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Cats vs Dogs | Deer, Coyotes, and Sarcastic Fur Moms, Oh My

Cats vs Dogs | When the Threat of Coyotes inspires Sarcasm in Mother

Last week we were shocked awake by the most horrible sound on the planet.  Coyotes.  These creatures are worst than the three heathens that lick and drool on us after they devour our food.  No, I am not exagerating.

Coyotes will do all of the above and then eat us too.  So when they announced their presence on our property, Cosmo and I took cover beneath the bed while Mother bolted down the hall, down the stairs and out the door.  For once, The Dutch Man and I were in sync.

“Where the hell is she going?

Lots of chatter between Mother and The Dutch Man and we learned that the coyotes were chasing a deer.  Don’t even ask what a deer is, who am I, Jack Hanna?  I don’t know who that is either.

Mother and The Dutch Man went from window to window and in and out of the house chattering on about the coyotes and deer while Cosmo and I took cover beneath the bed wondering when the horrible coyote calls would stop.  Mother even went outside as we listened to the sound of hooves, barking and yelping.  It was the end of the world and apparently the dogs were taking over, because we could hear what sounded like hundreds barking.

And then there was silence.  Everyone settled in and I thought “I could eat” and meowed to Mother.  Mother didn’t agree.

A few hours later, the malay forgotten, and the coyotes came back.  Calling to each other and riling up every dog in the area once again.  I think I hate coyotes.  And we had no idea our three ruffians weren’t the only ones, but after that night, we knew differently.  That’s comforting.

Mother and The Dutch Man closed the windows so that we could all return to bed.  The Dutch Man brought the dogs back in the house from their yard (can you believe they have their own yard?).  And then Mother turned to me and asked…

“Still want to be an outdoor cat?”

Really?  This is the time for an “I told you so.”  That’s Mother; never missing opportunity to be a smart a##.  I didn’t bother dignifying her response with a meow.  I stood, held my head high, and walked out of the room.  Cosmo followed.


  1. That\’s what my cats call a “Talk to the Butt” moment!!!

    • That’s exactly the message that I received too!

  2. Mine does that too. We have coyotes out here too & boy does it cause a ruckus!

    • I can never get used to the sound of coyotes – it just sounds awful. Glad that they only come by once a year :)

  3. With this comment purrhaps someone will bite my fingers off, but coyotes are one of the most misunderstood creatures on the planet. As predators they hunt to keep themselves and their families fed- and as such are considered “pests” and have a horrible reputation. But they are just doing what coyotes do- and with their habitat shrinking, they get closer to populated areas of course. it ’tis a real pity that their territories have been destroyed. I happen to LOVE the sound of their songs- havung spent a lot of time in the Mohave dessert listening to them. They actually are shy animals, but my heart stopped when I encountered one really close.. such beautiful animals. When she spied me- she fled into the junipers.

    But if you want to read one of the most amazing stories, read “The Daily Coyote”. Since I can’t put a link here google it. The book is incredible and one of the most moving stories I have ever had the pleasure to read.

    So it does behoove cat and dog guardians who live in what once was their habitat to protect their pets. Anyway, I think that cats should be indoor pets.. far too many risks for them in the great outdoors.

    Well, I will get off my soap box now:::: stepping off:::: But I was compelled to say a few words about Coyotes- could add wolves too.. they play an important part in our ecology— it’s a shame that we have ruined the balance of nature and forced them to become “rogues”. Sigh…

    • Hi Jo

      Thank you so much for sharing this cool POV. I think coyotes are gorgeous. I’m relieved that Rodrigo wasn’t seriously hurt and now the territories have been well defined for him and for the coyotes in our area. They no longer come across our property, but they do cross along the borders so we see them – they keep their distance and we keep ours and it’s peace has returned.

      When I spoke with our vet, she said that coyotes and dogs encounter each other all the time and they don’t see anything more than a bite as the coyote is warning the dog off. Our dogs have their own yard, which the coyotes don’t come near.

      I agree, cats should be indoor only. I hate it when we hear coyotes on hunt for a cat. Our cats want to go outside, but I limit their time to the summer months only – during the day. They don’t stray far from the house.

      Thanks for stopping by!


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