A SOLIHULL woman has issued a warning to borough residents to be vigilant with young children and animals after her cat was decapitated by a fox.
In a week that has tragically seen the mauling of nine-month-old twin girls by the nocturnal predator, the shocked animal lover, who did not want to be named, told of her horror on discovering her dead pet.
“I live in central Solihull and I have seen foxes and heard them. I used to love them until this happened. On Friday night I heard a cat fighting and I thought it might be mine as she is very territorial and does fight.
“She didn’t come home and the following day I looked for her and found her decapitated. She was completely untouched apart from that - I still haven’t found the head. It was terrible.
“Coincidentally those babies were attacked in London the next day.”
The resident is keen to find out if locals have had similar experiences.
“I don’t think this is a one-off. Foxes are wildlife and feral animals - I used to think they were lovely. I shall never know what really happened but I think people should be aware.”
Meanwhile a Solihull company have launched a device to repel night-time predators.
The Nite Eyes is based on a micro warning light which indicates to animals that hunt or feed at night that they have been discovered or are being watched. The animals are then forced to flee.
Mark Thompson of Interplex Solar based in Vulcan Road said: “The unit is popular with farmers, poultry owners and gardeners in the UK. We now have over 500 farms protecting their poultry & livestock with Nite Eyes.”
The solar-powered device does not require batteries or mains electricity and comes with a magnetic base for easy on-off operation or it can be screwed or wired to fences by two screw points.