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Old 03-02-2008, 01:56 PM
 
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If we have cats and wanted to have them outside what critters would we have to worry about?
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Old 03-02-2008, 04:50 PM
 
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Lion mountains primarily. There aren't too many coyotes (at least in Western Montana). I'm not too sure about eastern Montana.

Probably the bigger concern is cold weather. Cats will have their tails freeze off when it gets really cold out. They're not the best outdoor animals in the winter and will need good shelter.
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Old 03-02-2008, 04:55 PM
 
Location: St. Francis, MN
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I am a cat owner, and I never let my cats outside by themselves.
I currently live in Minnesota where other cats, dogs, hawks, eagles, owls, fox and racoons all pose dangers.
I want to move to Montana, but there you have the above mentioned hazards as well as bear, wolf, coyote, I believe badgers, and maybe even some cougars, lynx, etc.

Keep your babies safe and don't let them out of your sight, or you may never see them again!
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Old 03-02-2008, 05:45 PM
 
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FYI, bears are generally plant eaters and not meat eaters. They will attack animals - don't get me wrong - but plants make up the majority of the diet. I've never heard of a bear going after a housecat.

Wolves also go for much larger prey, like cows and horses, and stay away from a residence.

I've never heard of an eagle or a hawk getting a housecat in Montana. We don't see too many of them in the populated parts of Western Montana and they usually go after other things.

But the cold and mountain lions will get your cats!
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Old 03-03-2008, 05:23 AM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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Owls will get them, coyotes and other peoples dogs are a danger. We have neighbors who leave their cats out quite a bit and while I don't like the fact that they do their business on my lawn sometimes they do keep down the field mouse population.
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:33 PM
 
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Our neighbors have their cats disappear on a regular basis because of the owls, bald eagles, coyotes, foxes, badgers, raccoons, bobcats, cougars, and domestic dogs. We DO have a lot of coyotes in our part of western Montana! The local bears wouldn't be a worry, at least as far as eating your cat. We are in the shadow of a wilderness area. I don't have a cat because I couldn't stand to have it preyed upon. Plus the winters are brutal here.
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Old 09-16-2008, 10:14 PM
 
Location: The Hi-line
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No one has mentioned skunks. I've always figured them as the biggest danger to small pets in Western Montana. Porcupines would also fit into the catagory of hazardous wildlife for small pets. Birds of prey are all hazardous too.

But, even with all of the predators out there, I've known a lot of people with "Barn" cats....nearly ferral cats that hang around barns and keep rodents out of livestock feed. They seem to fare pretty well.
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Old 09-17-2008, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Flathead Valley
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We have four cats and a dog. And our biggest worry is the cyotes. We worry about Mountain Lions also but we have yet to see any. Nieghbors have though. But every night we have cyotes here.
I walked out to the garden the other evening around 8 and one ran right across in front of me and up the hill to the woods. We have an animal door and ours come and go. We did have a badger under our deck last year

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Old 09-17-2008, 01:05 PM
 
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Would all these things apply for a small dog as well?
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Old 09-17-2008, 03:18 PM
 
Location: LEAVING CD
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Would all these things apply for a small dog as well?
Yep.
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