Your cat may be fierce, but he needs your protection.
Watching your house cat's natural instincts take over as they stalk a squirrel in your backyard or chatter excitedly at the birds outside the window is always fun. But, unfortunately, your cat isn't on top of the food chain.
Large birds of prey, like hawks, falcons, and eagles, survive by hunting small mammals. They most often hunt woodland animals like mice and rabbits, but they've also been known to go after slightly larger animals; Cats, and even small dogs, included.
When a woman in Two Harbors, Minnesota saw an eagle perched in the snow, she took out her camera eager to capture the bird's impressive take-off. But when the eagle finally spread its wings, she wasn't expecting to see a cat trapped in its talons.
As humans continue to invade wild animal habitat, these kinds of attacks become more common. Cats are especially at risk, and owners are encouraged to keep their felines indoors. If your cat insists on exploring the outdoors, let them do it safely. Get them a harness and long lead and supervise them at times. You can also help your pet look more intimidating, and less like prey, with a specially-made protective vest.
Eagles and other big birds can spot their prey thousands of feet in the air. They swoop toward Earth with deadly silence to attack with their lethal talons. They're majestic, awe-inspiring examples of the animal kingdom, but they're also dangerous threats to the pets you love.
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This article was originally published March 23, 2018.