If you live in East Tennessee or really any part of the country now-a-days, you may witness wolves, cougars, bears, wild hogs and even coyotes. This can be a major concern for pet owners of any size. If you have small pets, you also have to be aware of flying prey like hawks, owls and more. You should contact your local Knoxville area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home regarding some possible precautions for your furry family animals.
People have literally witnessed coyotes especially looking for food in some areas of East Tennessee, roaming close to homes where small pets have been seen. These “wild animals” are just doing what comes naturally but something that causes fear for pet owners. It is one thing when you see people walking their pets in front of your home but can be pretty scary to watch coyotes (or any other predator) prowling around, too close to where you live.
This is the time of year that all pet owners need to be more aware of the dangers facing their pets. Food gets scarce for most predators during the colder months and they find their way further into residential areas to meet their hunger needs. These are facts resulting from reported attacks on people’s pets and something to take seriously.
Often times, these animals do not travel alone and it appears cats are the most at risk since many are feral or outdoor pets. As hard as it may seem, if you have a cat as a pet that does enjoy going outdoors on occasion, it is highly recommended to keep them indoors. If a coyote or several know homes that have small pets, they will lurk around the area for hours at a time waiting for the perfect time to attack.
Coyotes are very smart animals and know exactly what they are doing and what they want. Protecting your pets in a fenced area is not safe at all since these animals can easily jump over. As pet parents, you have to be very alert and monitor your pets, even for just a moment. Do not open the door and allow your pet outdoors alone; stand out there until your pet has done its business and be prepared to make noise and move quickly if needed. In fact, you should consider putting your furry family member on a leash so you have full control and ability to protect. Take the extra steps needed to ensure that your pet does not become a statistic.
Knoxville Village Vet, 11301 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN 37934, Tel: (865) 966–8900, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Knoxville Central Vet Hospital, 1212 W. Clinch Ave, Knoxville, TN 37916, Phone: (865) 525-1167
Knoxville Emergency Vet, 1819 Ailor Ave. Knoxville, TN 37916 | (865) 221-8956