"Funny" story about this. Because outdoor cats are fun.
We had a… Slightly. Overweight cat named shearer. When we moved, we moved into a fixer upper on a farm. We did a once over before letting our cat go, as even if he was chubby- he’d find the quickest way out. Shearer grew to love the bathroom, it had a window right over the counter top. For the summer, we opened it and stapled a screen over the empty spot so he could still see outside.
ugh.. Sorry ahead of time. This story is still really painful to type so if something doesn’t make sense i’m sorry.
Anyway. My mother came to visit (her house is about a football field away) and their farmdogs followed. We were all inside, talking and suddenly we hear screaming. Horrid cat yowls and yelping. We ran outside and followed the noise to the creek next to our house. My mom didn’t think twice, she ran down the ravine-like side through briar bushes. She fell, busting her knee open but kept going. I’m out of shape, I couldn’t have made it if i tried. we listened as my mom chased her dogs off, as she tried to pick up the cat and he bit her and took off.She finally had to come up, she had to go to the hospital for stitches. We didn’t know what cat it was at first, it didn’t register. But when my grandmother went back inside I heard
and turned around. She pointed to the bathroom window from the porch. The screen had popped out. And our cat was gone.
It was our cat in the ravine. Our cat was attacked. Our cat was hurt.
I ran inside, got my better shoes on and attempted to go down the ravine. There was barb wire, there was metal sheeting and junk from wind storms. I got halfway down, kept calling him. He would meow, but he wouldn’t come.
I was out there for hours. I was out there sobbing and calling for my cat, because he was well trained. He’d come when we called… Right?
He never came. I never found him.
Don’t assume just because your cats love you, that they will come when being pursued. That they will come when scared.
That they can come when hurt. Or stuck.
Keep your cats inside. You cannot predict the future. You cannot have a say in things like this. If you could? I’d still have my baby boy.
Keep your cats safe inside.
I know you and I have had our differences, but I’m so sorry this happened to you. Thank you for sharing your story, hopefully it will get through to at least some of these outdoor types and prevent another cat and another family from experiencing the same.
It goes to show you that you only need to look away a moment for something terrible to happen.