27/01/2020 12:00 AM
Finding a dead animal is never a fun experience; it can be distressing and upsetting. And knowing that an animal is someone’s pet, those feelings can be even more intense.
Cats very quickly become an important part of any family. When they are suddenly no longer around, they will be sorely missed.
However distressing it is for the person who finds the dead cat, they need to think about the owner. When a beloved cat goes missing it’s hard not to feel anxious. They will be scouring the neighbourhood trying to track them down. The very least you can do is let them know the situation and put their mind at rest.
If you do find yourself in this situation and are wondering what to do next, here’s a guide on what steps you should take – as well as some tips on what to do when your own cat passes away.
In most cases, it will be very obvious when a cat is dead. However, when you find a cat hidden away in an outdoor space it might not be so obvious.
In these cases, it can be difficult to know whether the animal is alive or not.
You will need to check for signs of life and ensure the cat receives urgent medical care if required. There are a few simple ways to check whether a cat is still alive. These include:
In summary, if the cat’s chest and stomach are not moving, its eyes are open and its pupils do not react to changes in light, they have more than likely died.
If you find a dead cat in your garden, as the homeowner it is your responsibility to take action. The best thing to do is to take the animal to a local vet so they can find out if they are microchipped.
This way owners are not left wondering what has happened to their pet and can get some peace of mind.
Moving any dead animal is never going to be a pleasant task, but it has to be done. You can place the cat in a box or wrap it up in an old blanket before taking it to the vet.
Let the vet know where you found it and they will be able to check for a microchip and contact the owners.
Veterinary surgeries are also happy to keep hold of the body even if no microchip is found so you don’t have to take it home with you again.
By storing the body, they are able to identify and return the animal should the owner get in touch.
Hitting a cat when you are behind the wheel can be traumatic for you the driver, the passengers, and of course the cat’s owner.
Unfortunately, accidents happen and many are unavoidable. Here are some useful steps you can follow if you do accidentally run over a cat.
And remember: there’s no money involved taking a dead or injured cat the vets, so don’t let that stop you.
Unless you have a cat that stays indoors all the time, there is always a risk they could be involved in a road accident.
However, there are a few things you can do to minimise that risk and keep them safer when they are roaming the streets.
These include getting them neutered, making sure they wear reflective collars, setting night time curfews and limiting the distances your cat can roam outside with fences or barriers.
Parting with a beloved pet can be the hardest thing in the world. Regardless of whether your cat died of old age, had to be put to sleep, or was involved in an accident, it is never easy.
It’s an upsetting time, so it’s good to know what to do in advance.
Legally, you can bury a dead pet in the grounds of the home where it lived as long as you own (not rent) it. That means burying it in a park is not allowed.
It is recommended that if a cat has had chemo or has been euthanised, it should not be buried at home. However, different vets will follow their own policies on this.
To be absolutely sure your pet is dead, always check for a heartbeat. Animals often twitch, let out what sounds like a gasp for air or urinate after dying. This can give owners false hope but are all completely normal.
If burying your cat in your garden, it is best to dig a hole several feet deep and wrap the body in newspaper or cardboard. Placing something heavy over the spot will prevent foxes and other animals from digging.
If you are unable to bury your cat at home or would prefer not to, cremation might be a better option.
No one wants to think about saying goodbye to their pet. Instead, your focus should be on giving them the best possible life. This includes getting cat insurance so your furball gets the care they need if they are injured or ill.
At Purely Pets, we’ve designed 15 levels of cover to suit you and your feline friend. Get in touch with the team to find out more about cat insurance.
Get a quote today.