A small fluffy bundle...

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I walk to work (about 10 minutes) and this morning spotted a small fluffy bundle on top of a wall. I didn't really have time to check it out, but it played on my mind all day.

I checked it out on the way home, and it's a dead cat sad I work shifts (which is why I'm posting 12 hours after I first saw it) and have tomorrow off. I need advice on what to do:

a) Nothing
b) Go back with a cardboard pet carrier and rubber gloves and contact the local vet in the morning
c) Call the emergency vet and/or some kind of local council department

I don't think I'm heartless enough for option a. I was incredibly grateful to the stranger who took my cat to the vet when he was run over even though he didn't pull through. Option b seems logical but I would have to store it in the dustbin as I don't really want it in the house, but that seems disrespectful. Option c might be the proper way to do things, but I'd like to know that the owner knew what had happened.

I don't have dc's so am free to go with the MN verdict! Thank you thanks

RightUpMyRue Mon 10-Oct-11 20:23:28


How will you find the owner with any of the options unless the cat is microchipped?


I take it there was no id tag?

You're a good person.

Thank you!

Katherine, I didn't get that close; the poor thing was curled up as if it were asleep and I didn't want to touch it without gloves should have nicked some from work

Anyone have any clues as to which department I should google if I go for council? Also, is storing someone's dead pet in the dustbin (empty) an ok thing to do?!

our vet will scan dead pets to see if they are microchipped and then dispose of them if there is no way of id'ing them

so i would do B

MissPenteuth Mon 10-Oct-11 20:31:15

Different councils might have different rules, but when we found a dead cat in our garden sad the council refused to take it. They would have taken it from the roadside, but not a private garden. So be wary of taking it home if you don't want to have to dispose of it yourself (or find the owners).

You're lovely for not just leaving it there though. Poor kitty.

I've also put it as my fb status, and am off to google the emergency vet number. I can at least ring them and collect if they can't.

I was so grateful to the kind person who took my cat down when he was run over, this is my turn to do the right thing!

FroOOOOOtshoOOOOOOts Mon 10-Oct-11 20:39:27

I have taken 2 dead cats in to my local vets (not at the same time!). I put them in a box and took them in.
The vets scanned them for any id and then send them to the crematorium with the other 'waste' sad afaik.
I also put posters up.
I think they were feral cats though as no one ever came looking for them.

The nice chap is going to get the duty vet to ring me back.

It's quarter to nine in the evening here, so I can't just walk into a surgery - which is why I pondered the carrier and dustbin (out of the way of foxes) idea smile

whojamaflip Mon 10-Oct-11 20:51:22

I used to work for the council as Animal Warden and we would always go out and collect the animal, check for collar or microchip and if no id would store it for 7 days in the freezer at the depot, to give owners a chance to report their pet missing. After that they would be sent for incineration if not claimed.

Give the Environmental Health dept a ring - check out your councils website for nos or email.

Or you could pop it down your local vets tomorrow and they should scan it foc. They most likely will dispose of it for you as well.

Apparently my local council will just dispose, so the poor mite is going to stay in my bin for the night sad

Then I can take it to the surgery in the morning, and hopefully the owner will be notified

It's safe with me, the vet is only 2mins away so I'll take it in first thing tomorrow.

It's tiny sad

Aw, that's so sad. Probably one of this years kittens.

Oh, Katherine, no! sad

Havingkittens Mon 10-Oct-11 21:48:13

That's lovely of you. If it were my cat I would be really grateful to a kind soul like you for going to the trouble. They will be sad, I'm sure, but at least it won't mean they spend weeks looking for it and hoping it will come home. I think posters if a good idea too, giving the number of the vet you have contacted if you can't face breaking the news to the owner.

I saw what I thought was a dead cat on the side of a road at night a few months ago and called the local RSPCA number. They said they wouldn't send someone to fetch it but that they would make a note in case anyone called to report a missing cat.

SheepAreSuper Mon 10-Oct-11 21:51:23

Not sure where you are but my local council dog warden will assist with collection and identification I'm these circumstances. Your general council contact number should be able to put you through to the right department.

Thanks, the duty vet's advice was that our local council would dispose of the body like any other rubbish sad

A wonderful person took my cat (the ginger one on my profile) to the vet earlier this year when he was run over. I never found out who, but did put an ad in the local rag to say thank you. So this feels like Karma - it's my "turn". Cynical DP agrees shock he's away for work so didn't know til too late

blush For anyone still following, I have made a total twat of myself. It wasn't a dead cat. It was a toy cat. I dropped it off to the vet this morning, and they just rang back to tell me blush

AKMD Tue 11-Oct-11 12:58:34

So sad... until your last post. That is hilarious, sorry. Must have been a realistic cat!

Sorry but I did burst out laughing! How did you not realise?!

Don't woryy, the vet and I were in giggly hysterics! I don't know how I'm going to face them when the cat's jabs are due!

It was just curled up on top of a 6' brick gate pillar thing. I saw a cat face, and assumed the worst.

Am I the biggest twat on MN today? I must be!

missmogwi Tue 11-Oct-11 13:04:41

Really? grin and blush for you!

JjandtheBeanlovesUnicorns Tue 11-Oct-11 13:06:42

I followed this thread <lurker> all sorrowfull, but that, that's hilarious grin


I was getting all upset (pregnant) so am very pleased to read the end of this thread! Classic!!

MrsDanverclone Tue 11-Oct-11 13:06:50

Reading this with tears in my eyes, even more so, now I've read you last post grin

I'm not imaginative enough to make this up blush

I don't know whether to nominate myself for Classics or report so the thread can be deleted due to the sheer weight of shame

<can't see for tears of laughter emoticon>

AKMD Tue 11-Oct-11 13:09:17

Already reported for Classics...

ripstheirthroatoutliveupstairs Tue 11-Oct-11 13:10:27

Brilliant. It must have been one of those horrid ones that are made out of proper cat or rabbit fur.
You deserve a reward though for two reasons.
Being bothered in the first place
Owning up.

noooooooooooooooooooo my shame will live forever blush

I like my name, too, and don't want to change blush


ljgibbs Tue 11-Oct-11 13:11:05

grin That is so funny, have you updated your facebook yet <sniggers>

TheLittleFriend Tue 11-Oct-11 13:11:36

OMG! The vets must have thought you were having a laugh! That is hilarious, thank you so much for posting that.

isthisweird Tue 11-Oct-11 13:11:55

Was wondering how a thread with only 29 posts could possibly be in classics. Thought it was a mistake, but no, well worth it.

Proper belly laughs here.

Sorry OP blush you sound very kind.


m0nkeynuts Tue 11-Oct-11 13:13:48

Hilarious!! Must have been a VERY well made toy cat!

poorbuthappy Tue 11-Oct-11 13:14:48

I did wonder why this was in classics grin
Brilliant... Well perhaps not so good for you but thank you!! Here have another grin

RedRubyBlue Tue 11-Oct-11 13:15:49

It is like the Canadian fire department who spent hours trying to rescue a bear cub from a tree.

It was a black bin liner. grin

missmogwi Tue 11-Oct-11 13:18:15

grin cheered up a miserable, rainy day OP. It was a lovely thing to do anyway and made us all laugh

I've been crying with laughter for the last 10 minutes

Yes, it's on my facebook - how could I not be proud of getting a thread into classics?! I also asked for advice on there last night grin

The vets and nurses know me (by sight at least) my now deceased cat was in the process of registering for Pets as Therapy and I have another cat and a house rabbit, so I have animals registered as patients there


Blondeshavemorefun Tue 11-Oct-11 13:20:51

After reading your status on fb I had to come and find this

How the hell could you not tell the difference between a dead cat and a stuffed pussy lol

I crying silently with laughter at my desk. Thank you, OP.

AndTheWinnerIs Tue 11-Oct-11 13:25:30

Big belly laughs here as well op, thank you for brightening up a very shitty day.
Toy cat ahahah

ellisbell Tue 11-Oct-11 13:25:46

another one wondering how a 29 post thread ended up in classics - but it was worth it. Of course some poor child is now agonising over their lost kitty so you still have the problem of reuniting it with its owner.......have you put up found posters where it "died"?

Schnarkle Tue 11-Oct-11 13:26:12

That's hilarious. Never have I seen a thread take such a sudden sharp turn like that grin

KnottyLocks Tue 11-Oct-11 13:27:22

Fabulous grin

You're going to have to put it back where you found it now!

VeronicaSpeedwell Tue 11-Oct-11 13:30:29


MissPenteuth Tue 11-Oct-11 13:31:56

Was it one of the creepy realistic ones like these? They have batteries in to make it look like they're breathing, I swear thay really do look like dead cats.

OvOntToSuckYourBlood Tue 11-Oct-11 13:32:38

Oh. My. God.

I'd never be able to go back to that vets!


Brilliant grin That gave me a much-needed laugh.

You do realise that you've probably stolen someone's toy cat (or creepy garden ornament), dont you? Are you going to smuggle it back?

I'm trying to upload the photo now that was taken to show DP what excitement he's missing by buggering off to a conference. I'll link once I've sorted it blush

EggyAllenPoe Tue 11-Oct-11 13:39:34

OH that is very funny. what a relief!


KnottyLocks Tue 11-Oct-11 14:02:38

You're going to have to replace it under the cover of darkness.

You got a balaklava?

Tenebrist Tue 11-Oct-11 14:03:17

Oh god, is the photo on your profile yet. The last photo is of this curled up orange fluffball and it does look incredibly realistic - or is that your real cat? I'd have been taken in completely until I picked it up and realised that a toy cat weighs a lot less than a real dead cat.

RatherBeOnThePiste Tue 11-Oct-11 14:06:02

This has made me genuinely laugh out loud!! I was all worried about the little cat, the microchip, the sad owner, etc etc

<arfetty arfetty arf>


<wipes tears of laughter away>

Havingkittens Tue 11-Oct-11 14:10:29

If it makes you feel slightly better, the "what I thought was a dead cat" in my post turned out to be a fox cub but I only found this out after my OH had called the RSPCA for me after I'd called him all upset!

wellwisher Tue 11-Oct-11 14:11:08


SpawnChorus Tue 11-Oct-11 14:11:22




You deliciously bonkers person. How could you have picked it up and not twigged??? grin

LadyClariceCannockMonty Tue 11-Oct-11 14:12:04

This is the most hilarious thing I've heard for a long long time.

grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin grin

But OP, you are a Good Person and it would have been a lovely thing to do had it been real!

LeBOF Tue 11-Oct-11 14:14:23

Is it very wrong that I now want to buy a realistic toy cat just to flush out MNers in my vicinity?

LizaTarbucksNonSmokingAuntie Tue 11-Oct-11 14:24:30

Purple I want you to be my best friend please.

You have made me grin grin grin my pants off

AKMD Tue 11-Oct-11 14:41:21

I wonder what the vet's bill will say? "Consultation on 1 x toy cat" LOL. "Miss Polly had a dolly that was sick, sick, sick..."

Cheers for the photo! To be fair, in the dark and rain it really would look like a dead cat.

It's the curled up black and white one on my profile. I had to pop out for a job interview, so have sorted it now I'm back.

The ginger one is my deceased fluffball, Mango, who was taken to the vet by a kind stranger when he was run over by a car earlier this year - probably why I was so keen to help this one!

I picked it up with gloves, and it was half past nine at night therefore dark.


mistressploppy - I'm with you on every point!

I actually laughed out loud, for real, when I got to the unexpected denouement!

I'm sorry you feel silly, but oh my goodness that's cheered me right up!

LizaTarbucksNonSmokingAuntie Tue 11-Oct-11 15:22:30

Oh I'm so sorry - what a nightmare but hey at least you have all your lovely friends here to point and laugh express their sympathy!

rubyrubyruby Tue 11-Oct-11 15:25:29

Brilliant grin

Oh just brilliant. Have just laughed for about 10 mins.

OP you are priceless smile

I'm still giggling three hours later shock

DNephew was given a ginger FurReal cat last Christmas after falling in love with my pair of real ones (he's DP's nephew, which is why he only met them as adults) so I should have bloody known!


Ben10WasTheSpawnNowWeLoveLego Tue 11-Oct-11 15:51:58

hahahahahahaha grin

LynnCSchreiber Tue 11-Oct-11 15:59:36


You are my favourite MNetter. How could you not notice that it was a toy?

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 11-Oct-11 16:06:10

At the beginning of the thread I was thinking that you're a very kind-hearted MR-er. I'd be very grateful for anyone who helped my cats out at the end.

And now? Now I think you're a slightly short-sighted, but still very kind, erm plonker. That is too funny although I can imagine how it would happen.

Well done you anyway.

HazeltheMcWitch Tue 11-Oct-11 16:06:43

Arrrrggghhhhh. You're not an MR-er. I don't even know what one of those is. I obvs meant MN-er...

This is absolutely priceless purple. I'm so glad it wasn't a zombie cat grin

SeaShellsOnTheSeaShore Tue 11-Oct-11 16:39:33

grin oh that is superb...you will go down in folklore at that practice smile smile

TheOldestCat Tue 11-Oct-11 16:47:51

I've had a dreadful day - this has made me laugh my socks off. Nice work, purplewerepidj.

Hope you get the job; karma should reward you for your kind-heartedness.

ZombiesAtYourCervix Tue 11-Oct-11 16:51:33

Oh. My. God.





Raahh Tue 11-Oct-11 16:52:15

This is so funny- made my day.grin

I shared it with DH- the man who looked after a bonsai tree for 6 months, not at all concerned that it didn't grow (they are meant to be small, after allhmm).

It was plastic.

Seashells, I did suggest to the nice vet lady that it would make a good anecdote for the next conference she attends grin

Oldest, I bloody hope so!

Raahh, I'm soooooooooooo glad it's not just me blush

GrimmaTheNome Tue 11-Oct-11 17:19:01

Raahh - my DH was looking after his mum's plants when she was ill and diligently watered an artificial leopard lily. (It was quite realistic - from a distance.)

So, purple - who gets the cat? Can it be resurrected with a few AA batteries? grin

My Mum has a fake orchid flower that she keeps in the real orchid pot so there is always a bloom. Fools most folk grin

The cat is being dealt with by the vet


SeaShellsOnTheSeaShore Tue 11-Oct-11 17:29:26

(as a member of the profession I can almost guarantee that Purple!)

So you handed in the black bin bag to the vet? I can just imagine them opening the bag all tentatively, waiting to hold their breath for the smell etc. They must have been on the floor in hysterics! grin grin Brilliant!!

wompoopigeon Tue 11-Oct-11 19:37:25

Thank you. I have had such a shit day at work and this has made me guffaw out loud.
You sound like a lovely person. A loon obviously, but a lovely one.

LizaTarbucksNonSmokingAuntie Wed 12-Oct-11 08:02:13

You are a legend, just for coming back and sharing the ending.

I'm still chuckling this morning, but trying to work out how to tell the story without it sounding like it wa sme.

err right, there was this woman on...... err the internet.....

OctonautsOnRepeat Thu 20-Oct-11 09:41:07

So....does that mean someone is wondering why you stole their toy cat? grin

You are a kind-hearted person Purple.

FairyArmadillo Sat 22-Oct-11 10:24:40

Bumping into active convos.

Funniest thing I've read in ages!

Thumbwitch Wed 02-Nov-11 01:02:29

And it's going back into Active Convos again after being linked to from this thread: www.mumsnet.com/Talk/mumsnet_classics/a1333307-Thing-I-Read-on-Mumsnet-That-Still-Make-Me-Laugh-Even-Years-Later#28242581

True classic! Love it. Well done Pidj smile and thanks for the giggle.

Oh bless you OP that did make me larf! grin

Does look real though.

purplepidjin Fri 04-Nov-11 17:49:30

Thank you, whomoved, I think you're the first person on here what has actually come out and agreed with me!

<very proud to now be in both Classics and Talk Round Up>

BestIsWest Fri 04-Nov-11 23:21:10

You loon! I have just snorted wine all over my laptop.

Don't care if it is an old thread.

TimeForCake Sat 05-Nov-11 10:03:54

Oh Pidj, I have just read this from Talk round up. grin Bless you for caring so much... and giving us all a good giggle! grin

Onemorning Sat 05-Nov-11 21:43:37

I have just annoyed my husband by howling with laughter. I couldn't even explain why I was laughing so hard. My face is soaked.

Thank you.

BillyBottomcheek Sat 05-Nov-11 21:54:43

I just saw this in active convos and have given myself a headache trying (and failing) not to laugh.
grin. grin

Lovely thread thanks, purple you are a lovely person and (even if unintentionally) a brilliant comedian! grin grin

LauraCYMFT Sun 06-Nov-11 19:56:49

I just read this on the mumsnet round up email and I have to say I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. Having said that, those darn toys look so real these days I can see how it may have fooled you!

BitofSparklingPerry Fri 14-Dec-12 23:02:44


Wallace Sat 15-Dec-12 13:39:21

Need to see the photo!

PurplePidjin Sun 06-Apr-14 22:11:04

Better late than never, eh?!

SeymoreButts Sat 12-Apr-14 05:24:07

pidj I am crying with laughter reading this! Brilliant. grin

RudolphLovesoftplay Sat 12-Apr-14 06:13:35

Brilliant grin

ItsSpringBaby Sat 12-Apr-14 06:19:42

To be fair it does look almost real hehe

HeadfirstForTHiddy Thu 24-Apr-14 21:15:09

Oops, haha grin

MissMarplesBloomers Fri 25-Apr-14 17:30:28

Specsavers OP?

LouiseMarie838 Fri 25-Apr-14 17:39:51

Oh wow, this is brilliant :-D Sorry that you felt stupid, but I'm sure we are all very grateful for the laugh.....consider your mistake a public service ;-)

Chiefsquawtbt Fri 25-Apr-14 17:42:30

Oh this is absolutely brilliant purplewerepidj! I've had a bloomin week and a half with my 2 teenage little bitches DDs and this has cheered me up no end.

Poppiesway Fri 25-Apr-14 17:57:02

How did I miss this? Just read in my weekly round up..
Oh op I'm crying with laughter as is ds2 who is 7 and wanted to know what was wrong !

Thankgod there are people like you in the world. Some faith in humanity restored smile

NCFTTB Fri 25-Apr-14 17:58:44

This reminds me of that fantastic, hilarious Specsavers ad too!

GladGran Fri 25-Apr-14 21:10:33

it really does look like a real cat from your photo. I had to ring the RSPCA last night about a baby magpie in a trap. They were great but it was all legal. I asked what would happen to the baby magpie - "It will be dispatched". Caught because of all the other wild birds nesting in the area, by a bird lover. Magpies raid the nests of other birds. Difficult.

minimalistmum Fri 25-Apr-14 21:28:17

this just made my day - THANK YOU!

frolixpk Fri 25-Apr-14 21:54:06

Oh bless you Hun! It does look real I have to admit!! Cheered me up though!

Willabywallaby Sat 26-Apr-14 06:48:15

That's dedication to a thread OP.

Does look scarily real to me.

JulesJules Thu 01-May-14 16:29:02

Just seen this on the roundup.


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