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Yesterday I came home to my neighbour waiting at my door asking if we still had our 16 year old cat, jazz. I said yes. he’s always been an outdoor cat and no one would believe his age as he acts so young and is very healthy. The neighbour didn’t want to upset me but mentioned that they had found a part of a cat on their yard and felt they needed to tell us because it looked like ours. Jazz never came home and although we couldn’t tell 100% because his head was not at the scene, we know it was him. We’re not 100% sure how it happened but we suspect it was animals or a car and animals afterwards. I’m so torn up and can’t stop thinking about how close he was to home and how close he was to safety. I also picture how scared he must have been and i just wish i hadn’t let him out in the first place. I know it’s only been a day but I’ve never lost a pet before and we always expected to lose jazz when it was his time, not unexpectedly like this. I’m just looking to see if anyone has lost a pet like this as i couldn’t find a topic like it

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I’m so sorry for your loss of Jazz. What a wonderful life he had, to have such independence and freedom along with a loving home and family. It’s really tragic how things ended but being the free spirit he was I can’t imagine he’d want to change it to a life indoors. Cats are very intelligent, they are hunters and I think they know there are risks outside like we do. I hope you can eventually find some peace knowing that you gave him a long fulfilled life. I have not personally lost a pet like this but I have read posts in which people have lost their beloved cats to car accidents or to have them not come home. You are certainly not alone in your grief.

Posts: 18
I'm so sorry about your precious Jazz. It sounds like you gave him a beautiful long life. I know that doesn't make it any easier. I came today because my cat was attacked by either a coyote or a dog. So, I know the pain you're feeling; you're not alone in your grief. I'll be thinking of you and your sweet Jazz. Take care of yourself.

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There is a term for what you have experienced and it is called "traumatic bereavement". It is when a death occurs due to a traumatic event. And often those events are disturbing. Like the mother whose son was kidnapped and beheaded and found in a ditch. That's a traumatic death. And so is yours.

If I was you I would read up on traumatic bereavement when you are able and in particular, treatment for traumatic berevement. Understanding that your reaction is normal given the circumstances is a place to start. But there is much more.

I am sad to learn of your misfortune.

Take care.
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