Coyotes can menace neighborhoods and snatch a cat or small dog in a matter of seconds and that’s almost what happened to a cat named Kitty in a Seminole, Fla. neighborhood last week.
Kitty might have been a goner when a band of wild coyotes picked her up and started flinging her around by her neck and tail, if it wasn't for her canine “brother,” Jack, a Pit Bull and Kitty’s best friend.
Kitty and Jack, who are rescues, live together for now while Jack’s dad, Peter, is stationed in Afghanistan.
Last week, Kitty went outside in her yard and two coyotes nabbed her. "As I was walking to the door, I could see the coyotes over here," Sherree Lewis, Peter’s mom who is keeping Jack for him, told MyFox 13 Tampa. “One had her by the neck and the other had her by the tail."
Jack rushed the coyotes and got them to drop Kitty. Lewis rushed her to the vet, where she was treated for a broken tooth and brain swelling.
She still cannot walk, but Lewis says Kitty is improving.
"He probably feels like he's the caretaker. He checks on her every day and sniffs her, seeing what kind of shape she is in," says Lewis.
Incidents of another cat gone missing, as well as a small dog in the neighborhood now make sense to Lewis and the rest of her neighbors, who have called a trapper to see if they can rid the neighborhood of the predators.
As for Jack, he’s not taking the time to depend on humans; he stands watch every day waiting for the pack to return.
This story had a happy ending for Kitty, but this story also serves as a reminder to keep a watch on your pets from predators such as coyotes, even if you live in the suburbs.
Coyotes have been known to stalk homes and even learn a homeowner’s routine when they let their cats or small dogs outside.
Young coyotes leave their parents during the fall months to learn to hunt on their own, so this is a particularly dangerous time of year and while they may strike at any time, they are most routinely hunting near dusk and dawn.
Editor’s Note: Image of Jack and Kitty from the MyFox 13 Facebook page.
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