in september 2001 i was driving my daughter to school along a busy 2 lane road when i saw a bunch of kids with what looked like a fox in the road. i pulled over and discovered the 'fox' was a large (although painfully thin) tabby cat. he was the victim of a hit and run. i rushed him to the vets and later found out he had suffered concussion and had lost a tooth.
i took my daughter to see him in the afternoon as she was very upset about what she'd seen. the vets told me he would go to the local rescue centre as he was so neglected, unless i wanted him.
i was living in temporary accomodation with my 3 other cats at the time who shouldn't really have been there, so i said yes.
we moved into a house a month later and thomas (the most laid back cat i have ever met) came too.
9 months later i was in my bedroom when i heard a screech of brakes. i looked out to see thomas running onto the pavement opposite. i thought he'd had a lucky escape.
the next day after no sleep and frantically walking up and down my road calling him, i rang the vets at the top of the road. (ironically the same vets that i'd taken him to when i found him)
a lady had reported finding a large tabby cat curled up underneath her cat on the driveway. my tabby cat thomas. he must have been hit by the car and i saw him doing his death run.
i have 2 kittens who do not go out. we are in the process of building them an enclosure at the moment. tabitha does go out but only in the back garden and she is in all night. she has always been used to going out and at 8 years old it would be cruel to deny her. her days of roaming are over now and she tends to spend most of time indoors.
but milo, shinobi and any future cats will be indoors only.