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Old 11-27-2007, 11:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Our 2nd cat disappeared mysteriously this evening. She was just hanging around outside the open garage door about 6pm this evening Iit was dark) and we were there too in the garage. Then a few minutes later we could not find her and she would not come with the sound of a food can opening (never happened before).

I heard a owl a short time later. We have great Horned owls here and I hear them frequently. Will a Great Horned owl take a cat? She is 5 years old and weighs about 13lbs.?

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Old 11-28-2007, 12:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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On this site I found this about these owls:

An extremely wide range of prey species (at least 253 identified) are captured, but rabbits and hares are its preferred prey. Mammalian prey includes all coexisting rodents, squirrels, mink, skunks, raccoons, armadillos, porcupines, domestic cats and dogs, shrews, moles, muskrats, and bats.


I hope your cat is just on a long stroll, and that an owl did not get her
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Old 11-28-2007, 12:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh, I hope your kitty is alright! 13 pounds seems a little large for an owl to carry off, and so close to your home...

I have wanted to make an outdoor cat run so the kitties could enjoy fresh air and sunshine at their whim. I have considered building it with overhead protection because we have owls, hawks and buzzards that I would be afraid could take a kitty if it were out in the open.
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A few weeks ago Arianwen didn't want to go walking in the forest, and acted like she was afraid to go. I wondered why until I saw a very large owl gliding among the trees. My sweet little tiger is one smart kitteh!
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Old 11-28-2007, 09:07 AM   #5 (permalink)
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An owl has taken dogs ~poodle size~ where I lived. So Im sure they would go after a cat also.
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I recently had one swoop down and snag a squirrel out of a tree as I was driving up the hill to my house. Out of the corner of my eye, I thought it was an airplane coming through the trees

What amazing creatures they are!
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Yes, these owls definitely will go after a cat if they can... as someone else mentioned, great horneds will eat skunks which weigh up to 14 lbs, and hares, which are quite big also. My boyfriend's parents used to live in southern Alberta, and people were told to keep all small dogs, cats and toddlers indoors between dawn and dusk. It wasn't uncommon to find dog and cat remains in owl nests.

Hopefully your kitty is okay! Cats are pretty sneaky too, if she was near your house it would probably have been harder for the owl to get at her. Maybe she was spooked by the owl and will come around soon! Have you gone around to look in hiding places where she might be?
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Our 2nd cat disappeared mysteriously this evening. She was just hanging around outside the open garage door about 6pm this evening Iit was dark) and we were there too in the garage. Then a few minutes later we could not find her and she would not come with the sound of a food can opening (never happened before).

I heard a owl a short time later. We have great Horned owls here and I hear them frequently. Will a Great Horned owl take a cat? She is 5 years old and weighs about 13lbs.?

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Old 12-01-2007, 08:56 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Geez, I never knew owls could be so dangerous to cats!! Scary!

Any luck on finding your kitty?
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Old 12-01-2007, 11:34 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm hoping for the best for your kitty. There is a woods behind our house, but I have never seen an owl in the wild.

She might be frightened and hiding. There are suggestions for finding a lost pet here:

http://www.catforum.com/viewforum.php?f=26

I so hope she's all right.
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