Do Possums Eat Kittens?

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Do Possums Eat Kittens? 1 -

Do Possums Eat Kittens?

If you’re a pet owner, you’ve probably wondered – could a possum hurt my kitten? As a fellow cat lover, I used to worry about that too. Let’s chat about what possums are really like and how to keep our furry friends safe.

The Truth About Possums: More Bark Than Bite

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“Playing possum,” says it all – these little guys prefer to avoid danger than fight it. Though they could attack in theory, I’ve never actually heard of it happening. Possums stick to fruits, plants, bugs, and even trash – not cats. Domestic ones raised by humans are super tame. Wild ones just want easy meals, not to hunt. Confrontations scare them more than we do!

Kelly, local possum rehabber: “In 20 years, I’ve never had an aggressive one. They hiss and bare their teeth, but it’s all show – their way of saying ‘please leave me alone!'”

The Real Risks for Kittens Outdoors

So, if possums aren’t the threat, what is? Kittens face dangers from hawks, owls, foxes – even some ruthless dogs. My friend Emma found that out the hard way when her 6-month-old tabby, Mimi, disappeared.  Since then, all my cats have stayed indoors until they’re bigger. Better safe than sorry!

Understanding Possum Diets: Garbage Cans Over Kittens

Possums will eat just about anything – fruits, rodents, venomous snakes (crazy, right?). They love raiding trash and compost piles. In rural areas, almost half of their diet is plant-based. So, between fruits from that peach tree out back and the scraps in my garbage, why would they bother with a kitten hunt? Cornered and starving possums might attack out of desperation. But with so many easier meals around, confrontations just don’t happen.

Creating a Peaceful Home for Pets and Wildlife

Protecting kittens is a top priority. But we humans need to learn to coexist with native wildlife, too. Follow these tips to keep pets safe and give local possums the space they deserve:

  • Store pet food indoors so it doesn’t attract wildlife.
  • Fully enclose outdoor cat enclosures.
  • Keep cats indoors until at least 6 months old.
  • Respect wildlife behavior and habitat as much as possible.

Stay informed, be responsible owners and community members, and spread truthful awareness. A safe neighborhood for all of us – pets, kids, possums – that’s the goal!

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