We live in a rural area and have a lot of wildlife around us.
Coyotes, hawks, fox, even owls can be harmful to your small pets.
In this article, you will learn some easy ways to protect your small pets from predators.
Keep Pets Inside
The best way to protect your pets is by keeping them indoors. Of course, pets need to get outside if for nothing else fresh air and to potty but inside pets are always the safest.
Always go outside with your pets and stay close
When it is time to go out, keep them close. If not on a leash be sure they have a fenced area and places they can hide for safety.
Be aware when you are outside with your pets. It only takes a split second for something to happen. They are your furkids, protect them as if they were toddlers.
Join Nextdoor.com to communicate with neighbors and stay informed
More and more communities are connecting on Nextdoor.com This is a wonderful way to stay in communication on wildlife spottings.
Never declaw cats especially if they go outside
I am against declawing cats as a whole. However, if you ever let your kitties outside, they need their claws! Cats are fast and can dart out the door in a heartbeat. Letting them keep their claws is important but if you do have a declawed cat, keep them on a leash when you let them out to be sure they do not wander off. It’s for their own safety.
Keep brush piles clear and far away from your home or yard to stave away predators
Predators love to use brush piles, wood piles, and piles of leaves to hide and stalk their prey. Keeping your yard free of them will help increase the safety of your pets.
Wind Spinners are not only pretty but can keep some predatory pets away! The bigger, and shinier the better like this one. Wind Spinners are good for scaring away birds of prey and could deter other predators as well.
Keep vaccinations up to date in case a predator attacks
While it won’t keep predators away having your pet’s vaccinations up to date is not only the responsible thing to do but will protect your pet from disease if they do get attacked.
Do not leave pet food outside
Predators are looking for a food source. Your pet’s make a great one but predators could also be drawn in by the smell of pet food. Bring pet foods inside at night, especially if you have outside pets.
Motion activated sprinklers and lights
These are two great ways to scare off a predator who has come onto your turf! Lights scare away some predators who like to lurk in the darkness while sprinklers have been known to dissuade many animals that could harm your pets.
6-foot high fencing
While this may not be the best or most attractive solution, it is effective, especially from coyotes, cougars, and other ground-dwelling predators.
Overall the best thing we can do for our pets is to keep a close eye on them.
I personally never let my sweet Lyla out of my sight.
As an animal lover, I have listed ways to keep predators at bay without harming them.
Wild animals have a right to their land which we have widely taken over as humans.
If you live in the country as I do, we have to accept wild animals are a way of life.
Those of us who live in the country deal with predators more often than those living in the city. However, even city dwellers will come across animals who could harm your pets.
Raccoon, Hawks, and other wildlife are everywhere.