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KITTENS AND COYOTES

September 9th 2012 6:56 am
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I know - that’s kind of a scary title! Not to worry, all kittens are accounted for, but the coyotes have moved into the area again. We’ve heard them yipping at night the past three nights or so. The first time was in the middle of the night, and the kittens had only just shown up on the porch, I think. The Mama could hardly get back to sleep for worrying about them. She was so grateful that at least she knew where we three were.

A pattern seems to have been established with the babies. They are gone during the day, the Mama’s not sure where – whether back at the barn across the road or simply hiding in the long grasses in the front “yard”. Being out in the country, there are plenty of areas not far from the house which are wild. The Papa mows paths through the brush and grasslands on the property, but doesn’t try to cut it all down. Day before yesterday, the Mama saw two of the kittens playing at tree climbing. She was amazed at how dexterous they were at only 7 weeks old! It made her feel better knowing that they have this defense perfected.

When the usual dinner time rolls around – somewhere around 6 or 7 PM, the adults, including Little Mama, start to show up, but no kittens. I should add at this point that the Mama is observing a drop off of attendance of the regulars. She’s not sure why, whether it’s because of the coyotes scaring them off or if it’s because of the new babies coming to the porch. She suspects it’s more the babies, because she remembers this happened when they first introduced Socks to the porch. The regulars disappeared for awhile, but eventually all came back, and it was as if Socks had always been there.

Once full dark has set in, the kittens come back. The Mama has been watching for them, and takes out another plate of food for them. One of the blacks and the baby Marble come running to eat with the Little Mama (who gets to enjoy a second dinner!), the others hang back and wait for the human Mama to leave. Once they’ve eaten, our Mama picks up all the food plates, including any dry kibble, so that no other creatures will come on the porch looking for it. The babies apparently retreat to the sheltered box under the tarp at one end of the porch, because in the morning, at the breakfast feed – there they are!

This morning the Mama got to stroke the two bold ones while they ate, but she left quickly so the others would come. The Little Mama doesn’t appear to mind this, and will purr and do the shaky tail thing, but still doesn’t accept petting herself. After they’ve eaten, they all disappear again.

 
Purred by: Tiger (Catster Member)

September 9th 2012 at 9:55 am

This sounds so scary! I am so glad the kittens are okay! I don't know what a coyote is, but it sounds vicious. I used to be so scared of my mommy when I was a baby. I got used to her though. Maybe if the kittens get used to your Mommy, they won't stray far from the house and get into trouble.
Purred by: Peter C

September 9th 2012 at 10:15 am

It is tough living in the wild. I still remember being in the alley under a trash bag. It is so nice to have a furever home that is safe. We purray for the little ones and all the kitties. So nice that Papa and Mama take such good care of everycat. Purrs to all!
Purred by: Peter C

September 9th 2012 at 10:15 am

It is tough living in the wild. I still remember being in the alley under a trash bag. It is so nice to have a furever home that is safe. We purray for the little ones and all the kitties. So nice that Papa and Mama take such good care of everycat. Purrs to all!
Purred by: ZACK (Catster Member)

September 9th 2012 at 11:51 am

I don't like those 2 things together - coyotes and kitties!

Coyotes are so scary. They are all over our area and walk in our subdivisions. They are less and less scared of humans. Their howling at night can be beautiful until you hear an animal getting attacked and that makes mom so sad.Someone told Mom that when they all get together and howl it is a celebration of a catch. Not sure if that is true.

I hope all your ferals keep safe. Our neighbors dog had been attacked by a coyote in their yard and the Vet told the guy that human pee or some large animal pee around the area will keep the coyotes away. Might be helpful to keep a small area protected but doesn't help the kitties when they venture out. Great the kitties are climbing so well.

Stay safe kitties!!
Purred by: Mr D - D'boat #19 (Catster Member)

September 9th 2012 at 12:05 pm

It sounds scary to have Coyotes living in your area. I don't know if I could handle listening to a kill. That doesn’t sound pleasant at all. Yuuuuuck!! No wonder all fur babies have to live indoors.
Purred by: Samhain (Catster Member)

September 9th 2012 at 12:06 pm

Yeah, we'd heard that, too, about the howling after a catch. They sounded awful close last night, but then they were probably really down by the marsh which is a good distance - the sound echoes in the valley - Spooky!!! The Mama is happy to see the kittens coming up on the porch at night, and hopes they are truly sleeping in the shelter since it's pretty doubtful that any coyote is going to come all the way up on the porch after them!
I'll tell the Papa to go pee around the porch - MOL!
Purred by: ♥ Jezebel RIP ♥ (Catster Member)

September 9th 2012 at 9:37 pm

Coyotes are scary - momma has even seen them occasionally in broad daylight around here!
Purred by: Samhain (Catster Member)

September 10th 2012 at 5:55 am

Jezzie, the Mama is originally from south TX and knows about coyotes from there, plus she is somewhat familiar with the coyote situation in CA. The daylight foraging appears to be more common in both those states - perhaps because of the relative scarcity of game? Here in MI, it is rare that she has seen a coyote during the day, though not uncommon to hear them at night. And to add further to the scariness as far as kittens are concerned, there are also raccoons, foxes, minks, hawks, eagles and owls (!), not to mention neighbor dogs who aren't always penned properly - and OF COURSE humans in their monster trucks who use our road as a raceway - this last being by far the most serious predator in the area.

 

Samhain


 

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