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BBC: Arrow fired through family's cat

A family cat is expected to survive after its body was pierced by an 18-inch aluminium arrow.

I'd have had backup, just to make sure.

(And, at the risk of being pedantic, the arrow wasn't fired through the cat; it was fired into it—as the X-ray photograph accompanying the article quite clearly shows.)

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. "The arrow has gone in at the front of his right leg, grazed his spine and come out the left leg." That sounds like "through" to me. It may not have passed through, but it has pierced right through.

    You have an arrow go in one leg and out the other, and I reckon you'll feel it's gone through too!

  2. You want pedantry? The arrow wasn't fired through the cat, it was shot through the cat.

    You shoot arrows; you fire guns and artillery.

  3. I was amused by the remark that police were tring to find out if the attack was deliberate. 'Honest, guv, I was shooting this arrow from a weapon of unidentified type, when this cute little moggy wandered into its path and..........'

    I don't know if he was shot through, but I'll bet he touched cloth!

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