Yesterday evening, still feeling a bit bleuh about having lurgy whilst the sun shines, I suggested to himself we wandered down to the little field to look at the sycamore buds. The buds of this tree are always the most pleasing, as they are huge and fat and burst open with leaves.
Once we were there, we wandered on a bit to despair over the grass, or lack of it. by then we were nearly at the bottom of the field, so we wandered a little further talking about the heap of branches from tree felling/hedging (almost the same thing) activities during the winter. And then we were almost upon the ‘woodland’ – ie our fenced off area with the whips of native trees. They are alive again this year, buds showing.
And only then, because at each step we had wandered a little further, did we see him. A black and white cat in the hedge. We both groaned ‘oh no!’ at the same time, sure it was dead. But as we approached, the sad eyes looked at us.
Somehow, he had caught a back leg in the stock fencing, then somehow pulled it tight around the leg. It was a tiny patch where two parts of fencing overlap. And the leg looked very wrong. He was stuck fast. Himself ran and got the cutters and we cut him free, me holding the cat by the scruff of the neck. I expected to get lashed out at, but he was meek. And then we carried him all the way back to the house, all the way debating who he belonged to. We recognised him, so dashed along to neighbours to see if he was theirs. No but they suggested another. And so – thankfully we found his owner. The cat had been missing a week. Their house is not so close to ours, so they had not asked us.. and if they had I don’t think I would have thought to search all the fences.
An unlucky cat to be caught just where there is an overlap of fence. But lucky to have been found. The little field has not had animals in it for a few weeks, and we had no real reason to go down there. And rushing it to it’s owner rather than setting it free was good too… as she in turn rushed it to the vet. The cat will lose it’s leg, but hopefully keep its life.