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Heartwarming: Wild Fox and Pet Cat Play-Date

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You probably watched “The Fox and the Hound” when you were little – this is another version: The Fox and the Cat.


Image by JR Staffs Richards via YouTube

Cats and foxes don’t seem like your typical best pals, but two of them were having nothing but pure fun during a play date.

Date or Dealings?

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Foxes and cats both are sly animals. Perhaps they weren’t playing, and instead a much shadier deal was going down.

Is It Possible That They’re Friends?

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They may very well be friends. Neither animal really poses any risk to one another.

On a Group Hunt?

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Perhaps they were scouting prey together. They both like to catch small rodents.

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“fox and cat playing together”, Source: YouTube, Uploaded: JR Staffs Richards

Are Foxes Dangerous?

Wild red fox
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Although fairytales and children’s stories may make us think otherwise, foxes are generally not dangerous to humans or pets like cats and dogs. If anything, we should count ourselves really lucky if we get to spot this iconically ginger feline in real life. 

Also, they’re not really fearsome predators. Their diet mainly consists of rodents, insects, and occasionally, fruit, making them less of a threat than often perceived.

Fox Vs. Cat: How Much Do They Differ?

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Playful ginger cat. Image via Depositphotos

Initially, you might find foxes and cats really similar – if you look quickly a fox kind of just looks like a large ginger cat. But did you know that foxes are actually more like dogs than cats? Belonging to the Canidae family, share more traits with dogs than felines. Their social structures, hunting techniques, and vocalizations differ significantly. Cats, on the other hand, are solitary hunters and rely heavily on stealth and surprise.

Their Iconic Laugh

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A Red Fox’s tail is over half its body length. Image by Alejandro Contreras via Unsplash

Foxes are famous for making sounds almost identical to that of a human laughing.

This “laugh” sort of sounds like a chuckle or a series of quick, sharp barks. While animals don’t really find things funny the way we humans do, their laugh still serves the important purpose of social bonding, play behavior, and showing excitement.

Fox Diet

Red fox
Red fox in forest at daytime Image via Depositphotos

Foxes are omnivores with a varied diet, including small mammals, birds, insects, fruits, and vegetables. They adapt to available food sources, scavenging when necessary. This diverse diet helps them thrive in different environments, from forests to urban areas, showcasing their adaptability and survival skills.

Cat Diet

Gray house cat sleeping on the floor. Image via Depositphotos

Domestic cats are obligate carnivores, primarily eating meat. Their diet consists of small prey like birds, mice, and insects, supplemented by commercial cat food, which provides balanced nutrition. They require a high-protein diet with essential nutrients like taurine, which is vital for their health and cannot be synthesized by their bodies.

Wrapping Up

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Image by JakubMrocek via Depsoitphotos

This cute little insight to an unexpected playdate shows two very different species not only tolerating each other but actually getting along quite well. Although it comes as a surprise to me that foxes are actually more closely related to dogs than cats, these two still strike me as an adorable friendship duo.


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A domestic ginger cat. Image by Michael Sum via Unsplash

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