This House-Cat Hits Overdrive When It Sees a Bobcat Chasing Them

Written by Sharon Parry
Updated: August 30, 2023
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Key Points

  • Bobcats and housecats are incredibly similar creatures, sharing much of the same genetic makeup, being mostly distinguished by differences in size and demeanor.
  • In this thrilling Tik Tok, an unassuming kitty who is taking a stroll in the sunshine is suddenly thrown into a state of panic when it notices the massive bobcat on its trail.
  • A lightning-fast chase immediately ensues, with the predator chasing its prey out of frame in an instant.

Watch this house cat wish that they were a house cat after all. The great outdoors probably seemed very appealing and exciting but then this happened! No domestic kitty wants to meet a bobcat on their travels.

Bobcat Trailing a Domestic Cat

In this short clip, we see a black domestic cat moving quite rapidly along a dirt track. At first, it is quite hard to see why the cat is hurrying. But if you look carefully, you can see that it is being followed.

Right behind the kitty, there is a bobcat! These are medium-sized members of the Felidae family but are in the Lynx genus. They are found in Central and North America and are solitary hunters.

Bobcats are larger than domestic cats – they can grow to around 33 pounds. There are currently twelve recognized sub-species and each has a slightly different color coat. In fact, their coat varies with the location of their habitat. The bobcats that live in forests have a darker coat but those that live in arid areas are lighter. This particular bobcat is very well camouflaged against the dirt track.

Burmese black cat
Domestic cats are seen by bobcats as a source of protein


Bobcats and Domestic Cats

This domestic cat clearly perceives the bobcat as a threat. At the start of the vid, it is trying to get away from the larger cat. However, a dignified retreat turns into a blind panic when the cat turns and realizes how just how close the bobcat actually is.

So, does this domestic cat really have anything to fear? Bobcats are shy animals and try to stay away from humans. Their hunting technique often involves a stealthy approach and a chase. It’s not hard to find news reports of attacks by bobcats on domestic cats and bobcat sightings in urban areas seem to be on the increase so these two species will encounter each other more often. In all of the reports that we could find, it was the bobcat that came off the best and several domestic cats have been killed by their larger cousins. To a bobcat, a domestic cat is a source of protein. They are therefore a legitimate target for this obligate carnivore.  

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About the Author

Sharon has a Ph.D. in Public Health but has spent the last decade researching and writing about all things connected with animal health and well being. As a life-long animal lover, she now shares her family home with three rabbits, a Syrian hamster, and a very energetic Cocker Spaniel but in the past she has also been a Mom to Guinea Pigs and several cats!She has a passion for researching accurate and credible information about pets and reviewing products that make pet owners' lives a bit easier. When she isn't checking out new pet products she's trekking around the Welsh mountains and beaches with her dog - although she lets her husband and her three grown up daughters tag along sometimes if they are lucky!

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