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can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?

 
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can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
just wonderin'

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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
I wouldnt think so unless cornered. Normally its raccoons that kill cats. If you dont have coyotes that is.
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
yeah, poor old tom cat was dead...hard to say why
\poor bugger...cheers anyway
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
nah possums may be a tasty treat but they are not kitty killers, more likely a psycho rapist racoon did this.
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
My father-in-law's cat was almost killed by a possum. Those possums must have a thousand teeth. Fucked that cat up pretty bad. The irony is a week later my wife's aunt ran over the poor bastard a week later backing out of the driveway!
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
oh well
rest in peace old fella
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
yea i agree they are pretty docile for the most part

they hiss alot but not much more

my small dog had one cornered and was nipping at it and it just hissed and showed its teeth......but didnt atack

thier main attack is playing dead
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
I didn't do it! It just fell over. Choked on a bug I think!
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
I didn't do it! It just fell over. Choked on a bug I think!
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you win!! I feel much better now...:)

cheers!!
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
I think so. When I was a teenager we had a pet opossum. We also had two cats. Nothing ever happened because they tended to avoid each other. One day as an experiment I put the opossum and the cat in a smaller room together just to gauge the interaction between them. The possum opened it's jaws (their mouths are much larger than they appear and have very sharp teeth) to bite the cat. The gape of it's jaws was large enough to completely encompass the cat along it's spine, and appeared it could chomp the cat in half. I immediately separated the two now that my experiment was done. They will naturally avoid each other as best as possible so it shouldn't be a big deal, but if a showdown occurred I'm sure it wouldn't be pretty.
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
Some believe that possums and opossums are both the same animal. This is quite incorrect, however.

The "possum" of North America is just a shorter name for an opossum, but true possums are different from opossums, and not related at all, except by virtue of both animals being marsupials.
Possums belong to the family Phalangeridae and order Marsupialia, while opossums belong to the order Didelphimorphia, although they are also marsupials.
Opossums are found only in North America, although there is a "water possum", also known as the yapok, which is found in central and South America.
True possums are found in New Guinea, Australia (including Tasmania), Sulawesi (Indonesia) and a few other small islands in the Pacific region. Although not native to New Zealand, the brush-tailed possum was introduced into that country over a century ago and has subsequently become a pest.
The North American Opossum has a bare tail. All varieties of Australian possums have furry tails.
There are many varieties of possums in Australia (and New Guinea), including Gliders and the Cuscus. there are more limited varieties of the opossum.
Captain Cook's botanist, Sir Joseph Banks, named the Australian animal "Possum", referring to it as "an animal of the Opossum tribe" because he believed there was a physical resemblance.
Opossums were named by Captain John Smith in 1612.
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
Maybe, if it was rabid.
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
ok thanks for that, the reason I ask is there always was a big possum who would come in through the cat "tunnel" (under a step, through the "loo", into the house)...so they may have met there and had at it...
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
Likely a stray dog and nothing but a dog
They conceal themselves well by day the whack all creatures at night
Dogs are psychopathic

nah possums may be a tasty treat but they are not kitty killers, more likely a psycho rapist racoon did this.
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
Some believe that possums and opossums are both the same animal. This is quite incorrect, however.

The "possum" of North America is just a shorter name for an opossum, but true possums are different from opossums, and not related at all, except by virtue of both animals being marsupials.
Possums belong to the family Phalangeridae and order Marsupialia, while opossums belong to the order Didelphimorphia, although they are also marsupials.
Opossums are found only in North America, although there is a "water possum", also known as the yapok, which is found in central and South America.
True possums are found in New Guinea, Australia (including Tasmania), Sulawesi (Indonesia) and a few other small islands in the Pacific region. Although not native to New Zealand, the brush-tailed possum was introduced into that country over a century ago and has subsequently become a pest.
The North American Opossum has a bare tail. All varieties of Australian possums have furry tails.
There are many varieties of possums in Australia (and New Guinea), including Gliders and the Cuscus. there are more limited varieties of the opossum.
Captain Cook's botanist, Sir Joseph Banks, named the Australian animal "Possum", referring to it as "an animal of the Opossum tribe" because he believed there was a physical resemblance.
Opossums were named by Captain John Smith in 1612.
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Interesting. That is why I use the term opossum. I wasn't aware a "possum" had a furry tail.
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
thanks folk's...keep yer kitty's safe....


nighto
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
It is hard to imagine a possum killing anything,they are too timid,even if cornered I think it would put up a bit of a show and then run away at the first opportunity,they are good at getting away.and climbing.for our american friends this is not an opossum
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
My father-in-law's cat was almost killed by a possum. Those possums must have a thousand teeth. Fucked that cat up pretty bad. The irony is a week later my wife's aunt ran over the poor bastard a week later backing out of the driveway!
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Re: What poor bastard got run over, they fucked up cat or the ass kickin possum??
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
Could yes. Would ? Depends on the possum
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
It is hard to imagine a possum killing anything,they are too timid,even if cornered I think it would put up a bit of a show and then run away at the first opportunity,they are good at getting away.and climbing.for our american friends this is not an opossum
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
It is hard to imagine a possum killing anything,they are too timid,even if cornered I think it would put up a bit of a show and then run away at the first opportunity,they are good at getting away.and climbing.for our american friends this is not an opossum
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
Not typically. Maybe it was rabid?

Raccoons, now, that's another story...
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
oz one yes
yank one no
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
oz one yes
yank one no
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wtf

Our rebel possums can kick your wanker possums any day of the week and twice on Sundays!

lol
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
how come they lie down and play dead then- is it so ppl can have soul food?
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
all you do is shout boo at them and they curl up and drool with their tongue out.

some folks in rebel parts of the country relish them.
that and skwull head stew.
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
YES brushtail possums can kill a cat

BIG difference between a brushtail and a ringtail possum - see how far you get trying to pick up a brushtail without being severely mauled, esp. if it's big daddy of the harem. Sorry to hear of your moggy's death.
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
Oppossums do not kill others, they eat dead stuff. If they couldn't get to dead stuff they might kill a lizard or whatever but not unless they had to.
I raised several over the yrs and they are not fighters whatsoever!
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
They stink to high heaven.
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
I wouldnt think so unless cornered. Normally its raccoons that kill cats. If you dont have coyotes that is.
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+1
Sometimes a large fox or another cat, too. We had one get really sick from a copperhead bite. Our neighbors lost their cat because another neighbor was throwing meats in their compost heap and the cat ate the bad meat.
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Re: can a possum, or would a possum, kill a large tom cat?
raccon got a hold of our cat this year and
tore her up and she's not a pampered indoor cat.

the coon could of easily killed her,

possom and skunks rarily have encounters with cats.

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