posted by August 27 at 10:20 AMon
“Missing Cat” signs have been going up all over my neighborhood—and then about two weeks ago someone posted a sign warning cat owners that coyotes were on the loose. And coyotes, it seems, have a taste for house cats. “Keep your cats indoors at night!” the new signs warned.
Well, someone on my block didn’t heed that warning. Last Thursday the rear end of a neighbor’s cat was discovered in front of one house; the cat’s head was discovered on across the street. Most of the middle of the cat was missing and presumed eaten. By coyotes. Who have a taste for house cats. Particularly de-clawed cats that can’t really defend themselves.
So, like, I guess we better keep your cats indoors.
Finding that cat smeared all over the street was a sad, spooky, gory discovery—and, of course, a thoroughly natural one. Cats—and their owners—are used to cats sitting at the top of the urban food chain, the top predator in city neighborhoods. But that’s changing, it seems, and that’s good news for birds. House cats that are allowed to roam free kill hundreds of millions of birds every year. Folks that give a shit about birds have been asking cat owners to keep their pets indoors for years, to little effect. An assist from coyotes may finally do the trick.