I found my lovely old cat Abby dead in the back garden the other morning. She was lying stretched out on her side so I knew there was something wrong, but looked peaceful and asleep. She had not been dead for long as she was still a bit warm. She looked a bit bashed - one eye was closed and a wee bit swollen, and she looked like she had blood in her mouth. Her fur was disturbed and pulled looking on one side of her neck. She had no obvious open wounds, but when I wrapped her in a towel there were a couple of blood spots on it after a while, but only about 1-2 cm across. It did not seem obvious why she was dead. There were some little fur tags scattered around the lawn as though there had been a fight. She was 17 and a bit skinny and clumsy and deaf as a post, but lively, as greedy as always, and affectionate. I was worried about her in the garden at night as she was so deaf you could walk right up to her if she was asleep, but there was no point in locking the cat flap as she would hotfoot out the front door if anyone came in late and then might not have been able to get back in in an emergency. I live in an urban setting and there are foxes and cats, but no dogs running loose as far as I know. Could a fox have killed her, but wouldn't it have taken her away and eaten her? Could she have been killed in a cat fight? She just looked like she had laid down and died of exhaustion and/or injuries rather than been worried and thrown down in a heap. Could she have died of shock or heart failure or must she have had some internal injury that I could not see? I don't think she can have been hit by a car because of the fur tags. I am so sad to lose her, and I like to think that she saw what ever it was off, but that she won the battle and lost the war so to speak. I know it makes no difference to her being gone, but I wish I knew what had happened to her. Thanks in advance of any replies.