Cat Killers


(Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada)

I live in Etobicoke at Royal York Road and Queensway where Coyotes seem to be free to kill all the cats that they can catch.


I lost a beautiful cat two weeks ago to one of these animals.

A few days ago a neighbour found what was left of poor Paws and returned him.

The vet confirmed that it was a Coyote kill.

Several cats have gone missing in the last few months, yet the city will do nothing to stop this killing of house pets.

Maybe when a human baby is snatched something might get done.

I am so sorry for the loss of your little Paws, this must be terrible for you - if the Coyotes are such a nuisance and potential danger, the city really should do something about it.

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Unsympathetic Readers
by: popsyharley

I have been a cat owner for over 30 years. I have several that I care for and for the record I hate when they kill any kind of wildlife too. But lets not forget, humans are responsible for far more wildlife deaths than any cat or coyote. Cats are designed to hunt, coyotes are designed to hunt, that is how nature designed them. Coyotes are also part of nature. They will kill to live, but then so do humans, and not always humanely. Let's live and let live and try to protect our pets and loved ones and care for our wildlife. Unfortunately, if we allow our cats to roam, there is always they chance they will cross paths with a coyote, a raccoon or get hit by a car for that matter. A little understanding goes a long way, be informed, be proactive and be prepared and protect that which is precious to us. Don't forget, Mature and Man's biggest threat, is Man.

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Cat Owners Wake Up Please
by: Anonymous

Some cat owners just don't get it. It is a well known fact that domestic cats kill millions of songbirds annually in North America. Be responsible and keep your cat indoors or outside on a leash. Try taking it for a walk for heavens sake. My neighbours cats (4 of them) used to sleep on our patio furniture at night leaving mud stains and cat hair on the cushions. My wife is very allergic to cat hair. More than once I chased them away from a baby rabbit or songbird they were torturing. How hypocritical to call for the destruction of a few coyotes.

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Too many mean responders
by: Anonymous

My sympathies to this owner of Paws... where I live there are still some cats permitted to still walk freely in our neighborhood, and I am so greatful to, and I hope the coy-hybrids leave them all alone as well! These cats are doing me a great service by killing off those mice that harbour that disease that makes Humans sick if they get into your house and your near their feces. Also, mice and other rodents carry ticks, and ticks can cause Lyme Disease. Due to the overpopulation of coyotes and coy-hybrids, the fox population has been lowered, as they also kill and eat fox, which is sad for us as the fox are the species that kill off the smaller rodents that carry the same ticks that carry the Lyme Disease. I enjoy the neighbor's free range cats, and it doesn't bother me at all if they get the odd nuisance bird, there are lots of them around. Bird droppings can harbour zoonotic diseases as well. So, back to the owner of Paws, I feel so bad for your cat, it likely died a horrible death. Shame on the others for their rude comments. They possibly have no clue that if and when they get bitten by a coote or coy-wolf hybrid and are lucky enough to survive it, they should go for rabies shots, and that, in itself, is unpleasant.

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Outdoor house pets
by: Anonymous

Most towns and cities in Ontario have a bylaw, where you are not supposed to have your pet off leash or allow it out to roam at night. Especially with pet cats. They are non-native predators, can be very destructive animals, and will attack birds and other small animals and play with them until they're dead.
It's good to see the Coyotes are bringing balance back in your local wildlife environment. Perhaps it would be a good idea to keep your next cat indoors?

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Cats
by: Rebecca

I agree, keep your cat in your residence and if you want it to go outside, then leash it. Us dog owners have to be held accountable and responsible for our pet, but for some reason cats are permitted to torture and kill birds and mice freely and defecate in people's gardens. I think that is more unacceptable than murdering wildlife, such as Coyotes, simply because some cat owners can't be responsible for their own.

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Cats
by: Anonymous

I totally agree with you Marinus, keep your cats indoors or go out with them and never leave them to roam. I own cats and they do not go out alone to run the streets, I hate seeing cats left outside. Dogs are not allowed to roam free so neither should cats be.

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Cat Killers
by: Sara

So sorry to hear about poor Paws, I can't imagine how terrible you must feel, I have two cats, Sammy & Cheddar, when they were 4 months old I started leash training them, when I call, "who wants to go for a walk", they both come running & stand by the door to get their harnesses on. I have a stake in the lawn where I tie them to & they have long leads so they can explore around, I also take them for walks up our street. I never leave them alone in the yard for more than a few minutes, it's a great way to have them go outside & be safe. We live in an area where there are tons of wildlife, including Coyotes so I would really worry if they were out loose, also they can't kill wildlife either & they get to enjoy the great outdoors!

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Disgusting!!
by: Debbie

This is horrible! Paws was a lovely and friendly cat, liked by all the people on the street where he lived, he did not deserve such a fate, something should be done about coyotes, roaming the streets.

If the problem is a serious one, and not just the odd Coyote hanging around now and again, then the municipality should do something about the problem.

The trouble is that we humans, have built our homes in areas where Coyotes live - they were quite happy living there, eating rodents and rabbits, lizards and squirrels, and didn't bother people at all, but now we have moved into their area and the Coyotes think we have brought lunch with us.


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Cats
by: Marinus Pater

I feel sorry for the owners of the cats, killed by Coyotes. I used to have cats myself.
Now when I see them kill and torment birds in our garden I wonder why people let their cats roam outside. Why take a chance with having them killed and having them kill birds. Our cats always were kept inside.

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