Watch This Fearless House Cat Go Nose-to-Nose With a Mountain Lion

Written by Sharon Parry
Published: January 19, 2023
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Some households keep dogs to scare away intruders – be they animal or human. But do you want to see a house cat being braver than a guard dog? And pretty effective too! That’s what you get in this memorable video shot in a house in the mountains outside Julian, California.

Domestic Cats Sees off a Mountain Lion

In this extraordinary display of defensive behavior from a domestic cat, we first see a magnificent mountain lion (cougar) approaching the glazed doors of a house. It seems to be checking out a paved area beyond the glass and then becomes curious about what may be inside. It approaches the glass and peers inside.

However, as far as the family cat is concerned, this is not acceptable behavior. With a series of growls, meows and hisses, the tabby cat tries to see off the mountain lion. The cat even raises its fronts paws and swipes at the glass which prompts a hiss from the lion. However, the display be the domestic cat is so extreme that even the mountain lion is taken aback and takes a step away from the window. Both cats now have their ears pinned back and are adopting confrontational body language. The situation deteriorates into a hissing match between the two species. Then, unbelievably, it is the cougar that turns and runs away!

Mountain lion numbers in California have been reduced by wild fires


Mountain Lions in California

Mountain lions, (also called cougars, pumas and panthers) are a large member of the Felidae family and are native to Central, North and South America. However, they are not found in the wild in all US states. They are secretive animals and live in remote regions so counting their exact numbers is not easy. Nevertheless, it is thought that California has one of the largest mountain lion populations in the US. The hunting of mountain lions has been banned here there since 1972 but the wildfires of more recent years has reduced their numbers significantly.

Cougars do not roar like lions. The noises that they make are very similar to domestic cats which may be why this cougar looks so confused at first when it hears the little cat on the other side of the glass. Also, cougars look very like a large house cat with a similar shaped head and body. They are opportunistic hunters and eat a variety of prey. As human populations encroach on their habitats it is inevitable that they will come into contact with domestic pets and it will not always end as well as this encounter did!


This why you have big ass dogs and dont let your cats outside in Julian, California. 🫠 #NOPE #Getthefuckoutofhere #Mountainliving #Mountainlion #Offgridliving #Murderpussycat #Califorina #Julian

♬ original sound – AG

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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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