A 56-year-old woman living at the end of a farm track died of natural causes. She had several cats and dogs. They were confined to 2 rooms on the ground floor so they were effectively trapped.
As the woman lived as a semi-recluse no one knew she had died and accordingly she lay on the kitchen floor for perhaps several months it is thought. We don’t have a definite time frame. We know how cats are great survivors under these circumstances.
Some cats died but some survived and they did so by eating their owner. Bits of her body were missing. The dog had died.
The police entered the home through an upstairs window which was open. They found a distressing scene of total mess and the body of Janet Veal on the kitchen floor. It is thought that she died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The newspapers don’t tell us what happened to cats. I presume that they were rehabilitated and rehomed. It happened in Hampshire, England in August 2013.