Nessie was just coming up to 1 year old. We had been letting her out of the house since she was about 7 months old. She only stayed in the garden for while but about a month ago she started venturing outside the garden. She only stayed really close to the house at first and was always within earshot. She'd come running in as soon as we called out to her telling her to have food. A couple of weeks ago she started venturing out further and for longer periods. A few nights ago she went out about 9 ish and didn't come home to our calls until well into the night so we went to bed. We were worried but we d heard it's quite normal for cats to spend the night away from the house sometimes. Thankfully the next morning she came running in as soon as we called out. 2 nights ago she went out again and didn't come home. The next morning she was still missing but we weren't too worried as shed done this before and cats can spend days away from home sometimes. In the evening that day we got a call from a neighbour just accross the road telling us that they're really sorry but our cat was found dead in their garden. We were devastated. The neighbours wrapped her in a blanket and put her in a box for us. When we brought her back home she was already cold and stiff so it seemed like she died during the night. We looked her over and couldn't see any obvious big wounds or broken bones. But when we brushes some of her fur away, we found a single puncture wound. It wasn't big and obviously wasn't bleeding severely as the fur around the wound was quite clean. It only produced a penny sized blood spot on the towel she was wrapped in aswell. What do you think could have killed her. If it was a fox wouldn't they have bit more or even taken her away to eat her? I'd have thought a dog attack would have been more gruesome. And a puncture wound from a cat wouldn't have been deep enough to kill her. Also what could have left a single puncture wound. We re devastated to have lost her she was such a good cat. It's difficult not knowing how or why she died and heartbreaking to think what her last moments could have been. Thank you for reading. We d really appreciate any ideas or advice.