I am so upset. About a half hour ago my son was outside doing his chores, he's ten. He beat on the window as if something was wrong and I went running outside. He came around the house hopping on his leg and crying. I asked him what had happened. He was crying and mumbling and I couldn't understand what he was saying. I've been having problems with him overreacting to things lately and keep reminding him of the boy who called wolf. I wasn't overly concerned. I told him to slow down and tell me what was going on. All I could make out was he was trying to keep the dogs from getting the cat and the cat scratched him. I thought he meant the dogs had chased the cat up on the porch. For some reason they have been harrassing my barn cat lately. I told my older son to run out to the barn and get the lounge whip. I stood around for a full minute, maybe longer waiting. When he came back with it I walked around to scold the dogs and they had my cat on the floor of the porch. There was two big dogs and even one of my little dogs. I started screaming and whipping at the dogs. They ran off, but it was too late. I knew right away the cat was in bad shape. I brought him in and laid him in his favorite spot. His mouth was full of dirt and he was panting. He had some blood on his neck, but not alot. I used my hand to give him some water and wash the dirt out of his mouth. I saw right away that one of his pupils was way bigger than the other one. He died within 15 minutes, long before I could get him to a vet. My ds2 is soooooo upset. He thinks that its his fault for not saving the cat and for not telling me clearer what was happening. Had he been clearer I would have gotten there much sooner. I think he has learned his lesson. He has a big ugly looking place on his leg. I don't think the cat scratched him. I think it bit him, so now I'm worried about him having a reaction to that. Its been an awful morning. I've got to go call the doctor and see how I should treat his wound. I'm just editing to say before anyone thinks I let my cat run with dangerous dogs that this cat was not my barn cat, but our wonderful house cat we have owned for nine years. The dog that instigated the attack we've had for 8 years and they have always lived in harmony. We have always owned cats with these dogs and have never had anything like this to happen. I can't imagine why this happened.