How Did This Cat Die?
August 18, 2007 6:40 AM Subscribe
Yesterday afternoon one of the neighbours knocked on the door to tell me there was a dead cat in our driveway. I went out to look and it was, distressingly, one of the feral kittens that lives in our neighborhood. However, the cause of death wasn't immediately apparent and the more I thought about it, the more the circumstances seemed kind of odd.
posted by AV to Pets & Animals (22 answers total)
- As I mentioned, the cat was obviously a kitten, probably a few months old (maybe 4-6?).
- It was laying on its side with no obvious signs of trauma. It was far enough into our driveway where the only car that could feasibly have hit it would have been my husband's on his way to work, but it was laying in a wheel rut and would have been driven over (sorry for the gruesome imagery) and as I mentioned, there wasn't any blood or obviously broken bones. He said he didn't feel any odd bumps when he backed out yesterday; also, he didn't see anything in the driveway after he backed out.
- There was a dead mouse about a foot and a half to two feet directly behind the cat, laying the same way (on its side, no obvious gore). I don't think mice are common here - we've never had one in our house and before this, I've never seen any around our neighbourhood.
- The kitten was lean, but not starving. People around here leave out food and water for the cats.
- I didn't get too good of a look at either body because I'm a little squeamish about these things. The closest I got was about three feet away. (The humane society has since picked them up.)
- The way it looked, which I'm pretty sure cannot be the way it actually happened, is that the mouse was chasing the cat Tom and Jerry-style and then they both suddenly keeled over.
- The only other thing I could think of is that they both ate some antifreeze in our driveway, but I just checked and neither of our cars is leaking anything. Also, from the placement of the bodies it looks like they would have died immediately after drinking - I don't think antifreeze works that quickly (does it?)
I am mostly concerned that some someone killed the cat (and mouse) either in our driveway, or put them in our driveway; or that there is some disease circulating among the cats. I also want to do what I can, if anything, to stop more cats from meeting their untimely deaths. Any ideas?