July 27th, 2008, 03:50 AM
I went out this morning and watered some bushes at the top of the hill in front of my house. Then I had errands to run. My cat who had sneaked out on me the evening before was no where to be found, very unusual. I was gone less than one hour; now this is what troubles me. I found my poor cat lying on the road in front of the exact same place on the hill where I had stood to water the plants. He was not lying there when I watered the plants. I drove around to pick him up off the highway, expecting to find a limp body. When I picked him up however he was fully in rigor mortise and his body was as cold as one can be in mid-summer, also when I was in the closed car with him there was a slight odor already. Also, I expected to find red blood there at the site and there was no blood, but I had some paper in the back of the car that I laid him on and where his head touched the paper there was some red blood. How long does it take for rigor to set in? I have read it takes several hours.