Cats v Dogs | I Think the Coyotes Ate My Cat Last Week

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This was going to be a completely different post, but today (Tuesday 7/16), a week after Cosmo took off, he walked up to our side door like nothing happened.  I was absolutely stunned.   The dogs spotted him first, acting uber excited at the door; I peaked out and saw the orange tail disappearing beneath the deck.  A site that I’d been hoping to see for a week.  I’m just stunned, because I truly thought that the coyotes at my cat.

Cosmo Ran Away

Tuesday night, we went to bed not realizing that Cosmo had gotten out of the house.  He’s always trying, but we usually catch him or the dogs herd him back in the house.  He caught us all looking the other way and never came back.  That night, I heard the coyotes for the first time on our property since the run in with Rodrigo.  That run in had redefined our territory and theirs and they stopped hunting on our property and we only say a coyote once during the day.

We’ve looked for Cosmo every morning and every evening; I even did a few middle of the night searches with my headlamp and bat (for monsters).  I even took the dogs around, hoping they’d pick up on a trail – they played a lot.  No Cosmo.  I think the coyotes ate my cat.

We’ve notified our 2 neighbors, I’ve put an add on Craigslist with all the other lost pet ads, and I’ve reached out to the shelter.  I was convinced that our Cosmo was gone, but I was trying to take comfort knowing that he had a good life and he wanted to be an outside cat.  And I hoped that another family found him and took him in, allowing him to go in and out at his leisure.

Cats vs Dogs

A coworker told me that cats have a way of surviving out there.  Many dogs are pretty clueless about surviving on their own, but cats learn faster about their environment.  I don’t know if I believe this; we always hear stories of dogs returning to their families after months and years.  They have stories of cats too.  I think she was just trying to comfort me and, I’ll admit, that it worked for a while.  This morning, I’m convinced that she was 100% right!

This video makes me smile, because cats are so very special.  While Cosmo was away, Jaffrey started interacting more with the dogs (lonely?) and he was getting a lot of attention (guilt?).  But this morning, he was excited to see Cosmo for a few seconds, then not very happy with me when I sprayed them both down with all natural, flea and tick repellent.  I’m currently waiting for the above Four Pawed pet bowl for our kitties and I’m happy that I won’t be sad when it arrives, still mourning the loss of Cosmo.  Instead, it’ll be a celebration.

Was it My Fault?

Which brings me to the guilt and blame.  I knew Cosmo was always trying to get out, why wasn’t I paying attention?  Why didn’t I check the house before we went to bed?  Why did I just assume that he’d come back home or that he was under the house?  Why didn’t I immediately tell my neighbors that he was missing?  Why?  Why?  Why?  I try not to picture what Cosmo is or was going through when he found himself outside of the house.  I imagine initially he was overjoyed with his freedom, but I can’t help but wonder how soon he was terrified, cold, and hungry.

Where the Hell Did He Go?

Now this is the question of the day!  He looks like he was gone for a few hours, not for 7 days.   He’s healthy, hydrated, and clean.  You should have seen him!  I imagined bites, cat fights running for his life, starvation, dehydration.  I called to him, he meowed loudly and clearly (I had imagined that he’d lost his voice and couldn’t call for me), and came to me to be lifted up into my arms.  He leaped out of my arms (just like he always does, no cuddling for Cosmo), allowed me to clean him off, and then grabbed a bite before heading for a nap.

Wow!

Have you lost a cat or had a cat runaway?

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  1. Hi there!
    So glad your Cosmo came home safe and sound from his walk about. One time i brought home a brother and sister from a nearby neighbor. Boy gray striped tabby and girl tortoise shell… Keeper and Nala. Anyway, one afternoon Keeper got out much like your Cosmo. It was winter in Utah…cold, cold, cold. I looked and looked. Christmas eve in the middle of the night I heard his cry at our door. Like you I was thrilled beyond belief to see him. His sister was all over the place. For the rest of the night she continued to try to engage him in play, but all he wanted was to sleep. We love our animals <3

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  2. I am so glad that Cosmo came back safe and sound. I agree with your neighbor cats and dogs have a way of surviving and an instinct. A long time ago i had an apartment and my dog was always trying to get out. I hadn’t had her for long but she was always trying to run away. So one day she got out and i didn’t go chase her down. I said if she wants to leave she can leave. I was a bit worried that she would get hit by a car living in an apt complex. But no about 4 hours later there she was scratching at the door. So they can survive outside and remember where their home is.
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    • I know. Isn’t it awesome? We’ve been quoting from it all week. Last night I was brushing Jaffrey and I was waiting for him to get tired of it and just swat me. By the way, I added your blog as a reference over on my other blog, Raw Dog Food Reviews. I just love that you share what you feed your dogs.
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  3. I’m sure Cosmo had a nice vacay. Cats do have an interesting way of making it back home and they’re pretty crafty so I believe your coworker! ;0)

    I posted on your G+ page but my cat was gone for four days after my roommates threw a party and left the door open…which I’d specifically asked them not to do (people tend to forget instructions when drunk). She came back all sandy like she’d been on a beach vacation. No scratches, no fear, just jumped back in through the window that I’d left open straight for four days in hopes of her return.

    I experienced the guilt too – I knew they were having a party! Why did I leave him here when I myself didn’t want to be in the house?! I moved out very shortly after Taiko’s return so we never had to go through that ordeal again.

    Anywho, really happy to hear that Cosmo’s back and he’s still himself!
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    • Yeah, thanks for the note. What you shared combined with notes from others kept me from just being a weepy mess all week, because I always had hope. I just pictured him checking out the property and hiding when he heard the coyotes. I’m not ready to allow him to be an outside cat, although we considered it when he came back. I can’t tell you how excited I get whenever I look at him – he’s so independent – not cuddling, doesn’t like to be picked up – but he’s family and we love him.
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    • We considered allowing Cosmo to be an inside/outside cat since he wants to be outside, but he hasn’t gone near the doors since he came home. I think he’s had his fill of being outdoors. I can’t imagine how stressful it was hiding from the coyotes. I’m so glad that he’s crafty. A few people kept telling me that cats can be very crafty and not to worry; looks like they were right. I have to admit that I’m relieved that he doesn’t want to be outside :)
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  4. Don’t mean to be “Debbie Downer” but you are truly lucky. Depending on where you live and if in fact there ARE coyotes there, NO, cats (and dogs) do NOT have a way of surviving.
    When I first read the headline of this post, my heart went to my throat. I had a dear friend that had a cat that WAS killed by a Coyote……..so this is a serious matter.
    Glad Cosmo came home to you safe and sound, you are lucky.
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    • You’re not a Debbie Downer. The title of the post was spot on. The original post was my way of accepting that our cat was gone. Coyotes haven’t been noticeably on our property for months, but this past week, they’ve been around nightly and stopped coming around when Cosmo came home. I know exactly how lucky I am; and I thank God every time I look at my adorable kitty. I wasn’t trying to downplay the seriousness of coyotes, I was just sharing my own experience. I pretty much wrote Cosmo off on day 5, on day 7, he walks up to the door like he was only out for a couple hours.
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  5. My cat bro Bert is always trying to sneak out and Mom has to chase him down. We fear someday he may succeed in escaping. Our cat Tom from Germany was an indoor/outdoor cat. He moved to the US with us and enjoyed hanging out in the yard, once a month he might stay out all night but he was always around our house. One night he was sitting on the deck looking at Mom through the window around 7pm, that is the last time she saw him. He did not come home that night, he wasn’t sleeping under the grill in the morning where he always slept. We walked for hours and days looking for him and never saw him again. It still bothers Mom 5 yrs later. We did our best but he had to be outside or he became destructive. He was adopted from a rescue in Germany and we don’t know what his past was but it is awful to never know what happened to him.
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    • That was troubling me too; the not knowing. We live in a rural area so I didn’t know if he had been killed, taken in, or if he left to die. I’m thankful that he came back; I’m curious to know where he went, but I’m happy not knowing that part, because we have him back. Thanks for sharing your story; you just gave me one more thing to appreciate and that feels amazing!
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  6. What a terrifying experience! Another of the joys of country living, although coyotes are common in the burbs as well. My daughter has lost 2 cats, probably to coyotes, one in a subdivision here in Austin and another in a subdivision in Southern California, both on streets near open land. Here in the country outside Austin one morning Dakota the Corgi was barking up a storm, not her “Squirrel!!!” bark, but a much more business-like one. I went out front and there was a coyote on the other side of the 4 ft. chain link fence. It could have easily jumped over. I went out and yelled and waved my arms and made a lot of noise and it took off. I haven’t seen one since, but we hear them howling and it sounds like it’s nearby. Pretty scary. Our cat is black and white so has no camo at all…I wanted her to be an indoor cat but she figured out the doggie door and she comes and goes at will. Frankly, I worry more about big loose dogs in the neighborhood than I do coyotes.
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    • It was so upsetting. So glad that we’re past it and I hope that Cosmo doesn’t have any lingering effects. We usually don’t see coyotes, but we hear them. I met a woman who loves the sound of coyotes – I didn’t love it this past week.
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  7. Don’t blame yourself. Stuff happens. Thank goodness he’s okay. Do you consider it that he ‘ran away’? People say that a lot when they have a pet disappear, but it sounds terrible – like a desperate teenager running from a dysfunctional home. Cosmo didn’t run away – well, maybe technically he did run for a bit, but just for fun. He went on an adventure, lost track of time, possibly got a little lost after following some interesting scent or chasing a rodent. If only he could talk. :)
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  8. I found your page while googling for info on cats and coyotes. My cat has been MIA since Friday night. My husband let him out after getting fed up with his incessant crying to be let out. I could punch him. Leo is a house cat who has had a few small tastes of freedom. Those few times he snuck out he always came home to us a few hours later. This time I fear the coyotes got him. Like you, I have been trying to think positive–hoping a neighbor on the other side of town took him in. But this evening as I was washing my face before bedtime I heard them–the yipping and howling. I’m crying and envisioning the fear and pain he might have endured as they closed in on him. He’s the best cat ever and I miss him terribly. I hope our lost cat story ends as happily as yours did, but if my feeling is right and the coyotes did get him I hope he knows how much we all loved him. To this day, he’s the only cat I have ever met who would literally jump into my arms, wrap his front legs around my neck and give me a hug.

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    • Oh Janet – I am so sorry. I hope that you have the same outcome that I had. The coyotes were around our property daily every night that he was gone, but he came home and he looked like he’d only been away for a couple of hours. I know some people think that cats have no way of surviving, because they’re domesticated, but I don’t think this is always the case. Jaffrey got out a year ago and hid in a bush all night next to the house. Cosmo was away for 7 days and was just fine.

      I hope that your cat has the same experience. And don’t be too hard on your husband; he couldn’t have known that this would happen and is probably kicking himself.

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    • Hi, Janet. Like you I found this site googling coyotes and missing cats. I too have a MIA cat and fear the coyotes got her. She’s a 14-year-old tabby that I adopted from a shelter when she was 7mos. She’s mainly been an indoor cat, but like your kitty, she was constantly maneuvering herself to escape a slightly opened door. Thus what happened to me last night when I came home from work. I was met with a massive amount of ants in my kitchen when I walked in so my attention was diverted from the kitchen door. When I turned around it was too late…Buttercup was gone. I have searched on foot and in car and asked neighbors and contacted the local animal shelters to no avail. I live in a rural town in southern CA and is known for coyotes. I’ve even seen a couple since I’ve lived her in the last year. I’m so devastated thinking about her demise by these horrid creatures. But I also understand the circle of life. I’m also hoping that my story will end like Kimberly’s with Cosmo. Kitty’s definitely have resilience, so I’m hoping Buttercup is with someone, or is hiding out until the coast is clear. Maybe she decided she’s gonna have one last hurrah while she can before she’s too old. I dunno. But it’s keeping me holding on without losing it. I’ve cried a bazillion tears today though. She’s a sweet kitty and her only bad habits are quite clingy, whining to get out sometimes and scratching my recliner. Other than that she’s been a really good cat. I miss her ‘talking’ already. She loved to chirp at us when you talked to her. :( I wish you only the best and that your kitty comes home too!

      Kimberly – I am sooooo happy Cosmo came home to you. He must’ve worked hard to do that. :) Love on him & squeeze him if he lets you. You’re one of the lucky ones indeed.

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