CAUGHT BY CATS

 

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CAT PREDATION INJURIES TO NATIVE WILDLIFE

Most of these were fatal to the animal.

 

Newborn Grey Squirrel.  Cat puncture bites on back and base of tail.  He died. 

He didn't stand a chance.

 

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit. Bite from cat punctured his heart the other went through his jaw.

Imagine the pain it was in?

Did he deserve to die like this??

 

 

American Goldfinch fledgling. Cat caught. Right wing fractured at elbow joint, where a cat had it in its mouth and carried it home.  This songbird had to be euthanized. Its eyes are glazed and swollen likely from infection caused by the bacteria in the cat's mouth.  

 

Newborn Eastern Grey Squirrel after a cat got through using it's claws to flip it up in the air.  It died within an hour of our receiving it into care.  The shock alone was enough to terminate it's life.

 

 

Juvenile Virginia Opossum.  Degloved (skin torn off) by a cat in a fight for food. Horrific injury.  After nearly six months of painful treatment she was finally healed enough to be released.  Six months is one fourth of an opossums'' life span in the wild! 

 

Two American Robin fledglings - on the ground learning to fly.  Until the neighbourhood cat got them that is.  The robin on the right had both wings fractured, and the robin on the left had puncture wounds through his chest wall.  They were mercifully euthanized.  The finder decided to keep them for a few days and fed them bread soaked in milk.  The cat is still roaming the neighbourhood. 

 

   

 

We will continue to add photos to this page to document the damage that cats do to wildlife.  The above photos are just a small sample.  Many of our earlier photos were from a Polaroid camera, degraded over time, they aren't suitable for scanning into digital images.  With the advent of digital cameras, we have the ability to better document this carnage.  

 

 


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Updated: 07 Mar 2012 11:08 PM