How do cats and foxes differ?
Do foxes attack cats?
Although foxes are slightly larger than the average cat, foxes stand little chance in fighting a cat. Cats are very nimble, much more aggressive than foxes and also very well armed. A fox knows this and under normal circumstances does not risk confrontation with a cat, but prefers to avoid it. For a fox, physical confrontation with a cat can cause injuries that can seriously threaten its existence. Therefore, foxes do not attack cats, but avoid contact, behave defensively or flee. In England it is even reported that foxes require regular medical treatment in wildlife stations after they have been seriously injured by cats in the settlement area. It has also been reported that cats sometimes ambush and attack foxes in order to defend their territory.
However, it has often been observed that cats and foxes help each other peacefully side by side at a feeding place and simply ignore each other. Real friendships between a cat and a fox have been reported less frequently.
It is extremely rare for foxes to attack or kill cats. Only very young cats or very old, sick or severely weakened cats could be in danger if they encounter a fox. Such cats should not be allowed unattended access anyway, otherwise they can easily become victims of road traffic.
Dead cats (e.g. road traffic victims) can possibly be taken as prey by foxes and can then be found at the burrow. As a food opportunist, the fox only fulfills its important task as a health policeman and carrion remover. A dead cat at a burrow is no proof that the fox killed the cat too ...
(As of: June 16, 2017)
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