Feral (SP?) cats a threat?

HenNewbie

In the Brooder
10 Years
May 3, 2009
55
0
39
Dayton, Or
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.
 

chickencoop31320

Have bator, will hatch
11 Years
Sep 24, 2008
1,168
2
159
Southeast Georgia
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.
 

jjthink

Crowing
13 Years
Jan 17, 2007
4,623
44
274
New Jersey
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
 

SarahFair

Songster
11 Years
Sep 23, 2008
3,696
28
209
Monroe, Ga
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


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

Songster
11 Years
Apr 22, 2008
316
1
139
SW FL
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
 

CMV

Flock Mistress
10 Years
Apr 15, 2009
6,770
171
281
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.
 

will hunt for food

Songster
10 Years
Feb 17, 2009
249
7
124
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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Vanessabuffsnsilkies

Songster
10 Years
May 26, 2009
738
7
143
NE Ohio
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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