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    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2012 12:17am (Jul 10th 2012)
    More sad news.

    One of our strays, short leg Tom, fell off the fence this morning. Hubby saw him and said he didn't look very confident when he was climbing, and he fell off and landed on his side. He lay there for a bit so hubby went to see him, petted him a bit then left him. A little later Tom was asleep on our front lawn for about 3 hours, and when I got home there was a patch of sick where he'd been lying.

    My eldest got home at 6.30ish and said Tom was asleep on the path at the end of our road. I went to check and he'd crawled under the bushes. I came back and debated what to do, deciding that I had to try to catch him. At that my son called me to look out of the window, and there was Tom walking, no, staggering up the road like he was three sheets to the wind. I went out and tried to stop him but he kept staggering on, so I picked him up and he let me (never before).

    I put him in my carrier (he put up a fight at that!) and called the RSPCA. They came out about 45 minutes later (8pm) and collected him. They called me at about half 9 to say that they'd spoken to the vet (they don't have a vet overnight but I can't afford to take him to an emergency vet) and explained that he had no feeling in his legs at all, and was panting considerably, probably due to the pain. They said they were going to put him to sleep so that he didn't suffer, but wanted to let me know and thanked me for helping him.

    I'm still in the 'crying at the mere mention of him' stage so this is very difficult to type through tears. What was typical was that when the RSPCA man arrived, Kitten (the feral) was on the doorstep and he didn't understand why I wasn't letting her in the house (so I had to explain). As I walked through the door Emmett was just leaving the litter tray after depositing yet another dollop of diarrhoea (her new pain meds don't agree with her), and Meow Meow ran past like a cat with its tail on fire. He must've thought he'd finally found the original crazy cat lady!

    I know I did the right thing for Tom, but it's so sad that he's gone. Everyone really liked him in our road. The RSPCA thought at first it was anti-freeze poisoning, but then dismissed that and said he'd either had head or spinal trauma. I hope he realised how much we cared for him and how much we will miss him.

    Sleep soundly Tom. You don't have to worry about anything anymore. See you again at the bridge handsome boy.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2012 3:43am (Jul 10th 2012)
    Oh, Kate I'm so very sorry about short leg Tom. RIP Tom.:face-crying::043:
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2012 10:53am (Jul 10th 2012)
    I thought I'd post a picture of Short Leg Tom - I love this one, he looks very pleased with himself!

    He may not have been 'owned' but he was well loved.
      Short leg Tom.jpg
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 10th, 2012 6:00pm (Jul 10th 2012)
    God bless, Sawn-off Tom; you were loved. :heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 13th, 2012 7:40am (Jul 13th 2012)
    Tom was a darling kitty, Kate..Love his markings..he was beautiful.
    • CommentTimeJul 13th, 2012 8:31pm (Jul 13th 2012)

    Keeper of the hens

    That is a brilliant photo of him.
    • CommentTimeJul 13th, 2012 10:54pm (Jul 13th 2012)
    When he died I had a sudden panic that I'd never taken one - then found that I only had 2, but that one was great. I can't seem to get a good one of Kitten - they're always dark or blurred. Probably because she comes at night and moves darn quick!

    I think Kitten is missing Tom - she used to hang out with him a lot and he was very tolerant of her.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd, 2012 12:25am (Jul 23rd 2012)
    Kate I missed this post earlier so sorry about dear Tom, what a handsome boy. You did a great job caring for him though and he knew you loved him.:heartsabove:
    It never gets any easier saying goodbye.
    I look at our darling Koko and already know we wont have him forever but I guess if he lives 20 years like Thomas he will be a fine age.
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2012 12:05am (Jul 24th 2012)
    Thanks TM! Has Koko settled in OK?
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 27th, 2012 4:56am (Jul 27th 2012)
    Yes Kate he is a bundle of energy but we love him to bits. He is so at home now.