Do bobcats eat cats? This is another question that people ask on the Internet. I have to presume that “cats” means domestic cats, in which case the answer is, Yes, the bobcat is certainly able to attack, catch and eat a domestic cat. My guess is that it is rare, however, for a bobcat to attack and eat a domestic cat unlike, for example, the coyote. There are far more stories of coyotes attacking domestic cats for food than of bobcats.
Bobcats have a wide range of prey which includes domestic stock such as chickens, piglets, turkeys, sheep and goats. These are domesticated animals and therefore it is an easy step to include the domestic cat in this list.
However, the domestic cat is not mentioned as a prey item in the premium book on wild cat species, Wild Cats of the World. That said, there is a story today on the Internet about a bobcat in El Dorado County, California. The story says that the bobcat weighed 50 pounds and had killed three domestic cats.
Jeff Duke, of Nuisance Wildlife Control and Removal, said that the bobcat had come back to finish off the remains of the domestic cats that he had been killed. That implies (although it was not stated) that the bobcat had eaten part of the cats already. Mr Duke trapped the bobcat and killed him. He was proud of that. I’m not so sure that he should be proud of what he did because I do not consider the bobcat to be a nuisance as indicated in the name of his business.
The problem is not the bobcat but people letting their domestic cats go outside in an area where there was and is a possibility that a bobcat might attack them.
There is not some sort of silent, ancient agreement between all cats that they should not prey upon each other. It would be nice if there was but there isn’t. The lion, for example might prey upon a cheetah in Africa. It’s just a question of size, dominance and survival.
As I said, I have not until today read a story about a bobcat attacking and eating domestic cats. Even today’s story, the one I mentioned above, is not completely conclusive in my opinion that the bobcat ate part of the domestic cats that he had killed. My thoughts are that it is quite rare for a bobcat to kill and eat a domestic cat but it is no doubt well within the bobcat’s capabilities and desires.
A bobcat would probably consider the domestic cat a tougher animal to catch and kill than some other prey items on his menu and therefore the domestic cat will not be a priority.