Feral (SP?) cats a threat?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by HenNewbie, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. HenNewbie

    HenNewbie In the Brooder

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    Are the hundreds (small exaggeration) of stray, homeless cats going to be a threat to my currently 7 wk old girls? They are going into their newly built coop/tractor hopefully tomorrow.
     
  2. farmerlor

    farmerlor Songster

    Cats are certainly capable of taking down a seven week old chick but I've got feral cats who are terrified of my chickens.
     
  3. chickencoop31320

    chickencoop31320 Have bator, will hatch

    Sep 24, 2008
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    We sort of "adopted" a stray cat recently. I won't allow it in the house (we already have a house cat) but we're feeding it outside. It's not feral or wild by any means, but I do not trust it.
    A cat IS a PREDATOR. It's as simple as that.
     
  4. I have a feral/stray cat who hangs around. He does not bother the chicks/chickens/ducks at all.
     
  5. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

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    Most cats (there are exceptions) will not bother full grown chickens but I would not allow their access to young/small ones. My ferals (whom I spay/neuter, feed, work on taming and eventually find good homes for) and tame kitties have all either been in love with or terrified of my chickens. None have ever done harm but I have always had adult birds.
    JJ
     
  6. SarahFair

    SarahFair Songster

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    The neighbors cat attacked my bunny then turned and attacked ME. Poor Elvis got sicker and sicker and a week later passed all from a few scratches.. I even had him checked out and given antibodies

    The same cat, the SAME day, returned TWICE..
    Once after getting gravel thrown at its face another getting a 6 inch sawed fence post getting beemed at it
    STALKING my FULL GROWN chickens

    So, yes, a threat.
    But youll have to excuse me. I just have a HUGE dislike for cats [​IMG]

    If you say there are so many there is probly food running out so they will come looking..
     
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  7. Swamp Roo

    Swamp Roo Songster

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    Yup, they will pull their heads thought the fence and then eat them off. Been there done that. Ferals get a dirt nap if the so much as look at the chickens funny. I hate doing it, but there is a line in the sand on that one.

    Swamp
     
  8. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    If there are as many cats as you say, then my guess would be YES they are going to be a problem. Feral cats can be vicious especially if they are trying to feed kittens. Lots of cats will rapidly decimate the prey population, and then your chickens are the prey. Invest in a live-trap and turn them over to your local humane society. Hopefully you don't live in one of those area where they just spay/neuter them and release them back into the wild.
     
  9. will hunt for food

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    Live trap them, then kill them. No need to burden (time and cost) the humane society with an animal that will not get adopted because of it's temperament. They will kill songbirds around your feeders too. There is not a niche for ferral cats in the wild.
     
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  10. Vanessabuffsnsilkies

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    I have 2 cats (young one and an old one) the old one doesn't seem to pay much attention to the chicks. The young one seems fascinated with them...and I just caught him inside their little yard. My husband "shushed" his little butt outta there and I went out and brought him in. He was hanging around and everytime he would get to close to them I would throw things at him and make alot of noise to run him off. When he was in the enclosure he was laying on top of a dog house watching them. I've been trying to just keep him in the house while they are out there. Hopefully it will get to the point that they're not so fascinating to him anymore...
     

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