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Miss Misty

Miss-MistyMiss Misty we rescued from the farm with too many cats and kittens all in need of a great deal more care than they were getting. She was a ‘seal-point’ white all over but who later developed dark ears, dark face and a dark tail and she had such strong blue eyes.

Miss Misty was as timid as could be, and agoraphobic, not daring to venture outside. She did not wish to be cuddled but would allow a stroke if forced to do so. I worried about her and felt quite protective, but this worry led to disaster. Our other cats were playing outside with a mouse. They were having such a wonderful time together and I felt that Miss Misty would really enjoy being out there with them and joining in. Perhaps she was too scared to cross the area by herself to where they were playing. Should I take her there and place her with the others, or should I just leave her? I made the wrong decision. I carried her outside and placed her with the other cats assuming she would be excited once she was there. I left them to it and all seemed well, but when it came time to call them in, everyone came back except Misty. 

We called and called, but she did not appear. Fear set in. Where could she be? Torches in hand, we started a search and checked everywhere we could, even outside the front gates, but could not find her anywhere. Back again, and no sign, we went again to the road hoping against hope we would not find her outside the boundary. Too late! It was a heart wrenching experience to find her poor body lying limp by the side of the road, it must have just happened, we had been here already and she was not there, but perhaps because it was dark we had not seen her run that way even though we were looking.

We gently picked her up and started to examine her. Her head was battered and there was no sign of life in her although her body was still warm. We had lost her. It was my fault. The tears flowed, but there was nothing I could do to bring her back to life. My heart was breaking as we dug her grave and buried my dear, timid, little Miss Misty, barely one year old. How would I ever forgive myself? Never again have I ever encouraged a cat to do something it did not want to do, and fortunately we have never again lost a cat to the road.

We kept the other cats in the next day, too afraid to let them out, but Ziggy knew something was wrong and searched for Miss Misty, looking at us and crying. When we did let them all out, he went directly to the place where she had been placed prior to her burial and would not move away for nearly half an hour. He knew she had been there. It was so sad to see him as he said his goodbye.

The full story and many more are in the book “Viewed From My Window” by Patricia Oliver price £10 + £1.75 p&p. For more details, contact Patricia on 01202 826244. All proceeds go towards the Veterinary and Welfare needs of the 16 feral cats currently in her care.

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The full story and many more are in the book “Viewed From My Window” by Patricia Oliver price £10 + £1.75 p&p. For more details, contact Patricia on 01202 826244. All proceeds go towards the Veterinary and Welfare needs of the 16 feral cats currently in her care.