In the famous poem by Edward Lear the owl and the pussy cat ... Har-low can you go? Great horned owls, northern goshawks, and red-tailed hawks are three of the most common birds-of-prey to lash at small dogs and cats, typically If adult birds are missing but no other signs of disturbance exist, the predator probably is a dog, a coyote, a fox, a bobcat, a hawk, or an owl. ... of a typical domestic cat. Few verified reports of this exist. a cat But, while an owl may not be able to carry a larger animal, it can still attack one. In 1995 a Great Horned owl terrorized a Maine town. I just don't see the laws of physics allowing a large bird to carry off a 20 pound cat and wouldn't be strong enough to carry off a 17 lb dog. In reality you don't really need to do anything. A large house cat should be too heavy for an owl. Giant owls snatch dogs from backyards and terrify pet owners . Birds of Prey vs Your Cat ... hawk and great horned owl, ... the small mammals that scavenge off your feeder. Predator Management for Small and Backyard Poultry Flocks. I've watched an owl calculate payload on a Maltese. Owl and hawks don't attack cats. Protection Options. In the story he said that they thought it was an owl. Most likely it was not either bird that is responsible for the disappearance of kitty. Hawks typically take chickens during the day, whereas owls take them during the night. by Naomi Millburn. Forget the hawk..no way a hawk can carry off a cat of that size. Owls can, and have, in very rare cases attacked dogs. Owls like people come in different sizes. The owl will pick the cat up by the spine, perhaps breaking the cat's neck in the process, and carry it off and eat it. Adults can have wingspans up to 140cm, reach a length of 60cm, and weigh as much as 1.45kg. It could attack the dog and cause serious injury but there's no reason to do that if there are easier size prey around like rodents. Frequently Asked Questions. It could have been chased off the property by a dog or just took it into it's head to wander off. The New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage website described the powerful owl as the largest owl in Australasia. I have lived in that area and can tell you from experience there are a lot of predator birds there. ... Can a Great Horned Owl kill a Bald Eagle? Straight Dope Message Board > Main > General Questions > Could an owl conceivably kill and eat a cat ... carried off whatever the owl ... can a cat kill an owl? Could a Great Horned Owl kill a small dog? They'll hunt cats and small dogs if their range is an urban area. There is no specific cut-off weight at which your pets safety is guaranteed. In those cases, it has been the largest owls such as great horned owls attacking extremely small dogs. A hawk the size of a red-tail won't have the capacity of carrying off a 5-10 lb house cat ... a red tail hawk prey on a house cat? News stories about predatory owls and hawks make the dog-snatching eagle tale more believable. I agree with you about coyotes. Generally speaking, cats and kittens that weigh 5 pounds and under are at some risk of owl attack. The owl opted not to dive; I was within reach and would probably have been able to grab them both.