Two Cats React Pricelessly When House Cat Finds Bobcat Sleeping On His Porch
Feb 05, 2021 by apost team
House cats are usually pretty spoiled creatures. They get wet food, dry food and treats. Many have wonderful perches next to sunny windows and warm areas. They enjoy lying out in the sun, eating and napping. How wonderful it would be to live as a cat! There really isn't too much for them to do except for eating, sleeping, playing and cuddling. But housecats aren't the only felines who like to take a good nap now and then. Back in 2008, one wild bobcat took some time during the day to have a quiet lie-down within the shade of a house. The home's housecat wasn't exactly enamored with the wild visitor, and thankfully the cat's owner was there to film the interaction!
Be sure to reach the end of this article to see the full video :-)
So what happens when a spoiled house cat comes face to face with a wild animal that looks a lot like itself? A homeowner was alerted to an unexpected visitor on her porch by her agitated housecat. Her faithful feline companion was sure to let her know that something wasn't quite right! You can see how confused the little kitty was when he looked out the door and saw another cat outside.
However, this cute little house cat could likely tell that there was something different about this particular cat. It sure was bigger! The house cat then began to scratch at the cat through the glass door that separated them. The wild cat woke up and looked at the glass to see what was making the noise.
With its head raised, it was clear to see that the unexpected visitor was, in fact, a wild bobcat. Bobcats, also known as red lynxes, are a type of wild cat species native to North America. They can be found in southern Canada, most parts of the United States and parts of Mexico. You can easily recognize it by the distinct shape of its tail: stubby and with a black or dark brown tip at the end (the "bob" from which it takes its name). It also has the easily recognizable ears most lynx species have, pointier than a housecat's and with little tufts at the ends.
There are quite a few differences between a housecat and a bobcat, aside from the fact that one is domesticated. On average, bobcats are a good deal larger than house cats, as this video also clearly shows. However, they are actually on the smaller end of the lynx species, with most other types of lynx being even larger! The lynx family's biggest member is the Eurasian lynx, which can be found in parts of Europe, Siberia and Asia and can reach a shoulder height of up to 47 inches (or almost 4 feet). Thankfully, the wild visitor in this video is a good deal smaller.
Bobcats are crepuscular, which means they prefer to be active during twilight hours. While most animals are either nocturnal, which means active during the night, or diurnal, meaning most active during the day, bobcats prefer being awake in shifts and will sleep or rest for part of the day and night. They are usually out and about within three hours before sunset until midnight and from shortly before dawn until a few hours after sunrise. This also explains why our wild visitor in this video can be seen lounging around on the porch. It was most likely catching some much-needed sleep for the evening hours, only to be rudely awoken by its small housecat cousin.
When encountered in the wild, bobcats are solitary creatures. According to National Geographic, they prefer to hunt by stealth, ambushing their chosen prey. While they can bring down larger animals, they prefer rabbits, squirrels, mice and other smaller game. They are very widespread, especially in the U.S. Sadly, they are often confused with mountain lions, which are more dangerous, when encountered out in the wild.
As American Expedition explains, bobcats might look similar to these fierce wild felines. However, they are not nearly as aggressive. Most of the time, they are easily spooked by humans and will turn tail and run instead of attacking. This does not mean that you should be careless should you encounter a bobcat in the wild, however. As with all animals, bobcat mothers will fight ferociously when their young are threatened, and there is always a possibility that an especially aggressive bobcat might have rabies. If encountered in the wild, treat bobcats with respectful caution.
The housecat and its owner in this video thankfully didn't have to care too much about these things. The glass separated them from their wild visitor, which might have been a good thing, too, as the unannounced visit did not amuse the small housecat.
After the housecat had scratched the glass, the startled bobcat seemed surprised to see the cat looking back at him through the glass. After all, the cat most likely hadn't been there when it had stretched out to take its nap. Luckily, the homeowner had the camera ready to capture the encounter. She started to record the adorable interaction between the two in order to show everyone online. We are so happy she filmed it!
The housecat paced around as the bobcat just sat quietly and observed. The similar coloring of the housecat might even have confused the wild visitor for a second. Had it stumbled upon the territory of another, albeit smaller bobcat? It took a second to seemingly ponder what is going on. The housecat, meanwhile, was very interested in the visitor. It paced back and forth, tried to get a look at the wild cat from every angle and kept trying to get its attention.
The two cats also touched noses through the glass before the wild animal decided it was ready to go back to sleep. Completely understandable, as it would only get a few more hours before it needed to be up again for the night. It gets up and moves over to the other side of the glass before settling back down for another nap. Despite the little housecat trying one last time to get a reaction by pawing the glass, this bobcat was quite ready to call it a day. Still, this is definitely one of the cutest videos you will see online!
What did you think of this wonderful interaction? What did you expect to happen? Let us know in the comments, and make sure to pass this video along to your friends and family!