A Fox on the Farm -- Getting Too Close
We have a few foxes that I've seen over the years on rare occasion. Well, we have one that must have a den nearby because I have been seeing it every few days by my driveway near my garage. This morning it was trotting by my picnic table.
Two weeks ago one of my cats who hangs out on the back porch was out sitting on her favorite rocking chair. This was in the evening, maybe 8:00. We heard her fighting with what we thought was another cat. We get feral cats a lot, too. Well, this cat normally sits at the back door every night because we will let her in for maybe half an hour so she can sit on my lap for petting. So she waits every night. She is an outdoor cat who along with my other cat comes into the garage each night where I lock them in and feed them. So anyway, that night I heard her fighting, she was not at my door. She was in the garage.
For a week, she would not leave the safety of the garage, or hardly get out of bed. She was physically fine. But it was like she was depressed. It was pretty sad. But thankfully this week she is pretty much back to her happy self.
Sorry this has gotten so long. I guess my question is, can a fox harm a cat? Is that common? What do I do about this brave fox? Do I set a humane trap and have it relocated? Aren't they "pack-type" animals? I don't want to destroy a family. But I don't want this fox so near my house and cats.
So that is my dilemma.