Coyotes Killing Cats

I know what it’s like to lose a pet. It’s heartbreaking. They are a part of your family, and the loss is felt keenly.

But.

Pets are also your responsibility. If your Pitt Bull is running around loose and bites a someone, that’s on you. If your boa constrictor gets loose and swallows the neighbor’s poodle, that’s on you. If your cat is allowed to roam free and gets killed by a coyote, that’s also on you. That coyote is only doing what coyotes do. (And your cat was probably killing songbirds anyway. It’s a cat.) Keep your cat inside and coyotes won’t be an issue.

I get so frustrated when people complain about coyotes. “Coyotes Killing Cats” is a frequent topic on my local Nextdoor.com page. It’s the coyotes’ territory as much as it is ours. They have every bit as much right to survive as we do. It would be great if they could live far away from people and feed on things that we are not emotionally attached to, but we’ve made it all but impossible for them to do that.

When people’s pets start disappearing, there’s always a call to kill the coyotes. It makes me sick. If you allow your pets to roam free, you need to be willing to live with the consequences.

I can hear the coyotes howling in the park behind my house on many nights. I think it’s a lovely sound. And I never let my dachshund outside from dusk to dawn without supervision, even if our yard is fenced, and I’ve never seen a coyote inside that fence. Because that’s what a responsible pet owner should do.

Coyote

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4 thoughts on “Coyotes Killing Cats

  1. Angiportus Librarysaver

    I used to work in the industrial section of north Kent, and we went thru 3 office cats in 10 years, because the people kept letting them out and they kept disappearing. I don’t know if it was coyotes, dogs, cars or very hungry people, but you’d think my coworkers would have learned after the 1st one. Idiots! I’ve got a cousin who is smarter. She never lets them out except on a leash.
    Long ago I decided I’d have no animate dependents. But if I was rich enough to have a kitty I’d make sure it stayed where it was safe.

  2. Lyn

    When I lived on the outskirts of a town the coyotes nightly howling thrilled me. Now I live within a city and when they come down from the developing surrounding hills, their desperate frenzied cries break my heart. There’s no where left for them to go.

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