A cat would win a fight against a rattlesnake. Cats play with their food to tire it out and get the animal to lower its defenses, which is exactly what it would do in a one-on-one fight. The cat would harass the snake from different sides, limiting the snake’s ability to counter.
With snakes, both strategies can work, and cats will make sure to use their deadly claws and teeth to kill the snake in question. If the snake tries to retaliate cats are also capable of jumping up and away from the sudden strike, especially if they’re familiar with snakes.
Cats will actively hunt snakes, and snakes will actively avoid cats. The slithering motion of the snake awakens the cat’s predatory instincts. So, yes, in general, snakes are afraid of cats and not the other way around. Cats are predators, and they will attack other animals around the garden, including snakes.
Outdoor cats may help keep snakes away in two specific ways. The first is by hunting and killing rodents and other prey that snakes use for food. Snakes won’t want to stay in an area with a limited food supply so a cat controlling the rodent population also works to keep snakes away.
No, cats have no immunity to venomous bites. It’s an old wive’s tale. Over the years, we’ve had mountain lions, bobcats, wolves, coyote, dogs and horses bitten by rattlesnakes and they all get sick. Antivenom is given, if it’s caught early enough, within 2 hours of the bite.
“Cats can be afraid of almost anything that is unfamiliar or has threatening qualities — it’s important to remember that although cats are predators, they are ‘mesopredators,’ meaning they are not at the top of the food chain,” says Dr.
Consider natural predators
Cats, foxes, raccoons, turkeys, pigs, and guinea hens are natural predators of snakes. Having these animals on or around your property is an effective natural way to keep snakes at bay. You can also purchase store-bought fox urine to use as a natural snake repellent.