These wild animals prey on small birds and mammals in order to survive. It would be extremely unrealistic to expect them to be able to make a distinction between a person’s pet and any other small bird or mammal they come across.
Be that as it may, it is devastating to lose a beloved pet, and wild animals are often vilified as a result of pet predation. This usually leads to the killing of the suspected wild offender. As you can see, when pets are allowed to roam freely unsupervised, even in urban and suburban areas as wild animals are all around us, both the pet and the wild animal lose in the end.
What can you do?
The following tips will help you keep both your pets and wildlife safe:
- Turn your outdoor cat into an indoor cat, or build an enclosure so your cat can safely be outside.
- Do not put bird feeders in your yard if you have free roaming cats on your property.
- When outside of a fenced yard or dog park, keep dogs on leash, or under close supervision.
- Feed pets inside, or if feeding outside, remove leftover food as soon as the pet has finished eating.
- Make sure that all outdoor caging for animals such as rabbits, chickens, and other pets, is secure against predators.