A Cat And An Owl Face Off in Backyard Brawl

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Updated: October 11, 2022
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Picture it: You’re relaxing in your beautiful backyard. Your deck faces a dense forest and you have a nice swimming pool to cool off on hot summer days. Because you live in a more rural area, your pets, including your cat, can roam outside to their heart’s content. 

This is the reality for Greg Stolz. In an August 2014 Youtube video, Stolz caught a wild interaction between his pet cat Ricky and two wild animals! Cats will kill and devour a wide variety of small animals, including mice, birds, and even rabbits. Actually, a cat may kill a bunny even if it has no intention of eating it. 

Cats have a strong instinct to seek and kill prey, and they enjoy doing it. Greg’s feline friend was in their backyard when it spotted a bunny. If you’ve ever seen a cat zero in on another animal before, you’ll know there’s no grabbing their attention. 

With his eyes on the prize, the kitty is shocked when something makes a move on the fluffy-tailed critter. In just seconds, an owl swoops down in hopes of catching the rabbit before Ricky can! 

Small mammals, sadly, represent the majority of the sources of food for many predator animals, which is bad news for rabbits. A little rabbit can be seen by owls quite a ways away. Adult rabbits can also be taken by larger owls and other raptors. Due to the fact that they must eat in fields and other open spaces, wild rabbits are more vulnerable. In this case, even a rural backyard is a hunting ground. 

Greg’s cat wasn’t having any of it! He spotted the bunny first and was going to show the owl who’s boss. The feline quickly attacked the owl, nearly damaging its wings. While Greg makes an attempt to grab his pet’s attention, it’s no use. 

No Distractions

Ricky is laser-focused on the nocturnal animal that tried to steal his prey. When it comes to combat between owls and cats, owls often have the upper hand due to their silent flight patterns and capacity to strike without warning. Cats may, however, become very ferocious when necessary. When an owl attacks, a cat’s rapid reflexes can let it react right away.

In the description of the video below, Stolz mentions that both the owl and bunny got away safely. It’s not uncommon for owls to attack cats during the evening hours, but to even see an owl during daylight is rare! 

One of the comments under the video reads, “We have foxes, coyotes, owls, eagles and yet the same feral cat, year after year, day after day, survives and thrives.” It’s true! Cats like Ricky are incredibly resilient and will fight til the end. We’re glad Greg was able to catch this incredible interaction on camera for us to witness! 

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About the Author

When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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