desperate now! Surely there is something that can be done!!?

  92. Reading all these blogs I can see I’m not the only one having problems with foxes in Harrow. I have 3 big boxer dogs, 3 cats and young children. Foxes are becoming a complete nuisance!! They already attacked two of my cats and are not scared of us in fact they even growl at my husband when he tries to chase them away. The only thing they are scared of is my dogs and I don’t let my children play in the garden unless at least one dog is out with them. This is no way to live and we are getting desperate now! Surely there is something that can be done!!?

  93. Last night I heard a yelping sound outside the window and immediately knew something was wrong. I looked out the window to see a massive fox cornering my 8 year old persian cat. I live in Glasgow and had been told there were lots of foxes out at night but never really considered the threat to my cat who loves going out at night until I saw what I saw last night. I bolted outside to find my poor cat cowering behind a bush. The fox ran off when it heard me open the door but I am convinced that had it not been disturbed this would have been a very different story and I would have been devastated. Thankfully my cat was not hurt and I brought her inside for the rest of the night even though she wanted to go back out! No way. This morning I came online to read up to know how threatening foxes are to cats and most sites told me foxes don’t tend to bother with cats and I felt slightly reassured since I would feel cruel keeping my cat in when she asks to go out at night HOWEVER thanks to all of these posts I will be protecting my beautiful cat by keeping her indoors when it is dark. The thought of what could happen to her is too much to bear. Thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences no matter how painful. I really feel for you as I know how much your cats meant to you, as mine does to me.

  94. Last night I heard a yelping sound outside the window and immediately knew something was wrong. I looked out the window to see a massive fox cornering my 8 year old persian cat. I live in Glasgow and had been told there were lots of foxes out at night but never really considered the threat to my cat who loves going out at night until I saw what I saw last night. I bolted outside to find my poor cat cowering behind a bush. The fox ran off when it heard me open the door but I am convinced that had it not been disturbed this would have been a very different story and I would have been devastated. Thankfully my cat was not hurt and I brought her inside for the rest of the night even though she wanted to go back out! No way. This morning I came online to read up to know how threatening foxes are to cats and most sites told me foxes don’t tend to bother with cats and I felt slightly reassured since I would feel cruel keeping my cat in when she asks to go out at night HOWEVER thanks to all of these posts I will be protecting my beautiful cat by keeping her indoors when it is dark. The thought of what could happen to her is too much to bear. Thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences no matter how painful. I really feel for you as I know how much your cats meant to you, as mine does to me.

  95. Took my child to play frisbee today in the communal garden of where i live. what i saw made my stomach turn. grass strewn with fur (looked like an older cats fur) and a tail left. poor moggy. there was even a plastic football torn to pieces. and yes foxes are becoming bolder and braver than ever. the concealment of rubbish bins and even the recycling of food waste means no chance of the scavengers even getting a look in to any leftovers. best to keep older cats in at least.

  96. Took my child to play frisbee today in the communal garden of where i live. what i saw made my stomach turn. grass strewn with fur (looked like an older cats fur) and a tail left. poor moggy. there was even a plastic football torn to pieces. and yes foxes are becoming bolder and braver than ever. the concealment of rubbish bins and even the recycling of food waste means no chance of the scavengers even getting a look in to any leftovers. best to keep older cats in at least.

  97. I’ve just heard the most awful noise, like a growl/bark, I looked out of my window to see my 11 year old cat Spencer sat next to a fox who was making the noise. I went to let him in….he didn’t want to come in and went running off after the fox! Is this normal? I’m worried he might get injured.

  98. I’ve just heard the most awful noise, like a growl/bark, I looked out of my window to see my 11 year old cat Spencer sat next to a fox who was making the noise. I went to let him in….he didn’t want to come in and went running off after the fox! Is this normal? I’m worried he might get injured.

  99. At 7.30am this morning my husband saved our cat whos a Siamease & nearly 1. This fox was chasing our cat all around our garden until my husband went out to scare it off. We have a large garden and my husband thought it was another cat at first, but then noticed the size. We have a lot of foxes where we live and this is our 3rd cat but we have never seen this before.

  100. At 7.30am this morning my husband saved our cat whos a Siamease & nearly 1. This fox was chasing our cat all around our garden until my husband went out to scare it off. We have a large garden and my husband thought it was another cat at first, but then noticed the size. We have a lot of foxes where we live and this is our 3rd cat but we have never seen this before.

  101. There are many other reasons for keeping all cats indoors all of the time, not only to protect the cats, but also the environment. Many bird species have gone extinct due to cats. In the U.S. alone, free-roaming domestic cats kill an estimated 1.4-3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 billion mammals. For more info., see: http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/index.html and http://www.peta.org/living/companion-animals/caring-animal-companions/caring-cats/indoor-cats/

  102. There are many other reasons for keeping all cats indoors all of the time, not only to protect the cats, but also the environment. Many bird species have gone extinct due to cats. In the U.S. alone, free-roaming domestic cats kill an estimated 1.4-3.7 billion birds and 6.9-20.7 billion mammals. For more info., see: http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/index.html and http://www.peta.org/living/companion-animals/caring-animal-companions/caring-cats/indoor-cats/

  103. I have just returned from the vet where I left our 5 year old cat, suffering from injuries inflicted by a group of seven foxes (adults and cubs). He has lost several claws, has a bleeding injury on his leg and a serious groin injury that has punctured the skin and may be causing internal bleeding. I was awoken at 4.30am by the screams and barking of the foxes outside my window and on looking out saw our cat amidst the foxes, which were tearing at him, biting him and pulling lumps of his fur out. I rushed outside and chased the foxes off. They were quite brazen and despite my efforts kept coming back towards my injured cat who eventually managed to drag himself under our car. Although the foxes retreated, three of them remained in view and appeared to be waiting for me to leave in order that they could move in to finish the job! I know that the veterinary world seem to refuse to believe that foxes are capable of attacking our feline pets but what I have seen with my own eyes makes that view look extremely blinkered. PLEASE WAKE UP! These wild creatures are not cuddly bunnies. They have done real damage to my pet that looks like costing me several hundred pounds, even provided he survives.

  104. I have just returned from the vet where I left our 5 year old cat, suffering from injuries inflicted by a group of seven foxes (adults and cubs). He has lost several claws, has a bleeding injury on his leg and a serious groin injury that has punctured the skin and may be causing internal bleeding. I was awoken at 4.30am by the screams and barking of the foxes outside my window and on looking out saw our cat amidst the foxes, which were tearing at him, biting him and pulling lumps of his fur out. I rushed outside and chased the foxes off. They were quite brazen and despite my efforts kept coming back towards my injured cat who eventually managed to drag himself under our car. Although the foxes retreated, three of them remained in view and appeared to be waiting for me to leave in order that they could move in to finish the job! I know that the veterinary world seem to refuse to believe that foxes are capable of attacking our feline pets but what I have seen with my own eyes makes that view look extremely blinkered. PLEASE WAKE UP! These wild creatures are not cuddly bunnies. They have done real damage to my pet that looks like costing me several hundred pounds, even provided he survives.

  105. Several years ago I witnessed a cat (not one of mine) being attacked by a Greyhound in a garden and the dog shook it around like a ragdoll until it was dead. I had been bathing at the time and screamed for someone to rescue the cat but all fully dressed humans in the immediate area appeared to be deaf. I was totally disgusted and very saddened. Move forwards to 2014 and a different place and I heard a noise outside and my own cat was being attacked by a ‘pitbull’ type dog. The dog had its mouth clamped around the stomach of my cat. I literally jumped over the fence, clamped my legs around the dogs neck/head as it faced away from me and I sunk my fingernails into the dogs ears until it let my cat go. Β£648 later my cat luckily survived. I will not risk having this happen again so my cat has lost the freedom of pootling around in the day (I have always kept my cats in at night time). The owner had been walking his dog without a lead in a public area and also had no control of the dog whatsoever because not only did he not appear whilst I was shouting at the dog to let go of my cat (several times), he had allowed his dog to go into private gardens. I am slightly concerned about foxes but not as much as dogs trained/encouraged by their horrible owners to kill or injure cats and other dogs.

  106. Several years ago I witnessed a cat (not one of mine) being attacked by a Greyhound in a garden and the dog shook it around like a ragdoll until it was dead. I had been bathing at the time and screamed for someone to rescue the cat but all fully dressed humans in the immediate area appeared to be deaf. I was totally disgusted and very saddened. Move forwards to 2014 and a different place and I heard a noise outside and my own cat was being attacked by a ‘pitbull’ type dog. The dog had its mouth clamped around the stomach of my cat. I literally jumped over the fence, clamped my legs around the dogs neck/head as it faced away from me and I sunk my fingernails into the dogs ears until it let my cat go. Β£648 later my cat luckily survived. I will not risk having this happen again so my cat has lost the freedom of pootling around in the day (I have always kept my cats in at night time). The owner had been walking his dog without a lead in a public area and also had no control of the dog whatsoever because not only did he not appear whilst I was shouting at the dog to let go of my cat (several times), he had allowed his dog to go into private gardens. I am slightly concerned about foxes but not as much as dogs trained/encouraged by their horrible owners to kill or injure cats and other dogs.

  107. Sorry for the cats who have been involved with a fox but people should also keep their pets in at night.. For many reasons, going of and getting lost, road accidents, being abused by a cat hater and foxes..its for their own safety. Simply asking for trouble if you keep your cats out at night!! And irresponsible….

  108. Sorry for the cats who have been involved with a fox but people should also keep their pets in at night.. For many reasons, going of and getting lost, road accidents, being abused by a cat hater and foxes..its for their own safety. Simply asking for trouble if you keep your cats out at night!! And irresponsible….

  109. Can’t keep cats indoors 24/7 to protect wildlife, that is nonsense…as long as they are not let out too early when the birds are out singing merrily, and in at night should solve the problem..but many people who work all day also leave their cars out all day wihich is wrong…

  110. Can’t keep cats indoors 24/7 to protect wildlife, that is nonsense…as long as they are not let out too early when the birds are out singing merrily, and in at night should solve the problem..but many people who work all day also leave their cars out all day wihich is wrong…

  111. Sadly my 1 year old cat was killed by foxes this morning in the early hours. I’m devastated and so shocked but he was completely torn apart. I had no idea this was a possibility as I’d never heard of it.

  112. Sadly my 1 year old cat was killed by foxes this morning in the early hours. I’m devastated and so shocked but he was completely torn apart. I had no idea this was a possibility as I’d never heard of it.

  113. Seems that foxes’ behavior has evolved quite rapidly since the Feb ’13 article was written, possibly in response to dwindling food supply as bins become more secured. Would be useful to have an update on the official vet stats in the article.

  114. Seems that foxes’ behavior has evolved quite rapidly since the Feb ’13 article was written, possibly in response to dwindling food supply as bins become more secured. Would be useful to have an update on the official vet stats in the article.

  115. My beautiful little 3 year old Bengal female was torn apart by a fox. I so wish I had kept her in at night but her brother won’t be going out at night anymore. Keep them safe indoors.

  116. My beautiful little 3 year old Bengal female was torn apart by a fox. I so wish I had kept her in at night but her brother won’t be going out at night anymore. Keep them safe indoors.

  117. i have witnessed foxes harrassing my cats(5), my daughter has lost several rabbits to foxes, they have pestered my ferrets to the point where they ate their own litter of kits to stop the fox trying, i have been bitten by a fox whilst cutting privet bushes and have had them tear my rubbish bins to shreds and defacated all over my lawn putting my dogs, cats, partner and myself at risk of toxoplasmosis and other zoonosises. they have gotten bolder since fox hunting was banned and its about time local authorities started to act upon the problems foxes pose. if a wolf escaped the zoo it would be hunted endlessly, i see no difference to a fox, both are wild canids with the same instincts. if my dog were to attack another animal/person i would be facing a court case, why is it fine for foxes to do as they please?

  118. i have witnessed foxes harrassing my cats(5), my daughter has lost several rabbits to foxes, they have pestered my ferrets to the point where they ate their own litter of kits to stop the fox trying, i have been bitten by a fox whilst cutting privet bushes and have had them tear my rubbish bins to shreds and defacated all over my lawn putting my dogs, cats, partner and myself at risk of toxoplasmosis and other zoonosises. they have gotten bolder since fox hunting was banned and its about time local authorities started to act upon the problems foxes pose. if a wolf escaped the zoo it would be hunted endlessly, i see no difference to a fox, both are wild canids with the same instincts. if my dog were to attack another animal/person i would be facing a court case, why is it fine for foxes to do as they please?

  119. For a while we lived in a caravan in a quarry with 2 Siamese cats. I have often seen one or other of them sitting contentedly just 15 metres away from a fox as though they had an unwritten agreement – I haven’t seen you & you haven’t seen me -OK?

  120. For a while we lived in a caravan in a quarry with 2 Siamese cats. I have often seen one or other of them sitting contentedly just 15 metres away from a fox as though they had an unwritten agreement – I haven’t seen you & you haven’t seen me -OK?

  121. My cat would rather hang out with foxes than other cats.. and yes I too have see them sunbathing outside together in the early hours.. my cat then leads them to mine for food for them lol.. Now the little blighters have started jumping at my window for attention! They’re fascinating animals to watch and not always as bad as they are painted!

  122. My cat would rather hang out with foxes than other cats.. and yes I too have see them sunbathing outside together in the early hours.. my cat then leads them to mine for food for them lol.. Now the little blighters have started jumping at my window for attention! They’re fascinating animals to watch and not always as bad as they are painted!

  123. My 16 year old Ragdoll cat was attacked by fox early one evening. He obviously put up a good fight but was totally traumatised, he lost most of his back claws and needed pain relief for three weeks. He will now only go outside late morning/early afternoon.. Two nights after his attack another cat was not so lucky.

  124. My 16 year old Ragdoll cat was attacked by fox early one evening. He obviously put up a good fight but was totally traumatised, he lost most of his back claws and needed pain relief for three weeks. He will now only go outside late morning/early afternoon.. Two nights after his attack another cat was not so lucky.

  125. Given the stories of cats being “ripped apart” by foxes, you have to wonder whether the stats on fox attacks are so low partly due to owners never discovering what happened to their missing pet.
    Road accident victims will usually be found on/by the road or at home (if they’ve limped back). But a fatal attack by a fox could happen anywhere and leave little or no evidence.

  126. Given the stories of cats being “ripped apart” by foxes, you have to wonder whether the stats on fox attacks are so low partly due to owners never discovering what happened to their missing pet.
    Road accident victims will usually be found on/by the road or at home (if they’ve limped back). But a fatal attack by a fox could happen anywhere and leave little or no evidence.

  127. I had heard that (very rarely) foxes had been known to attack young, old and vunerable cats. But this evening (about 6.30pm) there was an awful sound outside my front door. When I looked out there was a fox confronting my cat (she is a healthy 61/2 year old) Luckily she came straight-in, but it prompted me to look this up on the internet. Normally my dog would have been very interested, but she is recovering from an operation.

  128. I had heard that (very rarely) foxes had been known to attack young, old and vunerable cats. But this evening (about 6.30pm) there was an awful sound outside my front door. When I looked out there was a fox confronting my cat (she is a healthy 61/2 year old) Luckily she came straight-in, but it prompted me to look this up on the internet. Normally my dog would have been very interested, but she is recovering from an operation.

  129. Just heard what I thought was a terrible cat fight. Looked out the window at the field just over my fence.think the cat got away and a large fox was left looking up at me, then sauntered away hopefully without its meal. Its not the first time ive heard animals screaming in the night here.

  130. Just heard what I thought was a terrible cat fight. Looked out the window at the field just over my fence.think the cat got away and a large fox was left looking up at me, then sauntered away hopefully without its meal. Its not the first time ive heard animals screaming in the night here.

  131. My older barn cat was attacked in the early afternoon yesterday by a pack of three Texas desert foxes and had to have his tail amputated by our vet. He was current with his rabies vaccinations, but he received a booster, anyway. I’m trying to keep the others indoors, but two of them refuse to enter a building. I realize now that foxes can be a very real threat to cats.

  132. My older barn cat was attacked in the early afternoon yesterday by a pack of three Texas desert foxes and had to have his tail amputated by our vet. He was current with his rabies vaccinations, but he received a booster, anyway. I’m trying to keep the others indoors, but two of them refuse to enter a building. I realize now that foxes can be a very real threat to cats.

  133. I’m from North London, behide my garden we have train tracks where foxes are, when i was younger we use to watch a family of foxes laying on my shed enjoying the sun but since i have had my cat and my sister’s cat i have started to disslike foxe. Our cats are more indoor cats but they like to lay in the sun and go out for a few hours a day. Urban city Fox’s are less scared of things thats why I think they attack cats more often now, they’re not that “rare” like the vet’s say… that’s why our cats never go out at night but it does depend on what type of area you live in, my friends cat use to fight foxes often and win/escape and when I was younger you would often see Fox’s roaming the streets, been woken up a few times by Fox noises, cats can normally defend them selfs but thats why its normally kittens or old cats what go missing by foxes but I do think there’s is a Fox problem what needs sorting out… maybe a new invention what stops foxes going near your cat like a certain smell or some thing? Or maybe the rspca should start catching foxes and move them into the country? Its sad reading all the storys on this forum, my cat got chased back home last year by a Fox and I had to run out to scare the Fox away but main reason I’m here is yesterday my cat got into a cat fight so about 15 mins later I called my cat, he meowed and jumped over the fence and came to me, try to walk back off and then a Fox came out of no where and was starring at us so I quickly got him back inside and that was that, now the next day I’m here trying to find ways to keep him safer, he’s a cat and likes going outside so I don’t want to start not letting him out no more as that’s unfair on him.

  134. My Maltese terrier dog was attacked about 3 months ago in my small garden he fractured my dogs jaw bleeding so bad the vet said he was lucky not to have had he’s head taken of also said they are vermin carry diseases gave him anti biotic jab straight away . Why do people persist in feeding them please stop they are a wild animal my poor dog.

  135. I live in Central London and can vouch that foxes definitely poise a threat to cats and a nuisance in our area. Last winter I witnessed a fox literally stalking our middle aged cat. Our cat is mainly indoors and tends to sleep by the patio door at night. I noticed every night the same fox seemed to stare at our sleeping cat through the patio door, waiting for an opportunity to attack. My suspicions were confirmed as one morning we left our cat unattended in the garden no less than 5 minutes we heard a huge commotion our garden wall is over 6ft tall but somehow the same fox was trying to get in our garden to attack our cat. I went outside immediately to see what was going on our cat was crouched under a bench whilst the fox was trying to get at it. Subsequently I heard from another neighbour that the same fox had tried to attack their cat also. Our cat only goes outside when we are present as the same fox is still around. I think foxes will attack and kill animals smaller than them if their food source is scarce. After reading all the posts not willing to take the risk .

  136. my 8 year old beutiful bengal cat spirit was found by a neighbour in broad daylight in her garden a few days before christmas fighting for his life. we rushed him to the vet then a veterinary hospital but were unsure what had happened to him. he has since had regulare visits to fitzpatricks referrals where they found bite marks on his body and back of the neck which have been identified as fox bites, he was also found to be covered in saliva. he is making slow but steady progress which will be ongoing for several months now which brings both emotional and finacial pressures. i love all my animals (have a brother for spirit and a small dog,who incidentally has also been attacked on the head by a fox luckily no longterm damage) and want the best life for them but i am scared to allow my other cat out at night or daytime for that matter and neither animal is now happy to go outside to do their business.,and have had to re introduce cat litter boxes. we have had no end of trouble with foxes throughout this summer with noise their smell and destruction and all the council say is they would send someone out to put down a deterrent at my cost but offered no other solution . i purchased the approved deterrent which obviously didnt work. we are a country of animal lovers but when these urban foxes start affecting my animals and my life for that matter something seriously needs to be done. these urban foxes need to be removed professionally

  137. We are a nation of animal lovers thankfully, I love all animals, my pets mostly & I also love foxes ( in the end they have the right to live & try to survive as they only live 2 yrs not more)
    The easiest & best solution is simple leave your cats indoors, all my cats are indoors & happy & safe at least, car accidents are higher threats for cats than foxes are, they get diseases as God knows what they eat & what they step on outside & guys don’t forever there’s a cat killer still roaming since early 2014

  138. Our cat and her two kittens were taken by a fox who stalks the area nightly. The kittens were taken at separate intervals as was the mum. We live outside a town and have a small holding, so foxes are always a threat. I did some research about cats taken by foxes and most played down the risk! Well it has happened to us and I vowed never to get another cat for as long as we live here. Is there anything we can do to rid the threat of this ruthless predator?

  139. I’ve heard so many times over the years vets and fox/wildlife ‘experts’ state that foxes don’t attack or kill cats, that if they do hunt cats then it’s not as a group but on their own and that a cat is particularly adept at scaring off foxes. I used to accept these views as it was always the common view but after witnessing my four month old kitten being carried off in the mouth of a fox I refuse to believe that foxes are not a threat to pet cats and small dogs. A database is all well and good but how many vets are actually going to enter details that they become aware of and how many cat owners are going to report to a vet that their pet was killed by a fox?! The area I live in (Leeds) has huge numbers of urban foxes which in my opinion are out of control.

  140. I think my cat who has lived in peace in our area for 5 years has been attacked by a fox, looks like he has been scruffed and ragged, very nasty looking injuries which are being treated. There are a large number of foxes in my area and I cannot believe it has happened to THE most placid cat ever, he never had a fight with anything.

  141. A complacant attitude to a growing problem. I just witnessed a fox run at full speed to attack our old cat in full daylight sitting on our backdoor step. If I had not stepped out of our door when it was just a few yards awayI have no doubt our cat would have been killed.

  142. im so glad i came across this site and read all these comments , i had 2 gawges boys big flufffy cuddly loveable cats sadly one went missing over a year ago now so so devastated as you can imagine his brother misses him im sure πŸ™ i hate to think it could have been foxes that got him but we do have alot of foxes here i head counted 8 one morning !!!! i did get another cat to help with the loss of gawges boy but having to kep them indoor cats as he was almost got by a fox just yesterday morning around 9am it dont matter what time of day it is there there prowling and waiting !!! so im sure now that the foxes that have mated here now have babys so are on the look out for food even more so !!! now after reading all the feedback here im most definitely keeping my 2 boys in thats for sure even in the day time !!! as much as i love wildlife these foxes are growing in numbers rapidly in local neighbor hoods !!! keep ya pets safe people

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