Thank you for the kind words. After my last elderly dog dies, I'm going to rescue some kitties! I can have them inside then. You're right, we have coyotes around here and we think that's what happened.
I'm so sad. I had a feral kitten wander into my yard a year ago, and I tamed him down and we became friends. He was an outside kitty and nature took him away. I understand why things happen, and I feel privileged that I received unconditional love for awhile. He had an amazing personality and will be missed.