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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Animals that attack cats.... watch out!


Dear George,
I was away at my cottage (for a short vacation) and I had to stay indoors most of the time because it was raining almost every day! However, one day, when I was allowed out, I had so much fun with a duck on the lake that I immediately wanted to adopt him. Of course -- my housekeepers thought differently.
I know my humans respect my royal demands but I think they need some "professional" help, as they tend to worry too much
over everything concerning me! Rain is just one example of how my housekeepers' brain (so called) function. If it is raining... I might get wet. So what? If it is sunny and dry... I might venture too far from the cottage and some wild animals might get me! Blah!
So I was confined to watching from the cottage window all the squirrels, birds, mice and other exciting creatures! I also did a bit of research and I came across this list of the top ten animals that can harm us cats. Hmmm! Maybe my humans are right (uh! I hope I don't have to apologize to them). I know Oscar and Minnie are our big hunters bringing home snakes, mice, birds etc. And I read that Minnie is willing to put up a fight to protect her territory, so I thought I ought to share this list of dangerous animals with you all.
The top ten dangerous animals are 1: Snake. 2: Coyote. 3: Raccoon. 4:Squirrel. 5: Scorpion. 6: Javelina. 7: Porcupine. 8: Ground hog. 9: Skunk. 10: Rat. This comes from http://blogs.catster.com/the-cats-meow-a-cat-and-kitten-blog/top-
ten-wild-animals-that-attack-house-pets/2009/07/26 It's based on a list from Veterinary Pet Insurance in Canada - or perhaps in the USA.
Scary, huh? And what is a Javelina? What's your take on this, George.
Just curious,
Sir Winston.

Dear Sir Winston,
A javelina is a kind of pig. Here's a photo. W
e don't have them in the UK. Indeed we don't have raccoons or scorpions or porcupines and I am not even sure what ground hog is! Except that there is Ground Hog Day movie.
Our dangerous animals in the UK would be foxes, badgers, and perhaps ferrets or polecats. Foxes definitely attack young, elderly or vulnerable cats. They would finish off any cat that was already wounded in a traffic accident, but usually will leave alone a strong healthy cat that looks as if it would put up a fight. Badgers would do the same but as they are slow moving it is unlikely they would get near enough to do any damage. Ferrets and polecats might attack too.
However the greatest danger to cats in the UK and worldwide are humans. Feral humans who shoot stray cats. Uncaring humans who trap or poison them as pests. Disgusting humans who think it is fun to train their dogs to chase cats. Cruel humans who catch up cats and skin them alive for their skins. Feral young humans, usually male, who torture them on bonfire night.
Then there is the slaughter of cats by drivers - some people say as many as 1 in 4 cats that are allowed out at night will be run over. The lights dazzle their eyes and they make a dash across the road in front of the vehicle. And finally there are the dog fighting community who train their dogs by throwing in living cats.
Some humans say of these cat-killing humans: "They are animals." They are not. They are far worse than any decent animal.
What is the most destructive species in the world? Homo sapiens.
Love George
I love going hunting on a moonlit night but my human keeps me in after dark.

13 comments:

  1. Well George, a ground hog is a "little furry thing" that comes out "from" the Earth on Ground Hog Day :-)
    Seriously! It looks like a hamster only bigger! People are silly trying to get him out of his hole on that day in February to see if "he" can see his shadow! The truth is that probably "the poor thing" is too scared to see anything anyway. How can he foretell when spring is coming? People like to make up stories.
    Love
    Fluffy

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  2. George, I totally agree with you that
    humans can be the most destructive and evil among all creatures.
    My humans agree too. They get really upset when they hear about tortured, abandoned, abused animals. They try to educate people to respect animals and they are members of quite a few "animal rights" groups.
    Hugs
    Cayenne

    PS. They are vegetarians too (which I don't like, but at least they give us meat) :-)

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  3. Sir WinstonAugust 22, 2009

    Thanks George for posting a Javelina's picture. I'm glad I've never seen or met one before!
    I like better the ducks :-)
    Sir Winston

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  4. Thanks to George and Sir Winston for the list. I put up a fight and I got a bit hurt (a puncture on my back), so yes....I got to the vet again!
    I'll be more careful now that I know what can hurt me :-)
    Love
    Minnie

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  5. Most people are so sick!
    I don't trust any!
    Sebastian

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  6. Sir WinstonAugust 22, 2009

    George, the insurance company is from the States. I don't think is any in Canada.
    Sir Winston

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  7. My humans tend to over protect me. They won't let me out in the rain and how they won't let me out at night. They think just because I got in a fight and had to go to the vet. I agree human are our biggest enemy.

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  8. There is also the danger of birds of prey. In the UK, red kites and golden eagles, and perhaps even buzzards might take kittens or already-wounded cats.
    Rocky

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  9. Javelina--never seen those here in Texas. I know we have scorpions-not seen those in our house tho. Sometimes the humans are right about things---sometimes..

    This is my first time here--and I will be back! Love your photos.

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  10. Dear Sir Winston,

    In the area where I live, there are a number of large birds such as hawks, and a few turkey buzzards. Turkey buzzards, feeding on carrion, are not really much of a problem, but the hawks are snotty creatures, gliding about just out of reach and yet looking so very, very tasty while they do so. The nerve!

    Sometimes my human gives me supervised outdoor time, on a harness, because of my unfortunate declawed status. She feels, dimly, that it is not fair that I don't get to roam about the garden, and she is quite correct--but must it be at the end of a pink harness? Mortifying, I tell you. Anyway, recently we were out examining a hedge, when suddenly a large shadow swooped overhead, and then swooped overhead again. I was being stalked by a hawk, and a big, juicy-looking one at that. My human snatched me off the ground and made a run for the house. I, on the other paw, felt at the time that I should have been given a chance to take a fair crack at the hawk, although after calm consideration, it might have ended in tears. Still, defenseless cats should be supervised in territory with such predators, I suppose. I would appreciate a harness that was a bit less tacky, though. Pink! Honestly.

    Sartorially yours,
    Puss-Puss.

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  11. Sir WinstonAugust 24, 2009

    Dear Puss-Puss,
    I understand and share your feelings; unfortunately I was declawed too!
    Even if I don't particularly like being on a harness...sometimes it can save our lives. Oh! my dear, what a scare...that big hawk. Kudos to your human! May be we should match our harnesses...you on a "rose lavete" (the soft pink that only Princesses wear) and me on a "blue royale" (of course, fit for my status). Shall we take a picture?:-)
    Your humble servant,
    Sir Winston

    PS. Oh! Puss-Puss...you make my heart beat faster!

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  12. I still think the most dangerous animal cats should look out for is humans. I like the Javelina, it looks quite tasty.

    In the UK there are some Eagle Owls which have taken up residency in the north. No one knows if the owls flew in or were let loose by irresponsible owners. These owls are big enough to carry off even a hefty cat. So watch out UK cats for GIANT OWLS ARGHHHH!

    W. Wuudler
    Hiding under a bush.

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