Why Bobcats Are Dangerous to Dogs of All Sizes

Pet owners who live in areas that are known for wandering bobcats and other wildlife predators should avoid leaving their dog outside unsupervised, especially at night. This applies to dogs of all sizes including those that weigh over 30 pounds.

A wild bobcat’s first instinct when they spot a dog wouldn’t necessarily be to attack them. It’s more likely for the bobcat to run away when they sense a human’s or dog’s presence. That said, you can’t completely rule out the fact that they can attack and cause serious damage. The smaller and younger the dog, the higher the risks. A bobcat’s natural prey typically includes small animals like rabbits, birds, and rodents but they may end up attacking small dogs if they are really hungry.

For dog owners, it’s pretty simple. Just don’t let your dog be alone when they go outside, whether that’s to play or to urinate or poop. The chances of a bobcat attack are much higher when dark but there is always a minor possibility it can happen in broad daylight.

Dog owners need to also realize that the dangers extend beyond bobcats. Other wild predators, such as foxes, may also attack dogs. There has also been an increasing number of dog-napping cases so you also need to be wary of strangers!

If you were to ever find yourself in a situation when a bobcat is preying on your dog, your first act should be to make loud noises. Avoid engaging with the bobcat directly as they can cause serious damage. While it isn’t guaranteed, it’s likely that the loud noise will scare off the bobcat and keep your dog safe. You might also need other measures to keep your dog safe from other apex predators such as eagles. Wild animals like foxes are less likely to attack but could still pose a threat.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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