Great blog! Recently caught a coyote on camera in the Aptos area very close to the house. We love coyotes but also have a cat we are concerned for. She’s sort of an outdoor cat, but we keep her in at night. Now she may have to be restricted to her catio while we’re away.
Our new outdoor game camera picked up the two images attached (one still; one movie) Thursday morning in the wee hours at our home in Aptos. In the movie, he’s sniffing at our bedroom window. We used to have a bird feeder attached to that window to entertain our cat but the feeder drew rats, not birds, and while that interested our cat it mostly just upset all of us. (We kidded about it being a potential owl feeder as we have great horned owls in the oak trees nearby!) I wonder if the coyote had caught rats here before and came for supper or if he heard us or saw the cat in the window. We have a water basin in the back yard so when he turns to go around the house we think that may have been where he was headed. This could explain why we haven’t seen the deer herd in our yard for the past week. They’ve probably distanced themselves from the coyote activity.
Note: Please read Melanie Piazza’s information on catios and how to keep your cat safe: Reversing the CATastrophe.