Cat owner in a flap as foxy scavengers invade

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A PET owner has expressed her fears for neighbourhood felines after noticing large numbers of foxes living in her area of Highfield.

Sharmane Easton, 25, of Thriftfield in Hemel Hempstead, has repeatedly seen up to seven foxes in her garden at night time.

She fears that her one-year-old moggy, named Minxy, and other cats in the neighbourhood could be under threat from the nocturnal intruders.

She said: “It’s not just my garden, it’s the whole area around here.

“There was a stray grey cat around here that we’ve tried to catch previously and it was found in a neighbour’s garden. It looked like it had been eaten by foxes.

“I’ve spoken to the RSPCA but they’ve said they can’t do anything about foxes.”

A spokesman for the Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said that unless a fox has been injured, then the organisation has no remit to get involved.

The charity does, however, put out a lot of advice on how to deal with foxes effectively, and believes that cats are at little or no risk of attack from foxes.

It says that due to both cats and foxes being present in large numbers in towns such as Hemel Hempstead on a nightly basis, if foxes did attack cats then reports would be plentiful.

It was also reported that when observed, foxes and cats either ignored each other, or the foxes were chased away.

The RSPCA’s belief that cats are not at risk from foxes is supported by a lack of reported attacks.

Staff at the Barton Lodge Veterinary Surgery in Midland Road said they have never had any cats brought in with injuries caused by foxes.

It is recommended that any potential food sources for foxes are securely hidden at night.