The Emotional Hurt a Child Can Suffer on the Death of the Family Cat

An eight-year-old boy collapsed and was taken to a hospital such was the emotional shock to him when he discovered that his eight-month-old kitten companion, Kiki, had been brutally murdered and beheaded by the cat killer known as the “Croydon Cat Killer”.

Kiki a young cat killed by a serial cat killer

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The Croydon Cat Killer has been in the news regularly for months now having killed an estimated 250 cats but the emotional impact on the families of the cats has not been highlighted until this story popped up online.

The boy’s mother posted on Facebook that Kiki had been beheaded in a neighbor’s garden.

“No words can express how I feel – leaves a hole in my heart. RIP my beloved baby.”

She also said:

“Son has just collapsed and ambulance taken him to hospital because of this.”

I hate to write this but we are told that the kitten’s head has not been found. The killer probably kept it as a trophy.

The point of this story is the beautiful relationships that are often created between boys and girls and their cat companions. Perhaps we don’t really comprehend the depth of these friendships. They are little love stories.

On the other side of the coin is the heartache and emotional trauma that a child can suffer when that love story is shattered in to a million pieces in the most brutal way.

The person (or persons) must be found pronto. The police have admitted to struggling with the investigation. It is time to put more resources on the case.

Source: Boy rushed to hospital after finding out his cat has been killed in Croydon | Metro News

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6 thoughts on “The Emotional Hurt a Child Can Suffer on the Death of the Family Cat”

  1. The boy didn’t do anything wrong, and certainly nothing to deserve this. This is unthinkable shock and horror that has killed his companion AND inner self, his love of life, which he’ll have to live with the rest of his life. No doubt his collapse was his mind and body saying, “I can no longer live with this.”. I know that kind of shock. That’s the worst torture one could impart upon the tenderest of souls. What a monster that killer is… The absolute worst.

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    • No matter how anyone feels about a pet being allowed to wander it does not legitimize someone using them as a target.
      Someone who sees a loose/stray/feral cat as a target is half a step from targeting a child or other vulnerable human being in the same way.

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  2. A good lesson for the parents, in how to teach their child to be a responsible pet-owner and impart what being an irresponsible pet-owner causes to their own child. I doubt they’ll learn though. Even you can’t be taught. You’ve proved that with this very article of yours.

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    • While we personally never let our pets roam that never excuses the degenerates that look for adults, children or pets to victimize. My experience is if someone lets their pets roam losing one does not change that behavior and in the end it is the animal that suffers the most. I don’t know how the child found out about his pets murder and mutilation but I question the parents for burdening him with the details.

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  3. Children struggle with death for a child to have to try and comprehend this is unbearable for the adults around him. It will undoubtedly color his perception of humans for a long time if not the rest of his life. My parents snuck my childhood dog off to euthanize him while I was at school and I still carry resentment. They didn’t even think to bring me his collar. I walked around the garage colleting bits of his hair in a container.
    I hope this monster took the head and kept the heads of all his victims because that would be undeniable truth when they catch him.
    Someone who does this is either already hurting or killing humans or will when the opportunity presents.

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