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I am very sorry to hear about your cat
What an awful thing for you to witness
My first guess would be that something bit him on the head
You wouldn't necessarily see any wounds if a dog grabbed him by the head and put pressure on his skull
In the emergency room we see a lot of proptosed (popping out) eyeballs from bites to the head
often we don't see any other evidence of trauma
It doesn't take much pressure to do this
Usually this doesn't cause death, but a quick shake of the head can break a kitten's neck very easily
Again, I am very sorry to hear about your loss
Let me know if you have any other questions
Surely there would be evidence of blood, of which there was none. Could a person
have done this by stamping on the kitten or running him over?
From a crushing injury, you often don't see external blood. Many dogs who come in who have been hit by a car have severe injuries without any external bleeding
The damage is all internal
I doubt he was run over but he could have been struck by a car
Someone could have stepped on him, but he probably would have struggled a lot
I hate to imagine someone would do that
Glancing blow from a car perhaps, however the speed would be very slow as its a very small car park,
WOuldn't need to be very fast for a kitten
a car moving at 10 miles per hour has a lot of force behind it
If I took kitten to the vet would a post mortem determine cause of death? He was buried yesterday, or should I have done it immediately?
the sooner the better
If it was a neck fracture they could still determine that. Also any puncture wounds in the skull wouldn't likely have been caused after he was dead
Some of the soft tissue injuries may be difficult to determine due to decomposition. Any metabolic disease would also be very hard to determine
But that would be less likely anyway
Do you have any other questions?
Oh don't know what to think, all I know is Bert met a traumatic end and there is little evidence to suggest how it happened.
I know. It is tough to not know what happened. I will say that it was quick, no matter what it was
I hope I have offered you some piece of mind
If you need anything else, let me know.
Thanks for your help in answering my questions.
You are welcome!
I would appreciate it if you clicked ACCEPT so I get credit for my answers.
I hope you find out what happened. Maybe someone will admit to hitting him with their car