"Sammy cat "
Losing housecats is not uncommon in our area. We have lost five house cats in 11 years as well as barn cats. Our neighbors have lost cats, chickens, ducks, etc. For the longest time I couldn't figure out why our cats weren't coming home and then I talked with a local trapper.
This nasty looking predator roams our woods and house cat is one of his favorite meals - meet the Fisher Cat. He actually is not a cat at all but a snarly member of the Martin family. They are dark brown to black and sometimes the hair tip has a frosted look. The male has a body about 30 inches long with an approximately 17 inch tail. They have big, lethal teeth. They have five toes, with a foot that measures about 4.5” across at maturity. They have thick fur on the soles of their feet in winter and they are great climbers. They can partially retract their nails which are lethal when tearing apart their prey. They are they only animal that can successfully attack and kill a porcupine.
They make a screaming sound that will send chills right down your spine. I've never seen one in the wild but we did see one at the Gray Animal Park which is a wildlife preserve where they rehabilitate injured animals. This creature was behind two barriers and it was still hissing and spitting at us. Nasty is the only way I could describe it!!
They are nocturnal but they are active both day and night. They have a definite territory and come back through the same place about every two weeks. Fishers have a varied menu and eat snowshoe hare, porcupines, squirrels and chipmunks as well as cats and poultry. Rarely do they eat fish unless it is dead and they happen to find it. They will eat berries and fruit when they can get it.
We have decided that we will not get another housecat. It's too painful to love them and then lose them. We have several barn cats. They serve a purpose, do a great job with rodent control and when one doesn't show up at the feed bowl it's considered normal.