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I was in the kitchen chatting with my lodger, when we heard a weird meow from the living room. I thought that Aggie or the cats were having a spat. In the living room everything seemed normal, except Tondo was puffed out and bushy tailed. It didn't seem that he was having an argument with Aggie or Tilde, who both looked calm and unconcerned.

Then suddenly I saw in the darkness of the unlit conservatory a fox! It was on the table looking at us in the living room! I could not believe my eyes. The fox must have come inside through the open window to get at the cat food on the table.

The fox immediately slunk away and out of the window. I went after it making sure it was gone.

I will have to stop leaving cat food in the conservatory. This is quite disconcerting.

#2073 116 days ago
Was it Basil?
  116 days ago 
I didn't have time to ask his name, Caroline.
  116 days ago 
😮😮 It's amazing!!
  116 days ago 
I don't know, Jara. I am a bit worried about the safety of my cats. I like to think that the cats and foxes see each other on a daily bases and know how to get along. But seeing the fox coming inside is spooky.
  116 days ago 
How exciting. Although if I saw a Fox on my Property here & reported it, I'd have a whole Army of people here & it would be front page News in the Newspaper. We have no Foxes in Tasmania & we want to keep it that way. But they are pretty creatures. Still, I can understand that you don't wish them to come inside your home as you don't know how they would react with your fur family. They might carry Diseases too. xx
  116 days ago 
After the fox left, I locked the cat flap on the door leading from the conservatory to the garden and closed the window. I wanted to keep my cats inside until tomorrow at least. A few minutes later I see Earl Grey in the conservatory.

I entered the conservatory wanting to shoo Earl Grey away. I didn't want my pets upset again. However, Earl Grey was trapped there. This was the first time I have seen him close up. He was trying to get out, but not really panicking. His face was completely blank like a fox's face. There was not the slightest response to me in his face. This is a completely feral cat.

I opened the window to let him out, but he didn't do that. I think he was afraid to use the window, because I had been near it. He kept bashing the cat flap and eventually opened it by lifting it up.

What an eventful evening we are having.

  116 days ago 
Dont let them mix together,its a worried ,and how big or small this fox and can eneter the conservatory,,
  116 days ago 
was earl grey in the conservatory before you locked the flap and if not, how did he get in when the flap was locked.....I do hope you always lock the flap when you have errands to run..It is extremely dangerous for a fox to be inside with your pets..OMG it could have been disastrous
  116 days ago 
That's really shocking!
  116 days ago 
Suzanne, the cat flap was locked only one way, preventing cats from going out only. I didn't think that the fox could come in through the cat flap. (In retrospect, I could have been wrong about that.) It's also possible that Earl Grey may have been hiding in the conservatory already at the same time as the fox was there.
  116 days ago 
Arline, a fox is a fairly small animal. Bigger than a cat. They are like a 6 - 12 kg dog, but they are very furry with a very big bushy tail. This makes them look bigger.

They could kill a cat, but I have never know this to happen. They mainly eat garbage in cities. Tondo is a worry, because he always wants to chase the foxes.

A big cat like Earl Grey is as big as the average fox and would make a formidable opponent. Our Tondo is a little Napoleon. He doesn't know he is small.

  116 days ago 
Oohh!!! No words!🦊 Foxes in living room is not funny any more!
  116 days ago 
He didn't come into the living room, Carol. He was only in the conservatory, where I feed the cats. I have to stop putting food out there.
  116 days ago 
I found a picture in google to show you the size of the fox. It looks fairly large, but they are mainly fur.
  116 days ago 
They are beautiful animals. But their right place is in woods and forests.
  115 days ago 
Please marta, always make sure both your cats are inside the house and the cat flap locked when you go out for errands..I hate to think of the damage to your pets if one was inside..a fox outside is not as bad but inside your home with your pets is a disaster..please be careful.. wild animals are never to be trusted around pets
  115 days ago 
I know, Suzanne. I do keep the cats inside. They come out with me and Aggie. I think they are aware of the fox more than I am. I doubt if the fox would come right inside the house through the catflap, but maybe it could.
  115 days ago 
  115 days ago 
Well said, Carol Foxes are very pretty, but they should stay in woods.
  115 days ago 
Many animals have fully adapted to city life. Urban foxes are very widespread in London and other large cities. While urban foxes are the same species as rural foxes, they have become used to humans. The difference between urban foxes and rural fixes is similar to the difference between feral cats and genuine wild cats. I don't think that it would be possible to relocate urban foxes to the countryside, even if it was possible from the practical point of view.
  115 days ago 
I never rea;ized that although they still have the wild in them no matter how urban they have become..I could never trust them
  115 days ago 
The fox must of been hungry to come in side like that , glad your pets are safe Marta xxx
  115 days ago 
I am sure you are right, Anne. On one level I feel for the foxes, but I am not comfortable around them. I have to be more careful where I feed the cats. The foxes come only for food. Feedeing them attracts even more of them.

Some people feed the foxes, but I don't think this is a good idea. It doesn't seem the same as feeding stray cats. Don't ask me why it is different. I don't really know.

Do we want to have trap neuter and release programs for foxes? Should we trap them and treat them for mange and other parasites and diseases? I don't know. Where do we draw the line? Should we treat rats in the same way? Somehow I don't think so. I choose to ignore the foxes and hope they leave me alone.

  115 days ago 
He must of been hungry 😋
  115 days ago 
It's spring when foxes have little ones. I does make them more pushy and visible in the streets. The babies are very cute and also noisy.
  115 days ago 
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