Frankly, I am sick to my stomach and heartbroken.
While visiting blogs, I was reading one where one of their cats has been missing for approx 2 or 3 days.
They stated that it seems their cat had been seen by someone in the neighborhood, and that the cat was BEING ATTACKED BY A COYOTE. They went on to say that said neighbor "broke up the attack", and that the "cat didn't appear to be THAT hurt."
They are hoping the cat is off somewhere "licking it's wounds" and that it will return home.
The AWFUL Truth?
The poor cat is probably DEAD.
The coyote more than likely returned to complete what it had set out to accomplish to begin with, or, the poor cat died a most horrific and painful death.
I am NOT against cats being outside while SUPERVISED.
I understand many people have living situations and a litany of reasons, why they allow their cats to be outside without supervision, (acreage, "non-busy streets", "safe areas", etc.) but MOST PEOPLE DO NOT RESIDE IN THESE AREAS.
I AM TIRED OF READING ABOUT CATS BEING ATTACKED BY COYOTES.
I AM TIRED OF READING ABOUT CATS BEING KILLED BY CARS.
My heart is breaking at the thought of what probably happened to this poor cat.
I nearly became physically ill and almost broke down crying when I read that post.
I gasped audibly.
I pray with all of my heart that the cat wasn't horribly hurt and that it DOES return home.
It is highly unlikely.
I am aware of allowing your cat to be outdoors unsupervised being a personal decision, my intent is NOT to pass judgement, but to prevent the senseless deaths of too many cats that have passed due to outdoor dangers, I am BEGGING AND PLEADING if you OWN A CAT....if you aren't outside WITH THAT CAT....PLEASE, PLEASE KEEP IT INSIDE.
FROM THE HUMANE SOCIETY:
Protecting your pet cat
I had a friend who lost her cat after it was killed by a coyote, way before I ever began blogging, and witnessing her pain in person was one of the most gut-wrenching scenes that I have experienced.
Our pets COUNT ON US TO PROTECT THEM, PLEASE PLEASE, if you ARE NOT OUTSIDE WITH YOUR CAT(s), PLEASE BRING THEM INSIDE!!!!!