Should I be afraid of urban foxes?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
4941 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Rachel631:  I don’t think you have much to worry about. Foxes are pretty timid animals by nature and even if they’re growling at you, they’d probably dart if you ever made a move. 


Here’s a website link that shows you some humane ways to deter them from your yard. I hope that it helps! And please, don’t resort to guns! Air, BB, or otherwise. 

Side note: Maine coons are probably the sweetest cat breed you’ll come across. We have one and everyone I know that has one says theirs is totally loving and gentle like ours. They’re just a little bit larger 😉

Post # 6
7025 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Rachel631:  I would disable the cat flap at night. Personally I don’t like them being used 24/7, because I believe cats should stay inside at night.

I can’t believe they’d attack a person unless cornered, but it’s possible they could harm pets or make a mess stealing food or garbage.

p.s. Why can’t you use sprinklers? Yeah your cats will get a bit wet but they’ll get over it. (And I’m saying that as a cat owner).

Post # 7
5207 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Rachel631:  Hmmm, that’s interesting. In my experience foxes are among the most timid animals you can encounter. The ones in my area are about the size of a large house cat and only come out at night. They run away at the slightest noise. 

Post # 10
7025 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Rachel631:  As an aside, your fears as a student were valid. I’ve heard a few horror stories on the news about people being trapped inside during fires, by their own locks. That is why we always set our locks so an adult or older child can get out the front door without a key (and anyone, even our children when they were young, can get out the back door without a key).

As for nocturnal cats… maybe it’s ok in the UK. In Australia I’ve always been told it’s a big no-no because cats aren’t native and hunt the wildlife (that said, I can’t remember any of my cats catching a bird at night; only mice or rats and they’re not native either). With the microchip enabling, I’m pretty sure your cat door is secure from foxes and you’re just being irrational 🙂

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