Originally Posted by MyHaven
Thanks everyone for your support. I knew I could count on you all. I don't know what could have happened to the chick. It was in the early afternoon while I was home. There were no foreign tracks in the dirt but any there could have been scratched out by the time I found her. It was a little too early to let the big chooks out for free range which is why I hadn't found her sooner. The way she was lying looked like she had been attacked from the other side of the wire.
On the night before last, I left a side door opened on my house and a cat got in and attacked my cat. I was at the vet first thing yesterday morning. She is chomped up a bit. She has lots of puncture wounds. I disturbed the intruder.
When I let the chooks out yesterday, I found scratching/digging attempts under the coop door. Not all the way through. Yes Mr Fox is giving it ago. The council only removed the trap two weeks ago. I haven't yet been able to try the climbing deterant that I learned. That will have to be prioritised. I'll also do a seperate post with details of that.
Maybe it was a fox that chomped my cat? Inside the house would be a stretch. But fox or cat could have followed her in if she'd taken advantage of an open door.
I don't think it was a fox that got the chick.
Ferrets - sorry, I hate anything ferrel running in our bush.
Beautiful eagle shots. Magnificent birds.
MyHaven .... have to agree with Teila that you might have double trouble around there - foxes - - - and feral cats, which can grow mighty large.
I doubt a fox would ever enter a house to beat up a cat, with all those human smells around in the house. A large male feral tom cat might though.
I hope anti-biotics will fix all the bacteria that can occur in puncture wounds on a cat ( or anything ). And I trust your lovely cat recovers well. I am sure she will, with the vet. intervention you immediately sought.
Abcesses can form quickly from puncture wounds ( teeth in particular ) .... in cat attacks. And maybe your little girl cat was too overwhelmed to fight back, or did not have the size or 'feral' instinct, to do so.
My only advice ( which doesn't sit well with a lot of people ) ... is - - - lock all your precious animals / birds up at night, with no exception. Manually let them out to toilet or scratch around, in the a.m. but ( if possible ) not too early. Foxes don't mind the dawning of a new day, and will continue a hunt if they are hungry enough - into the daytime. Mentioned a while back, of a friend who lost her Siamese cat to a fox, at midday - which she saw happen. Grief stricken she was, and in shock.
We can't be held to ransom by foxes though, so we can only all do the best we can for our furry and feathered loved ones.
And as you have said again, that you have snakes as well, it's still my bet it was possibly a small snake that bit your chick, injecting its' poison. Rats also dig like crazy - large holes to get into wherever they want ... and they also chew chunks away on wooden doors ( I discovered ) to gain entry to chook food. A large rat might also kill a small chicken, but how through small wire, I cannot imagine.
Edited by Anniebee - 4/6/16 at 5:25am