I saw a cat get hit by a car today, he died instantly.
It wasn't the drivers fault and there was nothing they could have done to avoid the cat, so why did they not stop? How can anybody be so cruel as to run over an animal and not stop to see if it's dead or alive?
I stopped and could see straight away that he was dead, killed instantly by a massive blow to the head. I wrapped him in a towel and carried him back to my car. As I did this another car pulled up having seen him in the road before I moved him. When I explained that I wasn't local and asked for directions to a vet she offered to take him for me, so that's what happened. Another lady had also passed him and turned round to come back too. The cat wasn't wearing a collar so I wanted to get the vets to scan him for a microchip, so that the owners could be informed. It must be nicer that way than going out to look for your missing cat and finding him dead and mangled at the side of the road.
I was fine at the time, in fact was OK all day, but was feeling a bit odd when I got home from work. Anyway I managed to find out which vets had taken him in and that yes, they had found a microchip and had been able to contact the owners. The cat's name was Jack. I feel better knowing that he's been identified and the owners have been contacted.
Co-incidentally, both of my cats had refused to go outside this morning, opting to stay indoors in the warm. I was so glad as I would have found it very hard not to rush home and bring them indoors if they'd been out, and I still had another client to visit.
And just one more little rant.... why do people get cats and let them out to roam when they live on a very busy, very fast A road? I know that we all take a risk when we let our cats out and nowhere is competely safe, but I would never let my cats out if I lived by that road. I probably wouldn't have got cats in the first place. Rant over.