Pet Tales: Looking out for coyotes

Happy summer solstice Sonoma! I love this time of year when the days seem endless. I especially like taking Doc out for an evening stroll after it cools down from a hot summer day. We always go for a walk when I get home, but now he gets two romps before bedtime so by 9 p.m. he’s out like a light, snoring up a storm and dreaming about liver treats and tennis balls.

Has anyone else noticed an increase to the coyote presence in their neighborhood? I have always had indoor/outdoor cats, but my cats are now exclusively indoors. I see coyotes everywhere and being an animal lover, I respect their right to live and thrive.

I just don’t want them to make dinner out of my kitty cats. There is a family of four living on the property next door and one day a couple of weeks ago, one of the adults charged the fence when Doc and I were out walking in the vineyard. It certainly startled both of us, and two days later I saw a mom with two pups hanging around. Then I understood the charging of the fence. I have one cat, Cowboy who has always been my adventure boy. I never worried too much about him as he always came in at night and if I just couldn’t wait up for him, I’d either hear him meowing during the night or he’d be at the door in the morning.

Well, I didn’t see him for almost two nights and I was panicking. With flashlight in hand I drove my neighbors crazy calling and meowing for him, but no luck. I was going into the city for the night and feared the worse, but when I came back the next day, there he was just rolling around in the garden. I scooped him up and closed the cat window and have not opened it since.

I have done some research and unfortunately there is no natural coyote repellent, so it is a matter of co-existing for now.

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