Cat lovers, beware as you read this...it's hard for me to write. We have a cat who is inside/outside. We got her specifically to be a mouser, and she caught a lot of rodents this summer. Last week she was out and was gone for quite a few days (she's usually gone 12-36 hours at a time). We started to worry after two nights...especially when the temps were hovering near/below freezing. We put out food and a box with towels in case she came back in the middle of the night. Anyway, she came back Monday night after 5+ days...with a broken leg. We took her to the vet, and it was bad....compound fracture (through the skin), open wound, infection. The vet felt she was probably hit by a car...maybe even the first day she left. He suggested putting her to sleep, but we decided we couldn't do that...she obviously worked SO hard to get back to us. Anyway, after weighing the other options (one of which would have meant 4-6 months in a cage-like device with pins/screws, etc. and a cost of almost $3000), we had her leg amputated today. She is on antibiotics and should be home sometime tomorrow. It was such a hard decision. Just wondering what others might have decided. BTW, she is only 4.