I have four cats, one of them was adopted a couple years ago at 2 years old after being picking up as a stray. We intended for her to be an indoor cat, but after a few months at our house she insisted that she belonged outside and there was really no stopping her. I always put her back inside at night, since night time seems to be when cats get into fights. She knows to come to the front porch at sunset to come inside and get some canned cat food then snuggle with us in bed. Every time she doesn't come back at night I worry. Once she had gotten hit by a car, another night she was locked in the garage of the old man who lives behind us and goes out of town for weeks at a time to live on his farm land a few hours away. She didn't come home last night and I worried all night long. This morning she showed up and she has what feels like a cone of dried blood in her fur--just to the side of her neck, kind of above where her front leg and body meet. The skin feels all crunchy underneath, like something is sliding back and forth under it when you press. There were also some fur chunks hanging loose from the area, but not enough to make a bald spot. She growls when I touch it, and her eyes are really dilated even though it's bright in here. I'm so worried for her! She can walk and jump, though slowly, so I don't think anything is broken or seriously injured. It seems like maybe she was bitten by a dog or a bigger cat (she's small) or I guess someone could have shot at her with a BB gun. We live in a subdivision but this is KY so it's entirely possible. Is there anything I can do to make her relax and feel a little better? I fed her some chicken (lol not one of my pets!) and she very slowly ate it. She's been laying on a blanket on the couch all morning with only one eye open. The eye on the injured side of her body was fine looking when I pried it open, but for some reason she won't look through it, maybe because that side is sore. I wish I could afford to take her to the vet, but I can't right now unless it's a life or death emergency, which this isn't. She's just really sore.