Cat killed by wild animal?

How often do cats get killed and disemboweled by wild animals? We need help trying to decide if our cat was killed by some wild animal or worse; by an insane human. Then we need help in trying to decide what to do.

Cat was large 8 month old male, NEUTERED, house cat. He would ask to go out about 3 times a day and would come back in after about an hour. He never went farther than the next door neighbor's homes on either side of us. They all knew him and liked him.

He went MISSING ABOUT 3 WEEKS AGO. We put up posters all over, ran ads in the newspapers, went to all the neighbors, not just the ones next to us, and looked in ALL areas that were woodsy... as we live in town. No cat. Looked all over our yard, under bushes everywhere. No cat. Three weeks, no cat.

Then this morning, on the cement patio right outside our back door... where we go out on several times a day... there he was. Gutted. BUT there was NO BLOOD ANYWHERE AROUND HIM. He was not decomposed. There were no other signs that he had been bitten, broken, anything... just his abdominal contents removed.

Can't understand how he would have come home, AFTER THREE WEEKS, and been killed by a wild animal on our steps. BUT the alternative is that some sick person had him and killed him, and put him on our patio right where we would find him for some sick reason scares us.

There was a nut that came up to my daughter about 4 weeks ago and hit her repeatedly in the face, until she called the police. Then there was cyber bulling that was hateful after that, and before the cat/kitten went missing. I'm just hoping that this happens to cats more than I am aware of, for reasons that don't involve sick humans.

What should we do? Call the ASPCA? Call the police? How can we tell what happened to him?

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Coon or weasel
by: Amy

It was a raccoon or a weasel. A weasel bites off the head and drinks the blood. Raccoons will also remove the head and disembowel them

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Call the Police!
by: Kurt (Admin)

@I'm afraid now...

I'm sorry to hear about your cat. That's horrible. I would call the police immediately!

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I'm afraid now.
by: Anonymous

I have two cats who tend to remain on the upstairs levels of our house. We never ever let them outside of the house, but strangely enough, I found one of my furry friends with her rib cage severed from her chest and lying apart from her body and her neck mangeled and her insides wrenched open. There was no blood, anywhere. I thought it may have been my dogs but there would've been blood on my dogs andthere wasn't. The other cat was left fine but we removed her from upstairs. I thought it may have been one of my brothers friends or maybe even paranormal. Im afraid because I mean, it happened in my own house!!! What should I do???

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Pebbles 6yo
by: Linda

a few months back I went searching for my 6 year old cat Pebbles as she is usually on the porch and is an indoor/outdoor cat I raised as a tiny baby. I live in wooded area.I found her down a small gully, by discarded sheet metal that sticks up and is dangerous. This junk is not on my property but on the person who owns 44 acres around me. She was dead and disemboweled. No blood, she had not been feasted on at all, her entrails hanging out. I climbed down the gully with a black bag and got her, tried to fix her by putting guase all around her and had her cremated. i examined her, no bites, nothing. I will always wonder how this happened. She didnt deserve to die like this. Cats are so agile, its hard to believe she got hung up on that sheet metal/tin and it was a terrible accident, or did a human do this.

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Cat killed by wild animal?
by: Anonymous

I just found my cat... dead same way... thought it was a wild animal... but not sure. No blood, just guts hanging out... dead

Editor's note: I'm sorry for your loss.
-Kurt

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Cat killed by wild animal?
by: Anonymous

We just also experienced my cat disemboweled and no blood...

Editor's note: I'm sorry for your loss.
-Kurt

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I'm very sorry for your loss
by: Kurt (Admin)

I'm terribly sorry for your loss, and I can't imagine the horror. A veterinarian or an expert who deals with wildlife would be able to tell if this was done by a wild animal. We have a wildlife commission in my state, and they should be able to get an expert who can tell.

I would start by calling the police. If this was done by a human, local authorities should be on alert. I'm not sure how much the police will be able to do to track down the culprit (if it was a person), but I believe they should be notified so the incident is on record.

They should also be able to get the appropriate agencies involved. If this was done by the same person who was giving you trouble, the police can follow up and perhaps make the connection.

According to the ASPCA, animal cruelty is handled differently in different states in the US (unfortunately). They have a FAQ page on reporting animal cruelty...

Reporting animal cruelty

Much of it deals with reporting animal owners who have treated their pets badly, but I would call the ASPCA and report this incident. Whether it's a human or a wild animal nearby, the threat is there and people need to know about it.

They also have a PDF on animal cruelty and prosecution...

Animal cruelty prosecution

As far as cats being killed by wild animals, this does happen, probably more than you think.

I don't have any statistics on this, but just from news reports that I've heard and statements from authoritative publications, some areas do report incidents of cats being killed by wild animals.

Coyotes are of particular danger in some areas of the US. Bobcats and wild dogs as well. Where I live, we have a large population of foxes and raccoons, both of which may prey on house cats.

I hope this helps in some way. You submitted another entry, but I think this one has all the pertinent information, so I'm not going to publish the other one.

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Cat killed by a wild animal

by Carl
(Sacramento, CA)

I found my cat, Samantha, dead on the side of the yard, dead with her belly cut open... some of her guts lying on the grass.

I assume it was a wild animal. It happened late at night, early morning... there was no blood on her fur or on the ground.

Editor's note: I'm very sorry for your loss, Carl. I would assume it was a wild animal as well. RIP little kitty.
-Kurt

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Our cat
by: Sharon

Our cat went missing on a Sunday. He never went far. Stayed close and hung out with our neighbor's cat. Gus was 34 lbs, fast and could climb tall trees. We started our search on Monday with the help of friends, our son and our neighbor. No luck.. Our neighbors cat was very freaked out Sunday night when Gus went missing. On Wednesday we found Gus in our neighbor's green belt. He was attacked and had fought back. We were almost sure he was attacked elsewhere and brought to the green belt as my son and neighbor did not see him earlier on. We do have coyotes in the area but due to Gus's speed and ability to climb I think he may have been attacked by a Bobcat. Over the twenty two years we have lived here all of our cats have been fine... out in the morning and mostly in by night. Until recently we have had big dogs... I will never get another cat....too horrible an experience. I would suggest that anyone living near the woods get a very large dog or dogs (friendly with cats) if they are letting their cats out. I am devastated.

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Cat killed by wild animal
by: Anonymous

I was told recently that Owls will prey on cats. I've had two disappear in the last two weeks. As far as cats being found with their guts missing, kind of sounds like something a bird/owl would do. I suspect either an owl or bobcat. I was awaken around 4am by a cat scream 2 weeks ago. Sounded like the cat way killed fast because the way the scream sounded. Saw nothing when I went outside. In the morning I couldn't find one of my sweet female cats. Another disappeared last night. I don't know what to do. Thinking of spraying diesel fuel around the woods behind my house, hoping that smell will keep a wild animal away.

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Not sure.
by: Kurt (Admin)

I'm very sorry for your loss. I don't know the answer, but I'm thinking a wildlife expert would be the best person to ask. Maybe you could check with local law enforcement and see if they know of someone you can ask.

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Pebbles
by: Anonymous

This morning I foud my indoor/outdoor cat in the woods, disembowled. Saw no blood. I did examine her. I live in the woods and 4 eight years shes been here we never had a problem with racoons or possums. Saw no bite marks like a dog leaves. She was on the porch on her bed at midnight. Where I found her is not where she goes as a rule. What could have done this?

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