|Purred: Wed Aug 8, '12 3:48pm PST |
|I'm not sure what type of responses I'm actually looking for here, but I just ran into a situation and I can't shake it from my mind. I feel like I have to do SOMETHING, although I'm not quite sure what I should be doing.
About an hour ago after work, I walked up to the store and on my way home I came across a cat lying on the sidewalk (just napping) As I got closer, he lifted his head to look at me and that's when I noticed something was very wrong. I don't mean to be so graphic, but it basically looked like most of the cat's face was ripped off. I dropped my groceries and called to the cat and he basically ran right towards me meowing and purring. Such a sweet and affectionate and vocal cat. Upon closer inspection I could see that the cat was completely missing an eye, while the other eye looked deformed and cloudy. I'm assuming the cat is blind. The nose appears to be missing and instead there is just a very large raw patch covering it's face. He is also missing his teeth and his mouth looks deformed and "ripped apart too"
Assuming he was injured, I started calling a few people because I was trying to find someone to go to my house to grab my cat crate so I could bring this cat to the vet. I was about to start knocking on doors to see if anyone knew who's cat this was, but someone beat me to it. A woman came outside and asked if everything was ok and when I asked her if she knew who's cat that was, she told me it was her neighbor's cat. He's away right now for a few days and must have left him outside but she said the cat has cancer, but the owner just doesn't want to have him put to sleep
With that I grabbed my groceries and left(after petting the cat for a while) Now while I understand this really is none of my business, being the animal lover I am, I am so deeply disturbed that someone would leave their pet in this type of shape, and especially outside! I can't imagine that this cat isn't suffering. He sounds like he's having trouble breathing (I guess no nose will cause such an issue) It was such a heartbreaking sight.
I'm going back tonight to bring him some cat food and water just to make sure he has enough to eat and drink. I plan on going back every day to check on the cat and to hopefully run into his owner. I don't want to yell at him, but I do want to talk with him and hear from him what his reasons are for not having this poor thing put out if it's misery.
Again, I know it's none of my business, but as far as I'm concerned this is a form of animal abuse. I did take a picture of him and if anyone saw this poor creature, I'm sure you'd understand why I feel like I need to do something. I don't know anything about this cat's owner, nor do I know that any type of discussion would change anything. I guess I just want to know, what would fellow Catsters do in this situation?
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