Hawks and Cats
Hello. I live in a fairly large city, but have a big yard with woods on three sides. Max is my 15 pound tabby cat who has freedom inside and outside of my house. He was a rescue from way out in the country so there's no way he can ever be a totally inside cat. He does like to catch animals, but this is mostly mice, wood rats, cicadas and skinks.
Within the last month or so I've seen at least 3 medium sized hawks in my backyard and neighboring yards. I think the nest is next door in some woods. They fly low often and call to each other all day long. They have taken a definate interest in Max, and finally he seems to understand that they are nothing he needs to mess with.
My questions if anybody has any knowledge on this subject are these: Would a hawk(s) ever attack a large adult cat? How would either party fare in such an event?
I've tried to convince this cat to stay away from large screechy birds with big claws and big beaks. Sometimes our children don't listen well however.