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My morning has got off to a sad start

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Sparklingbrook Tue 26-Mar-13 09:13:16

I was taking DS1 to school and I noticed a cat had been killed on the dual carriageway. I made a mental note, so I could retrieve it and go and get it scanned for a chip.

On the way home I scooped it up and put it in a bag, and called on my neighbour to ask when her vets opened. (Nearer than ours)

She answered the door in tears looking very distressed as her cat had not come back last night. It quickly became apparent that the cat I had scooped up was her beloved little cat.

I feel horrible. My poor neighbour,. What a shock. sad

weegiemum Tue 26-Mar-13 18:14:52

Despite her jags (that we got religiously) she died of leukaemia 2 years later.

DontCallMeBaby Tue 26-Mar-13 18:32:33

You are so kind to pick the cat up. Mine don't wear collars and I always worry that if something were to happen to one of them a passer-by might see no collar and not bother - it's that extra bit of bother to go to the vet, takes a cat lover and/or a good person to do it.

Sparklingbrook Tue 26-Mar-13 19:03:01

sad weegie. I breaks your heart whenever they go.

Dont Sparkling Cat doesn't wear a collar. She lost four in a week and we had to give up. She is chipped, but I know what you mean.

Strangely the neighbour's cat always wore a collar, but it was missing when I found her. confused

Sparklingbrook Wed 27-Mar-13 06:11:42

Didn't sleep a wink. Can't stop going over it all. sad

cozietoesie Wed 27-Mar-13 08:17:17

It's a death and of course you'll be upset by it for a bit. It will likely also, at some level, have brought back thoughts of your own little cat who was found dead - and also sparklingcat's future.

Myself, I'd go and see how the neighbour is doing, take her a cake or something. Surprisingly, that would probably help you as much as her - and she may not have people to talk to about it. Some folks can be quite cold when someone's animal dies (the 'It was only a cat' brigade.)

Chin up.

bootsycollins Wed 27-Mar-13 08:22:50


Sparklingbrook Wed 27-Mar-13 08:36:12

cozie you are so right. I am a bit of an overthinker too, trying to work out if i could have handled things better. Plus I am a bit over protective of Sparkling Cat.

I am off out with Mum today so will definitely get my neighbour something and maybe some Dreamies for her other cats. smile

Thanks for the flowers bootsy. smile

Sparklingbrook Wed 27-Mar-13 19:11:19

Well i feel better now. I bought my neighbour a candle, and a plant to go by the grave, and some treats for the other cats.

Before I had a chance to go over, she brought me a beautiful bouquet of roses.

Yesterday seems a bit surreal now, but everyone's ok.

cozietoesie Wed 27-Mar-13 19:16:19


crazynanna Wed 27-Mar-13 19:23:20

<<<<hugs>>>> Sparkling

You did a lovely thing, and so deserved the roses smile

greenhill Wed 27-Mar-13 19:25:14

Pleased to hear you are feeling better after yesterday's events x

SecretLindtBunny Wed 27-Mar-13 19:26:52

A friend of a neighbour picked up our Ebony from the road and buried him. The day after, he was speaking to our neighbour and described him to our neighbour and she let my mum know.
We were gutted about him, but knowing someone had had the kindness to pick him up and look after him made it easier to cope with.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Wed 27-Mar-13 19:31:22

Oh Sparkling I remember you from the other thread about the lady who found her cat on the drive. Not a good week. sad

Sparklingbrook Wed 27-Mar-13 19:41:07

You are all lovely. It's nice to have people that understand. Not the 'ewww I couldn't pick up a dead cat' people I have encountered who haven't a clue.

I am trying to treat Sparkling Cat normally. smile

Gay40 Sat 30-Mar-13 20:59:20

It might be a dead cat but to someone it's a much loved part of the family. We found our cat dead in a garden, brought her home and cried a bit, then made the necessary arrangements.
A few hours later our very much alive cat walked up the path hmm

We tried to find out who had lost a cat that looked like ours, but no luck.

Sparklingbrook Sat 30-Mar-13 21:02:20

Exactly Gay.

That's two people on the thread burying cats they thought were theirs. How I wish that was the case for my neighbour.

Deceased cat's 'brother' is looking all over for her. It's heartbreaking.

bootsycollins Sat 30-Mar-13 22:41:08

Gay arw somebody's cat never returned home, that's so sad for the owner.

We were devastated when our lovely boy died after being hit by a car, his cat friend called round for him at the back door as usual every day for at least 6 months after he died sad

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