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Farewell. Dear Spot

October 12th, 2013 at 01:01 pm

Our cat, Spot, was killed early in the am a few days ago by two coyotes. They appeared to be a parent and offspring. She was approached from both sides of our truck in the driveway and did not have a chance. Spot was an outdoor cat that came in occasionally but always wanted to go out after a few minutes.

I heard a yell at 3 am by our side door, and rushed outside with our black lab. The lab charged at the 2 coyotes and they ran down the street with Spot. I called the dog back because I was concerned about a fight between the dog and the coyotes. Plus she is black and I can't see her in the dark. DH ran out with a bat and went in the car to chase them. He chased them up and down some side streets but to no avail.

I feel horrible that Spot did not stay in the house overnight - but she never wants to do that. It is also ironic -- I got her as a half feral cat from the desert surrounded by coyotes and she died in suburbia. Our dog keeps looking for her at our window box at night.


21 Responses to “Farewell. Dear Spot”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    I'm so sorry. This happened to one or our cats when I was younger. It's always sad and frustrating. Hugs.

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    I usually find this kind of story too painful to read, being a cat and animal lover myself. But if you are going to keep cats and you know coyotes are in your area, the responsible thing to do is to keep the cats indoors. I've had cats that used to go outdoors and really wanted to go out after I started keeping them in, and it can be done.

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    Frown Very sorry for your loss.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Sorry. We lost a cat to a coyote once. It was not an easy thing.

  5. PNW Mom Says:

    So sorry for your loss...as a cat lover, I feel your pain. Frown

  6. My English Castle Says:

    I know it's wrong of me, but I HATE those damn coyotes. They skulk around just waiting.

  7. Petunia 100 Says:

    Oh, I'm so sorry. Frown RIP, sweet Spot.

  8. baselle Says:

    I'm sorry for your loss. {{{Hugs}}}.

  9. TashaC. Says:

    Oh so sorry. Its harder on people with the haunting memories, than the cat who is now at rest. So So sorry this happened.

  10. scottish girl Says:

    I'm so sorry.

  11. Ima saver Says:

    So sorry to hear about spot!

  12. Looking Forward Says:

    Very sorry to hear. Frown

  13. Kiki Says:

    I'm sorry for your loss.

  14. SavingBucks Says:

    Thank you for the kind thoughts. We have always had outdoor cats but will definitely keep the next one in at night as a minimum. Our dogs are outdoors during the day but come in at night. Our black lab keeps looking for Spot. DH s called county animal control about it but they will do nothing. He even asked if they would pick up a dead coyote, and the woman was horrified that he mentioned the subject. She said it was illegal to trap them (it is legal in this area).
    Now I am noticing while bike riding through the neighborhood quite a few "Lost Pet" papers plastered on light poles. Mostly cats and a few small dogs. Sigh............

  15. rob62521 Says:

    So sorry to learn of your loss.

  16. Tabs Says:

    Poor kitty, and poor dog too. Frown

  17. PatientSaver Says:

    I would strongly urge you to rethink the plan with your animals moving forward.

    I live in Fairfield County, CT, a densely populated yet woodsy area. I live in the center of a suburban town; it's just a 15-minute walk to Main Street. My neighbors, who have an interior lot directly behind my house, have always had both cats and dogs.

    They used to have a golden retriever and a German Shepherd, and were in the habit of letting them out early in the a.m., around 7 am, as they were getting ready for work. One morning, the German Shepherd returned, without the other dog. The husband went out looking for the missing dog and eventually found him not 500 feet from the house, in the woods. It had been mauled to death, yet my neighbors hadn't heard a sound. The same neighbors have also had cats that went missing and never returned.

    These days, they NEVER let the dogs out unsupervised. Even without coyotes, there's an ordinance against that. They have three big dogs now, but even a dog is no match for a pack of coyotes. I'm sorry, but I disagree with someone's comment here that it's harder on you than the dead animal. It's not a pleasant way to die. As a pet owner, it's your responsibility to keep them safe. So how can you let them roam loose after having one picked off practically on your doorstep?

    Everyone else here has been offering their condolences, but no one has asked the hard questions. I realize that won't win me any popularity contests, but so be it.

  18. rachel_021406 Says:

    So sorry to hear about your pet. We lost our dog just weeks ago...so I know how you feel. We will be thinking about you.

  19. CB in the City Says:

    I'm so sorry about Spot. I understand it is not always so easy to keep your cats inside. I am doing it now, but I once had a cat, rescued as a stray, who could not be kept inside. I mean, I literally could not open the door without her darting out -- and then she was impossible to catch. So I get it.

  20. Miz Pat Says:

    I just noticed this and I'm so sorry. Losing a cat or dog is excrutiatingly painful. I still miss Itty and Bitty even though I have 4 substitute rescue dogs. They are all special.

    Take care.

  21. SavingBucks Says:

    Patient Saver:
    Thank you for the sage advice. No cat is on the agenda for now. We do need to beef up exterior lighting with motion sensors. We will revisit the dog issue -- the dogs are in the back yard during the day. My DH is switching to night shift in 2 months so that issue will go away. When the dogs go out in the middle of the night, I stand there while they do their business. There have been no documented cases of attacks during the day - only at night and at daybreak. But that does not mean it won't happen. We will also meet with the local HOA - they keep track of any killed pets and their locations. DH also intends to set a box trap as soon as he makes one large enough. You are right --- it was a horrible death that Spot did not deserve.

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