|Coyote- file photo|
I have noticed a number of posters about lost cats in Longmeadow. I would strongly urge all residents to keep their cats inside. No matter how much a house cat would love to be an indoor/outdoor cat, you are risking not seeing the animal again if a coyote finds it. Coyotes are adept predators. Over the years, I have taken one stray to the vet for puncture wounds (along both sides of the spine of the cat) that appeared to be cause by a predator biting the cat (he recovered), and one other stray that simply disappeared. These are strays that live most of their lives outside and are experienced with other wildlife. An indoor/outdoor cat doesn’t stand a chance against a coyote.
I’m hoping your forum could get the word out to the residents. It is heartbreaking to lose a pet, and probably worse to have one just disappear without ever knowing what happened. We might live in a suburb, but we share our suburban neighborhood with plenty of predators too.
Also, it is a good idea for residents to be aware of the threat of coyotes. They are present in our neighborhoods, so making sure children are taught not to approach an animal (which looks a lot like a dog), and be aware when out walking by themselves or with their dogs is probably a good idea.
Thanks for your time.
Mary K. Lewonchuk