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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Do hawks hunt cats?

Hawks are in the area. Should I be worried about my cat? It's absolutely stunning to see these birds perched, waiting on a meal. Is it wrong to leave out some food for them? It just breaks my heart to see them eat the chipmunks and smaller birds.
Raptors hunt a variety of prey, including rodents, birds, rabbits, snakes, and insects. Large raptors, such as Red-tailed Hawks and Great Horned Owls, can attack small pets. But can they and will they are two different things. There is something in the walk of a cat that doesn’t say prey. But if a bird is desperate to feed young ones in the spring, and the size cat is similar to or not much larger than naturally occurring raptor prey, there is a slight risk.

We recommend that for animals less than 15 pounds, that you supervise all of their outdoor activities. And there are also several good reasons to just keep cats indoors. Outdoor cats are threatened by fleas, ticks, disease, vehicles, and harassment from larger animals. These threats are a much greater risk than raptors. For more information on this subject please visit the American Bird Conservancy/Cats Indoors Program.

In the fall it's very possible you'll see more hawks up close and personal as young raptors disperse from their parents and older birds shift to their wintering grounds. I don't recommend trying to feed hawks. If you want to bring some roadkill off the streets and set up a camera for viewing you could, but I would just let the hawks do their thing.

Related Articles:
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Can You Scare a Hawk Away? http://bit.ly/w3vz5B
Small birds attack hawk http://bit.ly/sH68yB
Frozen Woodpecker http://bit.ly/ubSCTR
Is it safe to feed the birds out in the open? http://bit.ly/rBErxI 

Do you think the hawk would like to eat my tofu? http:/hawk-would-like-to-eat.html

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