I am stressing about the conversation we had, it was all a blur. i am worried I said something I shouldn't IYKWIM. I didn't get chance to ask about the vet so she was probably wondering why I rang the doorbell at all. <worries>
No that's the thing thecat, I never thought it would be any of the neighbourhood cats as it was a good distance away. No idea what she was doing there at all, most of the cats never even leave their own garden round here.
I am sure she will be nothing but grateful to you. And when the initial shock has worn off you can explain to her exactly what happened. It really is so, so sad. I find I can cope with the death of my cats quite well (I have so many old and ill ones it's a common occurance), but I've never had to deal with any sort of accidental death and I just know I would go to pieces if that happened.
I know exactly how you feel about not being able to do anything. A couple of years ago a dog attacked my neighbour's cat in the street. I heard the noise and ran outside (in bare feet and nightie) to try to fight the dog off. Within seconds about 8 neighbours were in the street trying to get the cat off the dog. There was blood everywhere and the noise was horrendous. But between us we managed it and I rushed the cat to the vet and, even though they thought he might lose his leg, as it turned out he made a quick and full recovery. However for the rest of that entire day I was completely unable to function at all - I could manage to sit and drink tea sort of staring into space, but absolutely nothing else at all, all day.
Oh how sad But brilliant that you picked up the cat. I once moved a cat from the road to the verge when I was about 15.
It was still warm when I picked it up - but I just couldn't bear the thought of someone seeing their gorgeous ginger cat squashed (it was a busy road, and chances are it would have very quickly become unrecognisable).
Hi all, sorry I disappeared. Just had a lovely long chat over a cup of tea with my neighbour. The cat was definitely hers (she looked bigger which is why I didn't click I think-plus no collar). She is now buried in her garden.
The neighbour said she was glad that it was me who found her, and rang the doorbell.
I feel bit better-still a bit wibbly. But I am going to do some baking I think, to distract myself.