by Priscilla Miller
On Wednesday, October 27 I was visiting a friend at a lumber yard in Washington state. I had brought my dog and he was running around the yard as we visited.
My friend said “he must be chasing cats because we have a lot of wild cats and some kittens here”.
I called the dog back from his adventure and put him in the truck to stay out of further trouble.
My friend said “do you want to see the kittens”? Of course. We went to hunt up the kittens in the sawdust and didn’t have much trouble because we could hear them calling.
I figured the dog had upset them. The first that we found had its back to us and made to attempt to flee. As I picked it up and looked into its face I could see an orange and white striped kitten of about 8 to 10 weeks with death in its eyes.
It could not see us but its eyes were open. I told my friend there was something wrong with this kitten. He pointed to a pile of sawdust and said “there are more over there”.
In the sawdust lay two kittens of the same age not moving. One kitten was the richest chocolate that I had ever seen and the other was golden. They both had long hair. They were still alive but just barely. I told my friend I think they have been poisoned. About ten feet away was a large bucket of antifreeze. I placed the striped kitten with the others and left.
I lost a dog to antifreeze several years ago and I know that it is fatal. Any drop on the surface of a puddle would kill a kitten.
Had I been to visit two days prior I would have snagged that kitten. As it was I learned about Chantily’s and witnessed the death of a beauty.
Hi Priscilla…. thanks for visiting and sharing although I find your story exceedingly sad and depressing to be honest. That suffering is unnecessary but it happens a millions times every year.
I have moved your article to the cat health page.
Below are some more posts on bloody antifreeze. Antifreeze need no longer be poisonous to cats and it need no longer be in cans in garages etc because modern engines can have sealed water cooling units with a lifetimes use.