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My neighbours cat killed my poor Charlie

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Hi,

A terrible thing happened yesterday - and I watched it all out my window.

Charlie (a big wuss) was fighting with next doors bully cat. The whole village knows he is mean and I have found him in my house before chasing my cats round their own house.

I shouted to my husband to go and scare the other cat off. He ran out shouting and the cats broke up. Charlie ran under a hedge over the road. My husband went to him and he ran away - into a greenhouse he loves. When Justin (my husband) caught up with him, he knew he wasnt right. He came running back to the house looking for a cat box and saying Charlie was foaming at the mouth and 'wasn't right'.

He ran back - meanwhile I was watching out the window the whole time. A minute later Justin was running back to the house mouthing to me' ring the vet!!' and shaking his head. I was screaming NO NO NO!! But inside I was thinking 'its ok - you cant die from a cat fight'.

When Justin got in the door and pulled Charlie out the box. Justin said he was choking (I was too scared to look). A second later I looked at Justin and he said, 'its too late. He's gone'

What happened? My darling boy has died. It seems so surreal - he was there moments beofre, coming in for his breakfast. I lost his brother just 6 months ago. They were both just 3 years old and so beautiful.

Did my next door neighbours cat really kill him? Can that happen? The vets said they would look at him the next day but I just wanted him to rest in peace so we buried him.

But I need to know - did that cat kill my baby? If so, what should I do about it?

Rest in Peace my darling Charlie. You're back with your brother now. Look afater each other until I can be with you again. I love you.
post #2 of 24
Oh, this is absolutely heart wrenching! How very tragic! Barely past the loss of his brother, and now darling Charlie was so suddenly taken from your life, your heart must be broken. I'm so incredibly sorry you lost your precious baby. If only there were words to take away the pain you feel, some way to understand such a tragedy. I pray that you will feel peace in your heart and comfort during your difficult time of grief.
post #3 of 24
I'm so sorry to hear about Charlie. What an awful tradegy. Did you talk to your neighbor and let him/her know what the cat is doing......terrorizing the neighborhood?

I just don't have any words right now other than I'm sorry. This is such a terrible thing to happen and the fact that you witnessed it all is tough too.

Hugs to you.
post #4 of 24
Wow. My heart goes out for you in this extreamly rough time. I am not sure about what to do about that other cat. Talking to its owners after you have had time to calm down some might be a good thing to do. Expect them to be uncooperative possibly though. They might feel liable and not want to be or they might not care, or they might be really sweet people and be heart broken over your loss.. I wish you the best though.
post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by Cirque
Wow. My heart goes out for you in this extreamly rough time. I am not sure about what to do about that other cat. Talking to its owners after you have had time to calm down some might be a good thing to do. Expect them to be uncooperative possibly though. They might feel liable and not want to be or they might not care, or they might be really sweet people and be heart broken over your loss.. I wish you the best though.

I agree to at least try and talk with your neighbors after you've calmed down a little. But don't hold your expectations too high. It may give your heart some closure though, it's worth a shot.

Gosh, I'm so sorry about your situation, it's terrible. Sometimes neighbors can be so unemotional about pets. I had a kitty that would go into my neighbors yard and instead of coming to my family and saying "could you please keep your cat out of my yard" they called the pound on him! And they knew he was our kitty. I hope you have good neighbors who will be sympathetic and kind to you during this time. Please keep us posted, and God bless you.
post #6 of 24
firstly, i'm so sorry for your loss! I know it can't be easy.

QUOTE:
The vets said they would look at him the next day but I just wanted him to rest in peace so we buried him.

sadly without the proof from the vets I personally wouldn't go to the neighbours. Please do tell them there cat is out of control but I would say to them he killed my cat. I've never known a cat fight to get that bad but it really depends on where the other cat hit him.

I think you did the right thing just letting him rest in peace and he's probably having a lovely time at rainbow bridge thinking about the owners who cared so much for him.
post #7 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thank you everyone.

I have spoken to my neighbour who acknowledges that their cat is vicious. He was really apologetic. He said that Boris (his cat) really hated both my cats and would growl at them through the window if he was stuck indoors and saw them.

He said that he is going to try and contact a person who looked after him for 6 months a while back and see if she will take him. I hope he means it and isn't just hoping I won't mention it again.

Something needs to happen as I have a 6 month old kitten (who hasn't been out yet as she isnt yet spayed) and I daren't let her out with him out there. If he can kill an adult cat, my tiny kitten will be too easy for him.

I just wondered if anyone had ever heard of this happening before? I appreciate I have no proof that it was Boris but I watched it all - they were fighting and minutes later Charlie was dead. What else could have happened?
post #8 of 24
My gosh. I've never seen that happen before, so I'm sorry I can't help you there.

I just wanted to say that I'm terribly sorry for your loss. Your story made me tear up, and I can only imagine how you must feel. It's great that your neighbor was understanding. All I can really say is to keep on him and make sure he follows up on his word. I'm so sorry sweetie.
post #9 of 24
honey, i am so sorry for your loss and i am more sorry you had to witness it... my heart goes out to you...
you may not agree with me, but you might want to think about letting your kitten just be an indoor cat, especially if Boris is fighting with all the other cats. i agree with you, i think a kitten would be more vulnerable if left outside and i would hate for something like this to happen again. it is not worth it. but then again, animals fight, if it is not boris, it may be a different cat the next time, i see cat fights in my backyard all the time, there has never been anything serious though... its completley up to you, but if you think she is gunna be in danger, go with your gut and keep her inside at least until she is bigger or boris is gone, or if you feel that she will be okay
post #10 of 24
I am SO sorry that this has happened to your poor Charlie.
post #11 of 24
I´m so sorry, RIP sweet Chalie...
post #12 of 24
i am so sorry about your poor charlie and my heart goes out to you....take care.
post #13 of 24
How horrible, poor Charlie. I am so sorry this happened to your sweet baby. You will be in my thoughts. Hugs: RIP Charlie
post #14 of 24
I'm sorry about Charlie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband.
post #15 of 24
I would keep your kitten inside, she may carry some of Charlie's scent and if so is likely to trigger an attack. I would also contact animal control and let them know about this renegade cat and your loss. They will depending on their regulations pay a visit and be sure the cat is licensed and up to date on all vaccinations and also warn the person about letting the cat out- How sad for Charlie, it is a quick death if the cat get's bit on the neck, but it is so tragic. I have only seen it one time and hope never to see it again.
post #16 of 24
I am so sorry about the sudden loss of your beautiful little cat.
post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks again everyone. Your kind words really help.

I don't intend to let my kitten out for a while until she is a lot bigger - she is still really quite small. However, she brings me on to the next problem.

She really loved Charlie. She would follow him round the house and get as close to him as he would let her. She loves us but I get the feeling we aren't enough for her. I keep trying to play with her as much as possible but she kind of sighs and gives up.

She was taken away from her mother too early at just 5 weeks (before I got her) and I wonder if she is desperate for cat company.

Am I imagining this??
post #18 of 24
First off, I am very sorry to hear about your tramatic ordeal which resulted in the death of your beloved Charlie.

And, yes, I do believe that animals grieve for the loss of a family member or friend. I had a trio of Siamese sisters and one of them died as a small kitten. That didn't seem to affect her remaining sisters. But when one of the 2 remaining sisters died the survivor, Starr, was very upset. She regressed in her activities. She stayed very close to her adoptive mother, Tati. I have pix of her and she looks so very sad. She did this for about 2 weeks and then slowly came back to normal. We showered her with extra love and attention but ultimately she just had to learn to live without her beloved sister. So I suggest you just keep on doing what you are doing in showing her extra love and attention and in time she will bounce back.

I also had a mother cat that after 2 of her kittens died within 3 weeks of being born, she just walked away from the remaining 2. One of them ended up dieing later after developing severe seizures. But Tim is still alive. He is almost 6 months old and is doing just fine.(Momcat has since been spayed. )
post #19 of 24
I would keep the other cat inside even after she is spayed, even if the neighbor makes good on finding another place for Boris who is to say that something else won't come along and cause problems. I had a fox 2 nights ago corner the neighbors cat in my front yard, if my husband had not come home when he did the cat would have been killed.
post #20 of 24
How very awful for you! I'm so sorry for your loss! RIP Charlie.

Dev & Crew
post #21 of 24
I am so very sorry for your loss.

Some animals will fight to the death. Some animals will kill for dominance, unfortunately. I'm so very sorry for your loss, and may God be with you through your troubling and trying days!

Rest In Peace, dear sweet Charlie!
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by Jaspercat
Thanks again everyone. Your kind words really help.

I don't intend to let my kitten out for a while until she is a lot bigger - she is still really quite small. However, she brings me on to the next problem.

She really loved Charlie. She would follow him round the house and get as close to him as he would let her. She loves us but I get the feeling we aren't enough for her. I keep trying to play with her as much as possible but she kind of sighs and gives up.

She was taken away from her mother too early at just 5 weeks (before I got her) and I wonder if she is desperate for cat company.

Am I imagining this??
no... if she really like him, she's in mourning, too. you might consider getting her a kitten friend; she'd probably do best with a male. also, i agree with others - keeping them inside all the time is safest. if you feel they must go outside, let them do so only with supervision, not alone.
post #23 of 24
I am so sorry for your loss - and to witness it too must be heartbreaking. Maybe your Charlie had a heart defect that you just would not know about and the stress of the fight brought on a heart attack? Who knows, you could speculate for years but at the end of the day you have lost your beautiful Charlie. Remember him hale and hearty - running and purring. This is exactly what he is doing now.
Take care
post #24 of 24
What an awful thing, but you did all you could. I am so sorry - two tragedies like that are too much for anyone to bear. May Charlie and his brother rest in peace together.
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