How Does a Bobcat Protect Itself?

According to the National Trappers Association, bobcats defend themselves with their retractable claws and teeth. The bobcat’s claws extend when it feels threatened or if it is climbing or stalking prey. Bobcats have 28 teeth, four of which are canine teeth that can shred meat into sizes that can be swallowed whole, negating the need to chew food.

That National Trappers Association notes that bobcats are territorial and protect what they consider their territory from the invasion of other bobcats and animals. Bobcats may travel as little as a mile per night and stop travelling for the night once enough prey has been found. When stalking prey or defending themselves, bobcats rely on their senses of sight and hearing. Once the bobcat’s prey is within striking distance, the bobcat may pounce on the animal or use its ability to run quickly for a short distance to give chase.

The DFW Wildlife Coalition notes that bobcats are reclusive by nature and are not prone to attack people or children unless they feel threatened. Bobcats are carnivores and eat a variety of small animals including feral cats, rats, rabbits, cottontails, wild birds, mice, chickens, squirrels and small fawns. Cats and small dogs allowed to roam freely without owner supervision may be considered food by a bobcat.