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Soren129



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 2:59 pm    Post subject: owls and cats Reply with quote

if i get a owl will it try to eat my cat? :? :?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Possibly... depends on the owl and how hungry it is.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Horned Owls (GHO) will eat cats when they can catch them. GHO can take a fox, duck, cats, small dogs, etc.

I don't think that a Barred Owl would take a cat, but it certainly is capable of taking one.

Kittens on the other hand can easily be taken by a number of owls. If you have a cat, keep it inside. The average cat that goes outside lives 3 years, where indoor cats live an average of 12 years. Now, if you have a larger owl inside, I would keep it away from the cat. The same goes for small dogs such as a poodle.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2006 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely. Owls can be quite voracious. Why, for a while, there was a falcon around my house that ate stray cats! Kestrels may be faster than owls, but when it comes to brute strength, owls surpass them making your kitty an obvious target.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2006 4:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

-nods- Which was why I was terrified when my kitten went missing in the middle of the night. I was concerned that it had gone outside and had been eaten by a GHO. ): Thankfully, he had just been shut in a closet, and is perfectly safe and sound.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would a barn owl take an adult cat? if so then my battle between the two
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Soren129 wrote:
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Would a barn owl take an adult cat?


Barn Owls primary food source is small ground animals, such as, mice, voles, rats, etc. They will from time-to-time take an animal as large as a rabbit. I cannot envision them taking a mature cat, nor have I heard of this happening. They might take a kitten.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

good. that means that when i`m 17 i will have to get a cat Lol
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the other hand, I've heard of GHO taking raccoons and small deer. Was this an exaggeration?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

? dont know
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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On the other hand, I've heard of GHO taking raccoons and small deer. Was this an exaggeration?


Yeah it is an exaggeration if they are talking about adult raccoons and deer. The largest animal that a GHO can catch is a fox. They can take animals that are up to 3 times their weight. A GHO weigh about 4-5 pounds, so the maximum they can take is 12-15 pounds. They could take a baby raccoon. I don't know how much a small fawn weighs, so I cannot say if a GHO could take a small fawn.

Rabbits are the favorite prey of GHO's. They will usually stay away from larger prey, because the risk increases with larger prey. The hunter can become the hunted if the prey discovers the attack.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought it sounded a bit exaggerated, but I wasn't sure. I've only seen owls eat rodents and lizards (via an owlbox webcam).
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i know that GHOs will eat owls... and the bigger owls generally will go after cats i think...
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