Like every weekend, no matter how sick I am, I went to feed "my" stray cats. I've been feeding them for a long time now but they still don't let me pet them and I am not forcing it on them as I don't want them to trust the humans too much. Bad things can happen to trusty cats, I've seen it. I spotted a black cat (there are a few black cats there) lying in the grass. The cat seemed huge and I thought it might be a pregnant female. But it was a he (discovered later). He didn't come when I called at him. So I went to check if something was wrong. The cat just meowed at me and didn't run away. Since this is near a road, I thought he might have been hit by a car. He let me pet him, he even started to purr even if it was obvious he was in discomfort, so I don't think he was one of "my" strays. I gave him some food, but he couldn't eat. He drank some water. I called the vet and he said I could bring him in. I grabbed him gently and I put him into a box and in the back of my car. He meowed from time to time just to let me know he was still alive. The vet gave him a thorough check up and said that fluids and blood have invaded his stomach cavity (that is why it looked like he was pregnant) and part of the lungs. He only had 20-30% lungs capability. When the vet listened to his heart, the cat started to purr! He was also suffering from hypothermia. The vet said it would be best for the cat to be put to sleep. And this was a good and sympathetic vet. I had to trust his judgment although it broke my heart. He first gave him an injection so he would fall asleep. I sat besides him and I petted him until he was in the world of dreams. Unfortunately this wasn't my first failed rescue and I promised to myself that I would always stay with the cat till the end. The vet was really very nice, which is more unique than rare. He talked me through everything. And than that time came... I thanked him, left the room, cried. It was probably the first time I've seen the cat, but this is how mushy I am when it comes to animals. He is in cat heaven now.. I just wanted to remember him.
PS: The picture is from Internet.