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post #21 of 45 Old 07-20-2013, 10:38 PM
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That was never your problem to deal with, but you sucked it up and took pity on that poor cat. I know it's grateful now, even if it didn't understand how merciful you were being at the time. If its breathing was so labored, and it was bleeding from the mouth and having all that trouble breathing, it was only a matter of time though it would have been an AWFUL time, before the cat died. Thank you for letting it go one to its next incarnation.

If I were your mother, you would NOT be returning to work with those barbarians. If they care so little for any life, I certainly wouldn't want you to be around them for any length of time, for fear they would desensitize you.

You were the brave one and the responsible one, the rest were cowards and irresponsible.
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post #22 of 45 Old 07-20-2013, 11:11 PM
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I am so sorry you had to go through this! My 2 teenage boys worked for 2 different Vets this summer and it gave us all a whole new view of Vets (at least in our area), so it doesn't surprise me you couldn't find a vet to help u.
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post #23 of 45 Old 07-20-2013, 11:41 PM
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This is the last thing you need on top of all your other problems :(

You did the right thing though. I'm lucky enough that I've always had my father to end the misery of suffering animals (except for mice that our dogs kill on sight), but I once did have to help my grandfather with a lorikeet who had apparent brain damage. He had me hold it inside a plastic bag whilst he hit it across the back of the neck with the blunt side of a big knife. Needless to say, that method didn't work and, after three hits, I shoved the bird at him and ran off crying.

A gun would have made things a lot easier, for sure. I was a little put off once when a teacher told me how to shoot a horse (draw a cross between the ears and eyes, aim for the middle) but afterwards I understood why - because if it has to be done, you'd better be sure you can do it right. Everyone here has offered some ideas I've never heard of before that would work well.

Think of it this way though - feral cats are pests. They kill wildlife, they eat the food of domesticated animals, and even that kitten would probably never be able to be domesticated.

I also can't believe your vets. Yes, it's a business, but in a case like that... There have been a few occasions now when I have rescued birds that then turned out to be unsavable, so we take them to our vet and leave them there.

Also, I kinda want to feed that guy to the bloodhounds...
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post #24 of 45 Old 07-21-2013, 12:01 AM
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I seriously commend you for having the courage to do that!

One time a guy hit a squirrel infront of me only hitting his back end. I only had a few seconds to react and I dodged him. I felt TERRIBLE for not dealing him a fatal blow with my car. I still think about it and that was about a year ago!
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post #25 of 45 Old 07-21-2013, 01:02 AM
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You did the right thing, as hard as it was. I had to do the same thing when we had an explosion of cats show up. The barn is by a highway, and since most of them were feral we couldn't give them away. So I had to drown them too. Still makes me sick to this day when I think about it. And I don't even like cats!! But if they weren't taken care of they would've starved or been hit by a car.

Wish I would've thought of the CO2 thing.
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post #26 of 45 Old 07-21-2013, 01:48 AM
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You NEED to leave that place. I would have gone ballistic and called the police on them for animal cruelty (if I did not go to jail for attacking the idiots responsible). Dogs that are cat killers can be put down. If the dogs kill someones pet the dog's owner will get in big trouble as well as having the dog put down. You did the right thing, I cant stand and animal suffering. If you ever come across this again put your finger on the main artery in the neck. It cuts off the blood flow to the brain and makes the animal pass out and die.
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post #27 of 45 Old 07-21-2013, 03:04 AM
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I feel for you. What a hard situation. I feel you did the right thing by ending the suffering for the poor darling...

But I would not have drowned it. That's just a bad way to go.

However, I know you were limited on options, and that's a tough situation.

I'm a sissy, so I probably would have just tried to make it as comfortable as possible and let nature take its course. Not exactly humane, but I don't think I could kill something unless I had a gun.

I hope you aren't feeling too beat up and I hope you never have to encounter that again. -hugs-

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I still feel sick to my stomach when I think about the fact that I chose to drown it. I wish I would have found another way.

I know I have to leave the farm, and I'm absolutely sure that I am going to do so, but I've really gotten myself into a bad situation with them. I have both of my horses boarded there and the only way I can afford them both at the moment is by working off half of my board on my mare. I'm making plans to move both of them, buts complex considering that I don't have my own trailer, the owner of the farm is a control freak, and I only have a for-sure place for one of the horses right now. As soon as I have things figured out, I'll move them and be done with the place, though I'm afraid to do it. I'm tired of seeing animals suffer, and I'm tired of being pushed into involving myself with the suffering... Even if they are technically pest.

I don't think I'm going to tell the farm owner about being bitten though. She'll most likely tell me she told me to just leave it in the woods so its my fault (true) that I got bitten by the kitten. And it is my fault.

Sunny, to be honest I probably would have done the same thing if it hadn't been starting to rain (it started storming badly an hour later) and the kitten wasn't laying on top of broken ribs. I couldn't just leave it to be mauled by something else (we have bobcats, coyotes, wild dogs, possums, etc in our woods) or to die slowly. I know I hurt it SO much with the way I chose, and I wish I hadn't. Drowning it was simply because in the back of my mind I was afraid of seeing excessive blood. :/

Northern, whether or not a gun was available is probably irrelevant just because of my age. Ranch/farm owners actually ARE allowed to have a gun without a CHL but only if they live on the property, and no one lives on this particular property. I'm also under age, so I can not legally handle a gun at all unless I'm at a gun range or if I have tags for hunting. I don't hunt.

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post #29 of 45 Old 07-21-2013, 10:41 AM
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So sorry you had to go through this-there were no good choices & the poor kitten did not need to suffer because of that other person's actions. You did what you could with what was at hand. Shame on those vets for being so unreasonable. Try not to beat yourself up about this-it's over-forgive yourself-you did the right thing.
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post #30 of 45 Old 07-21-2013, 10:41 AM
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Big hugs to you, Brave One. Keep marching on!
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