Be warned: your beloved cat is far too easily killed outside.
by Eleanor Conry
(Jupiter, Florida, USA)
I adopted a pure white Cat at the age of about 5 to 6 months several years ago. I do not like the idea of allowing a cat to have outside freedom but Cat (yes, that was her name) just about went crazy trying to get outside. It was clear she was perfectly miserable living exclusively in the house. So, with misgivings, I finally allowed her to go out and come back in again as she pleased.
Only two nights ago, I let her out around 11 pm and she did not arrive on her normal windowsill the next morning. Throughout that day, I still did not find her. Around 4:00 pm, I began walking around the nearby neighbors hollering for her while beginning to believe something was definitely wrong. Shortly, the next door neighbor arrived home from work and told us that they had found Cat in their front yard early that morning. She was clearly dead and had been badly chewed up by another animal. I'm sure it was a raccoon. Needless to say, I was devastated and must have screamed and cried for several hours just as Cat MUST have cried loudly and pitifully while being chewed up by her attacker.
The worst of it for me was realizing how badly she must have suffered. I will forever be grateful to the neighbor who prevented me from having to see her and they buried her themselves.
If EVER I get another cat, I will definitely only consider a young kitten who I hopefully will train to walk outside only on a leash but otherwise to be strictly an indoor cat.