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Bad sounds in cozieville.....

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cozietoesie Sat 25-May-13 08:20:51

I live in an urban environment but with some green space and gardens.

Last night in the quiet early hours, while drifting off to sleep, I heard terrible screeching from outside. I rose to look from the window thinking it was a bad cat fight but saw nothing. 10 minutes later it started and stopped again and I quickly dived to the window - to see, in the streetlamps, what looked initially (from an upstairs window) like a massive cat bent over a paleish smaller cat shaped body in the middle of the road.

I grabbed the front door keys and went downstairs and out to see - nothing. Except for a youngish fox trotting up the road towards the local green square. (Whatever was in the middle of the road had gone.) Two others appeared from somewhere and trotted after him within a minute or so.

I know we have foxes around, having seen the dead body of a vixen which had been hit by a car and hearing the barking from time to time so I am thinking that a group of young foxes caught a local cat and took it away for supper. They're quite distinctive (the long legs and sharp heads) and the street is well lit even in the early hours.

It's quite upset and unnerved me. The sounds were the worst. Maybe there was another explanation - but I'd suggest you all take your cats inside of a nighttime if you didn't before.

StuffezLaYoni Sat 25-May-13 08:26:07

Ugh. The sounds are terrible, aren't they?
Cats fighting is bad enough but all fox noises are unpleasant. Hate that screeching bark they do. One used to antagonise our farm dog when I was young - drove my dad round the bend.

heronsfly Sat 25-May-13 08:38:54

A fox got one of my old rabbits a little while ago sad. The screeching was horrible, I shot out of bed but no sign of anything.I felt really bad because i had moved the run that day to give him more grass and he had burrowed out because it wasn't even.
We often have foxes sniffing round our garden, but they dont seem to bother the cats, i think they are too quick for the foxes (fingers crossed).

crazynanna Sat 25-May-13 12:50:42

I hate them.

A fox raided a blackbird nest in my blackberry bush the other day, and I saw it run off with 3 baby birds in it's mouth, with the parent birds going apeshit sad

RedwingWinter Sat 25-May-13 16:48:00

It is possible the screeching was just the foxes. They make a sound like something is being murdered; it's just a normal fox sound, but it's very unsettling if you aren't used to it. I have seen a cat chase a fox off before. I do hope no one's cat was taken.

cozietoesie Sat 25-May-13 16:59:20

I'm hoping so myself - as I said, alternative explanations are what I'm relying on. It was just the sight of those two figures in the middle of the road.......

Corygal Sat 25-May-13 17:03:32

Fox noises sound so much like cats that even cats get fooled - Mr Cory has got out of bed several times recently to investigate what turned out to be bonking Basil Brushes.

The shrieks are unearthly - even their howls of lust sound like a mammal being ripped apart.

thecatneuterer Sun 26-May-13 17:15:09

I very much doubt it was the foxes killing a cat. Most foxes wouldn't go anywhere near an adult cat. And my cats only have to look at a fox and the fox runs away.

NeverTooManyCats Tue 28-May-13 09:43:40

Fox sounds are one of the worst noises i've ever heard. Really haunting actually. One night, my indoor cat escaped. We live near a big park with a wood. When out looking for him my husband heard that a cat matching ours had been killed by 2 foxes. It wasn't ours but poor poor kitty.

My outdoor cat will go out of his way to confront a fox, the foxes run scared. He even pees in fox holes hmm

The foxes around here aren't beautiful creatures, they are pretty damn scary.

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