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My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 1:42 am

Does anyone remember this thread about cats where I posted a picture of my kitten named "Casio"?



Sadly, she went missing on Wednesday evening. Yesterday afternoon we found her remains after an extensive search of the woods near our house. She had been preyed upon by a coyote.

I am very sad; she was my favourite of our four cats and was such a unique personality. She didn't like to be held, but would often fall asleep by my head when I was in bed. If she didn't get attention when she wanted it, she would follow me around and yell at me in long, pitiful meows, until I would stop what I was doing and play with her. Then she would purr like a motorboat, and almost as loud.

My wife has taken it much harder. She does volunteer work every week for a feline adoption center, and that is how we came across Casio. She has a deep love for cats and is grieving for our little critter.

For those of you who own cats; be careful where and when you let them outside. In four years of living in my house, I have never seen a coyote anywhere near the house or even in the woods. Unfortunately many house cats get so scared that they don't know what to do, and so like little Cass, freeze on the spot.

Perhaps this post might seem like an over reaction, like we're over-grieving the loss of a pet, but our pets are our children, and it's hard to take, especially when I keep thinking I could have done something to prevent it.

Rest in peace, crazy little Casio. I'll miss you.
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United767
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:02 am

Sorry for your loss. Always sucks to lose a pet. By the way, there is no such thing as over-greiving the loss of a family pet.
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:13 am

Coyote medicine.

 
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:16 am

I feel very sorry for your lost.

I do have coyotes in my area, plus other animals. But I have a large dog that keeps the cat safe. It has been a while since wild animals have attempted to go into my backyard (death quickly follows if they do).
 
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:20 am

My condolences for your loss. I keep saying I'm a dog person, but I know how impacted I'd be if something happened to one of our two cats. Don't blame yourself, we do our best to protect them, but in the end, they're still animals with wills of their own, and some things are just out of our control. My thoughts to you and your family.
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:22 am

Quoting Queso (Reply 2):
Coyote medicine.

I don't believe his government allows him to administer such 'treatment'
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:26 am

I'am very sorry for your cat - we love animals (and have dog and cat..) and can feel what it means, to lose a dear animal-friend.
Our cat (called King Farouk - because he lived with us in Cairo..) is quite old and will leave us in a not to far future.The problem with animals is that you get attached to them and their loss can be very painful..



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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:31 am

This is a very sad loss, and I'm sorry to read of Casio's demise.

When a beloved pet passes from this realm, it strikes us harder because pets are almost invariably innocent beings, both loving and free, and completely unself-conscious in their respect and affection for you as their caretaker.

I hope that we all remember that our beloved pets deserve our care and that we remember them, after they leave us, for the wonderful times we all shared together.

God bless you, IFEMaster. Please convey may sympathies to your wife, as well.

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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:35 am

Quoting IFEMaster (Thread starter):
Perhaps this post might seem like an over reaction, like we're over-grieving the loss of a pet

Not to me - I'd be very upset. I'm feeling quite down now.  Sad
 
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 2:39 am

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 6):
The problem with animals is that you get attached to them and their loss can be very painful.

But on the whole it's so worthwhile. When my mum and dad's previous cat died a friend of theirs told them they should never get another cat because it was too upsetting for them. They didn't know where to start explaining the considerable plus sides - he just didn't understand.
 
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 3:10 am

I know how it feels.

On a -20° day in February 1987, I found a baby pigeon on the ground. I brought him home, hand-fed him until he learned to feed himself, and released him at a grain elevator four miles away. By the time I got home, he was already there sitting on the roof. He decided to stay and made the area above the living room bay window his home (outdoors). One day, I heard strange noises coming from the window. A hawk was attacking him and finally grabbed onto him. He broke free and I ran outside.

He had a 3-inch gash from his neck to his sternum. I stitched him up and he recovered completely. Two months later, Mr. Coo was gone. I searched and eventually found him under a pine tree a block away. There were feathers all over the place. Two legs and two wings is all that was left of him. I knew it was him because of the band on his leg.

He wasn't "just a flying rat" to me. He was a clean, smart, friendly bird. He ate from the bird feeder and drank from the birdbath. If the feeder was empty or the water was dirty or frozen, he'd bang on the door. When I opened the door, he'd either walk to the sink and wait for me to get him some water. Or he'd walk around picking up food crumbs off the floor. He'd fly to my lap and fall asleep. He really trusted me. He was even paper-trained. I taught him to only poop on an old green hand towel when he was

Sometimes, we'd go on road trips together. When I opened the door of my Ford Tempo, he'd fly in and land on the rear window deck. We went everywhere...even 100 mile trips to the Twin Cities or Eau Claire. He'd sit there the whole time and watch the world go by. Other drivers would smile and honk. If I parked to run a few errands, there'd be a crowd of people gathered around watching him by the time I can back.

He was even "toilet trained." I taught him to only poop on an old green hand towel when he was in the house or car.


Please don't dwell on "should haves" and "could haves." It'll eat you up.

Mark

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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 3:13 am

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 10):

Holy crap! What a nice story!

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 10):

Please don't dwell on "should haves" and "could haves." It'll eat you up.

Couldnt have said it better. Had a neighbor, as an example, who lost her young cat to a heart attack. Nothing could be done.
 
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 3:15 am

I thought your story sounded eerily familiar when I read the title...

http://www.canada.com/calgaryherald/...cbc-42ab-97e7-125d5bb52e3e&k=89484

The relationship between coyotes and Calgarians is getting too close for comfort says a local mother of three who lost the family cat to a pair of aggressive animals who were later shot by police.

Dyan Pettigrew faced off against two coyotes Thursday morning after one of them managed to grab her cat when it slipped outside.

She and her 13-year-old son picked up shovels to scare off the pair who were in the neighbour's yard, waving the gardening tools over their heads.

"I made myself as big as possible and as loud as possible," she recalled.

"It came bounding across at us."

Pettigrew told her son to get back into their own yard and had her mother phone the police.

When two officers arrived, the coyote came at them and they shot the animal, wounding it and scaring the pair off.


This shows that in Calgary, you can't even let your cat outside of your house in the yard knowingly, let alone having the cat wander outside in the woods...
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 3:51 am

Poor little Casio.

I love cats and I know them as affectionate little critters. I have two and miss them when I'm travelling. They're also not the smartest things once they've been protected and cared for by us.
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 4:02 am

Quoting Jaysit (Reply 13):
I love cats and I know them as affectionate little critters.

You should have seen what I did to the litter of kittens my cat had over the summer. The kids were on vacation, so the kittens were being constantly handled by the kids. The dog wouldnt go near them when they were little, but towards the end you could find the kittens full of slobber. So, we had 4 kittens that were used to people and kids from the beginning and were also used to dealing with an 80 lb dog. The kittens went all to friends and family, whom I see basically every day. They use one phrase to describe the kittens:

ATTENTION WHORES...

They are VERY loving cats.
 
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 5:35 am

Sorry to hear about your loss. Time does help, I know it is such a cliche though it is true.
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 6:25 am

Thanks for all your kind words everyone, and my wife sends her thanks too. It's odd that in such a sad time we can get comfort from an Internet forum of strangers.

It's been a horrible week, with this, some problems at work (I had to fire one of my best employees), and other smaller irritating issues, so tonight the good lady wife and I will walk down to our nearest bar, buy a whole lot of alcohol, raise a toast to Casio and to us for being excellent Kitty-Parents, and then proceed to get stewed to the gills.
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 10:41 am

Quoting Beaucaire (Reply 6):
The problem with animals is that you get attached to them and their loss can be very painful..

Been there, done that, have the T-Shirt. I lost may kitty recently after 21 years. Though she died of old age, it was "easier" to accept, but still not something pleasant to go through.

Quoting IFEMaster (Thread starter):
She has a deep love for cats and is grieving for our little critter.

My simpathies to you and your wife. I know the feelings all to well.  crying 
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 11:00 am

Quoting IFEMaster (Thread starter):
Perhaps this post might seem like an over reaction, like we're over-grieving the loss of a pet, but our pets are our children, and it's hard to take, especially when I keep thinking I could have done something to prevent it.

Rest in peace, crazy little Casio. I'll miss you.

Sorry to hear of your loss. Believe me it is not an over reaction....pets do become just like kids and when they are gone it sure leaves a huge hole in your heart. Don't blame yourself because of what happened....like they say, everything happens for a reason. Try to remember all the cute little charastics that Casio had and while it may bring tears to your eyes, it will make you feel good inside. Without you and your wife little Casio may never have had the life he had...even though it was taken away while he was so young.

RIP Little Casio...

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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 12:05 pm

I'm sorry for your loss.  Sad I know how easily you can get attached to pets. My cat has hopped up onto my shoulder and is trying to sleep as I type this. I couldn't think of anythng happening to her.

Again sorry for the loss of Casio.  tombstone 
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 1:23 pm

 Sad I'm very sorry for your loss, it makes me really sad to hear. She was a beautiful cat. I hope you will always remember the good times you've shared with Casio and remember that you and your wife gave her a great life and home.

Pets are such amazing creatures, companions, and family.

Take comfort in knowing Casio can now run free and be at peace.

All the best to you and your wife.

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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 1:45 pm

I'm sorry for the loss. Pets are important.

Coyotes are VERY present where I live and it's sad to see how many people move here unaware. People move into our apartments, unaware of the danger, let there pets out and within a few weeks we see the "missing cat" signs posted. It makes me sick every time. Unfortunately, we must keep our cats indoors here. I'm sure they'd be happier outside, but they don't know it!
 
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 3:24 pm

Quoting StuckInCA (Reply 21):

People have to learn to deal with the wildlife in the area they live in. If you get yourself a cabin up in the mountains, you are gonna have wildlife, and in my opinion, you have to adjust.

We live in the city, but backup to a very large park that runs 20 miles. Before the house was built here, the neighbors saw deer eating in the lot. To make a long story short, I have a big dog that keeps the animals (we can often hear the coyotes) away, and they know to keep away. We had to get a cat to keep the rodents down as well. And the dog also takes care of the cat.

Now we have a beautiful balance in the exterior of the house. The birds and squirrels (the squirrels live in between the tile roof) keep to the front yard, the animals stay away from the yard, and the rats wont come near because of the cat. I havent had to pick up a dead animal for over a year now. And I get to enjoy some wildlife from my house, including hawks.
 
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 6:55 pm

Quoting AndesSMF (Reply 22):
Now we have a beautiful balance in the exterior of the house. The birds and squirrels (the squirrels live in between the tile roof) keep to the front yard, the animals stay away from the yard, and the rats wont come near because of the cat. I havent had to pick up a dead animal for over a year now. And I get to enjoy some wildlife from my house, including hawks.

Sounds good. Is that the house Snow White used to live in?  biggrin 
 
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 7:31 pm

Very sorry to hear of your loss. We have coyotes all over our area. If you have coyotes or hawks in your area, NEVER leave the cat outside unattended. Here in Tucson/Oro Valley the local humane society recommends that all pets be kept indoors for safety. I have a decent sized apartment so both cats stay indoors. My black cat-Dale-has always been an indoors cat and only gone outdoors occasionally on a leash. Kyerlie-my big gray cat-was originally an indoors/outdoors cat but she has adjusted very well to being strictly indoors.
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 10:40 pm

Quoting IFEMaster (Thread starter):
like we're over-grieving the loss of a pet,

No you are not........

Quoting Vaporlock (Reply 18):
Believe me it is not an over reaction....

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Very sorry for your loss of a very loved family member....

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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sat Oct 28, 2006 10:59 pm

Sorry about your loss. My sister lives in LA, on Hollywood Boulevard above Sunset..where it's just a two lane street..about as urban an area as you'll find, and she lost a cat to a coyote. We have them here in Pinellas county, Florida, the most heavily populated county in the state. That's why
Kissa Licka, Queen Of All Cats (and ruler of most dogs) is strictly an indoor pet...on the rare occasions that she wanders out..she looks around..and heads back inside. It's funny how pets affect you. My kids had the cat from hell..which would go into attack mode every time it saw its reflection, or another cat....we all have the scars...which came down witn a liver ailment..and had to be put down. I sat outside the vets office..and cried like a baby...they do find a way into your heart..
Best cure for your grief....another cat...
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RE: My Cat Was Killed By A Coyote.

Sun Oct 29, 2006 12:02 am

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 26):
Kissa Licka

That's a great name for a cat!  laughing 

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 26):
Best cure for your grief....another cat...

Yes, we will replace her. Our youngest cat, named "Sprite", (we had four, now three) loved Casio very much...they would play together and clean each other etc. She's been moping around, wondering where she is, crying at night etc. Because my wife works for a cat adoption center at the weekends, we will find her another playmate and the piece of our heart that was Casio's will be able to love another cat that needs a home. So, I'm sure within a few weeks, we'll be laughing and playing with a new kitten.

And thanks again for everyone's kind words. I didn't imagine my thread would get such a response.
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