This talk of wild life has reminded me that the Bear may have returned to the locality.
I went to stroke Eddy a couple of days ago and he pulled his head away. This is very unusual as Eddy is one of those cats that loves to have his ears scratched and his cheeks rubbed. On closer inspection I could see that he had two nasty gashes on his head; one at the base of his left ear and the other above the right eye.
His claws are a little ragged too.
He has either been involved in a major scrap or has forgotten that cars are harder than cats. I really hope its just a bad fight as he really has used up all of his nine lives. With just three legs he cannot afford to damage any of his remaining limbs.
On the plus side his wounds are all superficial and are healing well - but then again cat bites tend to get infected, car wounds are less likely to.