Friends… Or What? (Cat & Deer)

Just another day in the suburbs…

Why does this deer, three times the cat’s size, let herself be buffaloed by the cat? Is it some instinct that tells her cats are predators? Like, where there’s a little one, there are bound to be bigger ones?

And then when the cat turns to leave, the deer follows him.

What’s going on here?

5 comments on “Friends… Or What? (Cat & Deer)

  1. That’s pretty amazing. The deer was obviously very curious about the cat, but only from a safe distance.

    Deer are common in my yard and sometimes they will be out there when I take my cat outside. She’ll crouch, and watch them intently. In return, the deer never let her out of their site.

    1. The differences between a Mountain Lion and a house cat are mostly a matter of scale. I’ve seen videos of numerous tame Mountain Lions and they behave exactly like a domestic cat, albeit, if something goes wrong, the consequences are much greater with the Mountain Lion.

      The neighborhood deer are accustomed to humans. I’ve had them come within 10’ of me, of their own volition. However, deer are notoriously poor at judging proportion, soma house cat just looks like a distant Mountain Lion, to them. 🙂

    2. They are beautiful nuisances around here. I’ve had times when I had to delay backing out of the driveway because I didn’t want to break up the herd.

      Last spring, I was riding my bike and a Desert Hare was bounding ahead of me, beside the road. Then it crossed the road and I realized that it was a tiny fawn. Apparently it had been waiting for its mom, beside the road and I frightened it. For something that couldn’t have been more than a few days old, it could sure run.

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