If you’re a cat person the idea of a snake killing your feline friend is probably a nightmare. And even if you’re not particularly fond of cats the thought of any animal being killed by a snake is unsettling. So do snakes kill cats?
The short answer is yes snakes can and do kill cats. But it’s important to understand that not all snakes are a threat to cats and that in most cases a snake will only kill a cat if it feels threatened or if it’s trying to eat.
Let’s take a closer look at why some snakes kill cats which snakes are most likely to do and what you can do to protect your feline friend from becoming a snake’s next meal.
Why Do Snakes Kill Cats?
There are two main reasons why a snake would kill a cat:
1. The Snake Feels Threatened
Most snakes are not aggressive and will only attack if they feel threatened. This can happen if a cat comes too close to a snake or if the snake feels like it’s being cornered.
2. The Snake Is Trying To Eat
While snakes don’t usually see cats as prey there are some species that will eat small mammals like cats. In most cases this happens because the snake is starving or because the cat is an easy target (for example if the cat is sick or injured).
Which Snakes Kill Cats?
There are many different types of snakes but not all of them are a threat to cats. In general the snakes that are most likely to kill a cat are large constrictors like pythons and boas.
These snakes kill by wrapping their bodies around their prey and squeezing it until it suffocates. They often eat their prey whole which means that a cat that’s been killed by a constrictor snake would likely be swallowed headfirst.
Other types of snakes that have been known to kill cats include venomous snakes like cobras rattlesnakes and mambas. These snakes kill by injecting their prey with venom which causes the animal to become paralyzed and eventually die.
What Can You Do To Protect Your Cat From Snakes?
The best way to protect your cat from being killed by a snake is to keep them indoors. This is especially important if you live in an area where there are snakes that are known to kill cats.
If you must let your cat outdoors be sure to supervise them and keep them away from areas where snakes are likely to be found. You should also teach your cat to avoid snakes and to come to you if they see one.
If you have a cat that’s killed by a snake it’s important to seek medical attention for your pet as soon as possible. Even if the snake didn’t inject venom the cat could still be injured or sick from the attack.
In conclusion snakes can and do kill cats. But it’s important to remember that not all snakes are a threat to cats and that in most cases a snake will only kill a cat if it feels threatened or if it’s trying to eat.