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Mark Atwood
While driving home this evening, I came upon a cat that lost a fight with a car.

The body was still on the asphalt, but even as I passed it, I was able to tell that it hadn't been a ferel. I quickly flipped two U's, pulled up behind it, hit my hazards, and got out.

Her body was still warm, her eyes still clear, the drop of blood on her lip was still wet, and her body was utterly limp. No insects, no stiffness, no bloating. It had probably been minutes before.

She had been well fed with high quality food. Glossy coat, clean claws, pink pads. A housecat, mostly indoors.

No tags. No collar. No tattoo. No microchip.

I set her off onto the side, where her body wouldn't get mangled by some tires, and then drove home, felling sad for her extinguished life, and wondering who out there was missing her, and hoping in vain that she would come home soon.

When I got home, I washed my hands and arms past the elbows, and then stroked my own cats for a long time.

Current Mood: melancholy melancholy

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tonyawinter From: tonyawinter Date: May 12th, 2005 09:04 am (UTC) (Link)

I still think about the night I hit a kitty on my way home, turned around and searched and searched but couldn't find him/her. I still worry that the accident was fatal.
puzzld1 From: puzzld1 Date: May 12th, 2005 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
So sad...it was good of you to stop and move her
raynbow_kitty From: raynbow_kitty Date: May 12th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
*softsobs IRL at the image*
You're a good person, FP.
*pets his own kitten, now*
jezel From: jezel Date: May 12th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry that you had to deal with that, hon. You've seen enough of that for a lifetime.
pr10n From: pr10n Date: May 12th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was good of you. Poor little lassie, deserved better than to die alone.
intrepid_reason From: intrepid_reason Date: May 12th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I fear for Tinker all the time, but she is really stubborn about her outside time, and she's smart, doesn't really go in the street. This makes me want to go home and pet her.

I'm sorry you had to experience it.
kovee From: kovee Date: May 12th, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)


Awww, so sad at least you moved her so she was not long in ther road.
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