I got home from work tonight and let my dogs out into my yard. I was out there with them. I left the back door open and my two cats slipped out and went to the front of the house. When they came back a moment later, a strange cat followed them. My dogs were on him and caught him before he could escape over the gate.
Chaos, shouting and they grabbed him and shook him a couple of times before I could get them away and into the house. The cat hopped up on my barbecue and I was able to get him into a cage and call animal services. He didn’t have any obvious injuries, but I suspect he had internal damage.
Animal services was nice. I’m not liable, the cat was at large in my yard, but I still feel terrible. I love my cats and would hate for anything so awful to happen to them. Poor little guy. There are lots of feral cats and dumped cats and semi-neglected pets in my neighbourhood. Cats are disposable pets here, but still he may have been someone’s pet.
I’m horrified at what my dogs have done. They’ve never shown any aggression towards the cats they live with. But now I wonder…
And I worry that if the owner of the cat finds out my dogs hurt him that they may retaliate… not sure how, but this is a bit of rough area.
Mostly, I just feel so bad for the cat.