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will a fox eat a kitten?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by klf73, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    I got a call from dh this evening. One of the guys at work spotted a fox with a kitten in it's mouth and revved his harley engine and the fox dropped the kitten, then tried stopping to come back to get it but he got in between. Dh says it fits in the palm of his hand and definitely is too young to be without mom. And before you ask, no it isn't a fox kit. Some of the guys at his work were trying to figure out if it was going to eat it or if it was taking care of it and I really have no fox info so I had no idea. anyone know?

    Krista
     
  2. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    yes..they eat cats all the time..a kitten is just easier...[​IMG]..Wendy
     
  3. Linda in San Diego

    Linda in San Diego Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it was going to be supper.
     
  4. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As an appetizer.
     
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    It was a snack.
     
  6. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    cats (and kittens) are prey for mose canines....makes me mad but it's a fact. My husband and I were having a converstation just last night about cats being prey and predators. we are both major cat lovers, so its' really upseting when we hear about these things...however what's more upsetting is when ignorant people are the ones killing them. Animals are just doing what's natural. The fox more than likely already stole other kittens from the litter and kept going back for more...as ofcourse most cats normally have more than one kitten. A fox will take as much as it can and store it away (kill it and burry it) if they don't needit now for eating. Taht kitten was lucky...right? Did you guys take it and try to care for it or did you guys just leave it alone? If so, the fox surely came back and took it [​IMG].
     
  7. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    well, dh wanted to bring it home, but we had agreed no more pets, so he is going to try to get one of the other guys to bring it home. we just can't afford another vet bill right now or risk exposing our cats to something, and unfortunately we would have no where to quarantine [​IMG]
    We already have 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 hampsters, 1 rat, 1 rabbit, 6 kids and probably close to 75+ chicks 13 weeks and under [​IMG] I do feel terrible for saying no though

    Krista
     
  8. monarc23

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    Quote:I hope they do, poor lil kitten poo. Atleast it didn't become fox dinner, however I hope that it doesnt starve to death now without mama. Too bad you guys didnt know where mama was would make it a lot easier on you guys huh!
     
  9. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    The reality is that yes, that kitten was intended to be a snack.

    The other reality is that domesticated cats are an introduced species. Foxes are more than likely native to your area. Mice & birds get eaten by cats, which can be eaten by foxes. Keep cats indoors to protect the area wildlife and to protect the cat.
     
  10. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    It was probably going to be a snack. But who knows. maybe the fox heard the kitten screaming and was going to bring it back to its babies and take care of it. That happens. There was a lion in africa that adopted a baby monkey.
     

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