Cat Sudden Death

Twyst

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Posted: 7/17/2009 9:22 AM

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On Tuesday morning of this week, our cat, Flower, died suddenly.  It has been very traumatic for us.  He was nine had been to the vet six months prior and had no symptoms of anything.  He experienced the same morning he always did, with the same energy level.  He bounced around the bed for a while, knocked some stuff off my dresser, the usual.  With no warning, he suddenly cried out, collapsed in a seizure with a little bit of foam at his mouth and was dead in seconds! 

My fiancee could not abide an autopsy.  Can anyone help me?  I need to know what likely happened in order to put this behind me.  Any idea what might have happened to him? 

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JD1981


7/20/2009 5:13 PM
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Oh my gosh.  I am SO sorry to hear about what happened.  I think I would die if that happened to me.

Is there a chance your cat was stung by a bee?  I'm no expert, but the symptoms sounds like anaphylactic shock or some other violent allergic reaction.

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bjcotton


9/15/2009 7:43 PM
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I'm no expert either, but did you consider he might not have been able to yack up an overly big hairball & couldn't breathe so went into seizures? I've heard it can happen...but there's really nothing you could've done to save the cat that I know of. Sometimes these things happen, even to humans! How many times have you heard of humans just having a yearly checkup w/a doctor then have a heart attack a wk. later? I am so sorry for you though, it would just kill me if it happened to one of my cats. I can't imagine your pain!

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meganr1980


12/13/2009 9:39 AM
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My beloved kitty Tao died suddenly on Friday.  He was only 8 years old, seemingly very healthy (had just been to the vet a month ago).  They believe he had cardiomyopathy, which it sounds like your cat may have had as well.  Taoie was his usual active self that morning, but let out an unusual meow while sitting on the bed with his sister.  He was short of breath and died very suddenly.  There was nothing that the vets could do.  I don't think he was in any pain.    


I've been doing research on feline cardiomyopathy, and am 99% sure this is what killed my baby.  He was an indoor cat so it probably wasn't heartworms and could not have gotten into any poisons.  

I just wish that any of the ekg's or bloodtests he'd had over the years picked it up so that I could've had him on medication :(  

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animals10110


12/26/2009 11:11 AM
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well he or she may have had a heart attack and died cause I had a cat like that and he had heart problems and I am sorry to hear that your cat has died are you going to get a new one????

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JohnT


12/29/2009 9:45 AM
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Without a necropsy you will never know what killed your poor cat. With that being said there is an ofter overlooked disease that is not uncommon in cats. That disease is Heartworm. Most people think that Heartworm only effects dogs but this thinking is not only untrue but potentially deadly to cats. Cats can and do get Heartworm and in the cat it is much more deadly and untreatable. The treatment that is used in dogs with a high rate of success is ineffective in the cat.
When a cat gets Heartworm there are often no symptoms until the cat dies. The worms will get into the lungs, heart, and nerves system. When a worm dies it will often cause sudden death.
There is only one way to stop Heartworm in cats and that is to use a preventative like Heartgard for cats. I do not work for that company and I am not promoting them for any other reason except that many veterinarians still do not consider Heartworm as a problem in cats.
I recommend that anyone who wants to know more about this go to www.knowheartworms.org to get more information.

Thanks

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sherryc


1/23/2010 5:54 AM
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I am so sorry to hear about your cat Flower.
I write this through tears because yesterday my furry little friend Buttercup died suddenly while I was playing with her. She had a seizure and died. We are completely devastated. She was only 1 year and 3 months. After a sleepless night I came downstairs this morning ready to feed her. I have two daughters. I told my 14 year old yesterday and today plan to tell my 8 year old. How do you get through this?
The vet told us that it was more than likely a heart defect. She never showed any signs of illness! I feel like I am living a nightmare right now. Any suggestions how to break the news to the 8 year old?

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tinacrull


2/1/2010 6:40 PM
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When I went downstairs this morning my baby Leah (2 1/5 yr old cat) was laying in the floor.  I called out to her, I thought she was sleeping, when she didn't move I walked over to her and realized she had died.  She looked perfectly fine.  She had no marks, cuts, bites, etc.  There was no foam on her mouth.  She looked like she was just walking and fell out.  I actually tried mouth to mouth to revive her but it did not work.  She had urinated on herself.  I am devastated.  My husband and I love cats and have adopted many, we just installed an 8 ft fence with a cap on the top so our babies can go in and out of the house and be protected from the dangers outside.  Our cats are well taken care of and we spend thousands on pet care.  I can not imagine that this has happened.  It does appear that she just had a heart attack.

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bikepattydc


2/28/2010 1:40 PM
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I can totally relate to the sad posts here.  My dear cat, Tiger, died suddenly on Friday night after a normal day of playing and cuddling.  However, I had a warning of sorts; the vet had wanted me to euthanize him exactly one month before, due to a congenital heart defect.  I told her no, and took him home, along with Lasix and Clavamox.  He had gone to the vet at the end of January because one day he began breathing rapidly, with mouth closed.  About an hour later we were at the vet.  The vet gave him an x-ray and said his heart was enlarged, and that he had a murmur, and his lungs were congested.  She put him on these meds and said to call in the morning if he hadn't improved.  Well, the next morning he was worse, so I took him again to the vet and he went into an oxygen 'tent' (a box), and stayed there from 8:30 until 3:30.  All the while he was getting IV Lasix, and monitored constantly.  He even got nitroglycerin on the ear.  The vet took another x-ray and said it was bad.  The lungs were even more congested and he wasn't responding to treatment.  She said I should euthanize him that day or the next.  Naturally I was distraught, but as long as he wasn't in pain, I was going to keep him alive.  I took him home, asked all my friends to pray for him, and he made what seemed like a huge turnaround within days.  I kept him on the antibiotic til it was finished, and continued the Lasix.  His energy level was good, as was his appetite, and what had seemed like a one-week scare had passed.

I came home from work to find him lying on his side in Halloween kitty position, with his tail straight up, but curved on the end, and all the hair sticking out like an electric shock had hit him.  There was a poop in his chair, pee in front of his chair, and a couple poops on the floor near him.  He died near the water dish and front door.  My friend had a cat that had seizures and said this is probably what killed him, and that his weak heart made him more vulnerable to death by seizure, rather than surviving it.
Of course I am devastated and have cried a lot, but Tiggy gave me one more month with him after the vet wanted to put him down.  I am thankful for that in a big way.  Also, the vet said some cats are born with heart problems.  He came from a group of semi-ferals that were probably inbred, so more likely to have defects.  On the outside he was normal, more than beautiful, but poor boy had some issues that were bound to manifest one day.
I feel your loss deeply and hope hearing my story lets you have comfort knowing you are not alone in this right now.  Another cat lover shares your sorrow.

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agellner


11/19/2010 3:09 PM
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We share your grief.  This morning our beautiful, sensitive tortoise shell female, Cinnamon died in my husbands arms.  She wasn't quite 8 years old.  No signs of anything amiss.  She sleeps beside him all the time and she gave an awful cry, jumped onto his chest and died.  Her urine leaked out and when he handed her to me, she was so soft and warm I couldn't believe she had died.  We have cried and cried.  Took her to the vet but decided against an necropsy.  When we googled this we are surprised by the number of people who have experienced this tragedy.  We believe it was a heart attack as her shots were up to date and she is an inside cat.  We have another cat, Fluffy, a part rag doll who we know will be yowling soon, looking for her.  He has limited eyesight so he always called for her in a special way when they would have their little tussels.  We are so sad and in grief.  We share all of that with all of you.  May their little spirits rest in peace and may we all be united one day with our beloved animals.  God hates death, He seemed to impress that on me.  That is why  Jesus came to abolish it.  The grief we feel over the separation is a small taste of what God feels for us when we are separated from Him/Her.   May you know His/Her comfort.

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monsieurjosh


8/3/2011 8:18 PM
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Dear all,
I would just like to say thank you for sharing your stories. They have been a small comfort to my wife and I today after our beloved three-year-old indoor cat Billie suddenly died this morning. She was sitting on a stool that we had set up for her to see out of the window and we were dozing in bed when suddenly there was a huge crash - she had fallen to the floor. She lay on her side in the 'haloween cat' position that someone else described, clearly having great difficulty breathing. But within probably 30 seconds she had died. We don't know exactly what caused this - she had been playing happily only last night and we'd taken her to the vet about something else less than a week ago, where she was given a clean bill of health - but reading all your stories has given us a clue as to what may have happened. Poor Billie - we loved her very much and will miss her terribly.
Thanks again to all of you for the little bit of support we've got from you today.

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drth15


8/9/2011 6:25 AM
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We are sad at the loss of your beloved Billie. It is hard to believe we can love an animal as much as we grow to love our cats.

This morning at 9:00 AM, we took our 6 year old Midnight for her annual exam. She put up the usual fight getting into the carrier, but that is how all four of 'the babies' react to vet visits.

She weighed in at a little over 15 pounds, up from last year and a growing concern to us.

As the doctor examined her she cried a few times, jerked her entire body, let out a long loud cry, and fell back on the exam table, her tongue out and saliva dripping from her mouth.

The doctor & tech tried for 30 mintes to revive her, but she was gone. We did not want an autopsy, and accepted the explanation of Cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle that is hard to detect, and can kill a cat almost instantly.

We loved, and miss our Midnight, still feeling both shock than sadness.

Your Billie could have had a similiar ailment. Have read many similiar stories today, sudden collapse, loud neow, no advance warning.

The loss is terrible. But we are thankfull for the 6 loving years Midnight shared with us.

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Virgotango


11/7/2011 3:09 PM
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Our cat George died very suddenly and unexpectedly tonight. He was only 9 years old, and a little overweight, very loving and playful up to the day he died.  Shortly after we went to bed he let out a loud meow.  My boyfriend went to check and called me from the other room and said George seems to be dying. He was no longer breathing by the time I got there, but his body was still warm and his eyes were open. We took him to Angell Memorial hospital and are just returning home at 2am.  We both loved George very much, and are grateful for the time we had with him.  Your stories are helpful because we now know we are not the only cat owners to experience this tragic loss of a beloved member of the household.

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azhuntress


11/12/2011 2:45 AM
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I understand entirely...

My father just walked in and told me my Charlie died...
He just fell off a chair, started seizing, and died.... He was only 3. He's been perfectly fine always. He was playing with my puppy just half an hour before.....

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hilaryhokrein


11/21/2011 4:39 PM
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the exact same thing happened to my cat Asher this past weekend. i came home from my birthday dinner with my family and he seemed fine when he greeted me at the front door. a few moments later i heard an awful cry from my kitchen, and he was in front of his water dish howling. i sat next to him and he started gagging what i thought was a hairball, and then he vomited white foam. i thought it was over then he peed on the floor and started acting like he was choking and his mouth and tongue turned blue. i tried breathing into his nose, but he was just gasping and struggling to breathe. his eyes were wild and looking at me as if to say, " mommy help i cant breathe!" he stopped fighting and just died in my arms. about a minute later, blood poured out of his mouth. ive been sobbing for days.

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Gills


12/1/2011 9:38 PM
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To Hilary


I am so sad to read your story, that sounds so horrible to see your cat going that way. I just lost my cat Tigger yesterday, he just died suddenly out the blue, my boyfriend found him dead on the shed roof. We are both devastated and had no idea that sudden death could even happen until we checked out websites similar to this today. It's a comfort to know we are not the only ones who have lost our little furry family members so suddenly. We cannot stop crying at losing Tigger and just cannot believe he is gone. My thoughts are with you. 

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peachykeen


12/9/2011 7:11 AM
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I can completely relate to all of these posts.


My 15 week old kitten, Cozy, a quirky and loving little tabby with the biggest eyes, died about a week ago. She had been to the vet 3 days before and was given a clean bill of health. At about 8pm on last Saturday night, after a day of normal behavior, she suddenly had a violent seizure, urinated, pooped, and vomited a little blood. She was dead within a few minutes. My roommate and I cried all night (and so far, all week) and my family drove up to bring us to a pet hospital to drop her off for a necropsy. I talked to the doctor the next morning, and he said she hadn't swallowed or eaten anything that killed her, which helped my roommate and I feel better, knowing it wasn't something dumb we left out that she ate. It will be another week before we get back a full report. I can't believe she died so suddenly, I've never lost a cat like that. She will always be missed.  

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kms


2/8/2012 1:00 AM
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Thank you all for sharing! My perfectly healthy 5 year old jet black kitty was found dead by her food bowl just over an hour ago. She was still warm and we picked her up to rush her to the vet but I could see she was not breathing and her eyes were fixed and dilated. She was in perfect health. I assumed she may have eaten antifreeze or a poisoned mouse but now I assume she had heart failure. She looked like she was sleeping but her tongue hung out and she peed on the floor. It was quite a shock to my family. We also have her mother and one sister and they all slept together which will be very sad for them when they can' t find her tonight. I hope you have all found new pets to love and honor in the memory of those you have lost.

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codragon


2/27/2012 3:17 AM
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I am comforted by your posts, so much so that I felt it appropriate to join the site just so I could reply to you all. 
My wife found our cat "Panther", ( a black Bombay) whom we got from the pound as a kitten 13 yrs ago, lying on the floor in the laundry room tonight. We got her for our youngest son to have as a pet when he was 8. We of course love her very much,and were shocked to find her in this way. 
Like many of these posts it appears that she was walking to her litter box, and she 
regurgitated some and her bowels let loose and she passed right there. My wife was in the house, but says she heard nothing at all. Shocking. No signs to speak of at all, though for a couple weeks she has seemed to sleep a little more than normal, though with a cat we all know that is a hard thing to spot really.
I know, 13 is getting up there, yet at the same time I expected her to make it another 5 years or so hopefully.
 I am right now still in shock and disbelief. We decided to bury her here at our home, where she spent most of her life. After doing so however, I could think of nothing else but to try to find a reason for this. She had just been to the vet a month ago or so and he gave her a clean bill of health. 
I am glad I took the time this morning to say good morning to her and pet her some before I went out for the day. We will miss her very much.....


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CindySiv


3/3/2012 6:11 AM
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It looks like this thread has been going on for quite a while, but I was very surprised to find it when I Googled 'sudden cat deaths.'. Last week I walked down stairs and found my daughter's 11 year old cat, Jessie, dead on the floor.  Ten minutes earlier she had been playing normally.  One of the hardest things I've ever had to do was to go back upstairs and tell my 14 year old that her "baby" had died.  She had had her since she was 3, and had never experienced death before.  It has been heartbreaking for us all.


I decided to spend the money for a necropsy (sp!), but nothing showed it.  So we have to assume it was a heart attack.  As I read all the posts here I cried and cried.  I feel like I'll never get the vision of Jessie's little still body, nor the sound of my daughter's wailing, out of my head.

I feel deeply for all of you who have experienced this.  But am comforted by the thought of the Rainbow Bridge, where we will be reunited with our little friends.

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robynn


3/16/2012 11:28 PM
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There is comfort in hearing others' stories, so I'll post mine too I guess ...

This basic same thing also just happened to me and my very loved cat Zebediah ... just a great little boy cat who roamed the house, slept in the bed, both ran from and tried to stand up to the dog, and was generally just a great little boy.  I found him dead on his side lying under the dining room table first thing in the morning after hearing in my sleep a little trying to trip you run-in on the stairs with my husband and Zeb quickly running past the dog at the bottom of the steps while the dog waited to be let outside the front door.  Mainly assuming it was a heart-attack.  My husband said after he ran under the table he hissed a little at the dog and meowed a bit of a weird meow ... and generally no one really saw him until I woke up and went downstairs.  No marks, no sign of any foul play in any sense.  I guess he could have been scared by having to run past the dog, but he was still hissing and meowing once he got under the table.   He had slept in the bed that night but when I woke up to go to the restroom, he followed me, and when I went back to bed, I closed the bedroom door and Zeb couldn't get back in.  Just after that was when I heard the little scuffle on the steps.  It just breaks my heart that I closed the door.  If his little date with destiny was going to happen that morning I just wish he had been in the bed.  Just breaks my heart.  I called my husband and he came right back home from work - made him a box - and we buried him in our yard.  My little girl and I really miss him...

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tuxedolover


3/21/2012 12:21 AM
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I left work early a few days ago. My daughter was coming for the afternoon and I was eager to visit with her. She was already at my home, heard my knock and opened the door saying "Roscoe is dead". What! This was impossible! Roscoe was the perfect picture of health. That morning he had been engaged in all of his usual stuff prior to my leaving the house at 11:00AM. He ate, played around opening and closing cupboards and finally jumped up on my bed for his usual all-day nap.

Our magnificent Roscoe came to us several years ago. I am guessing that he was about 5 years old. He was a show stopper of a Tuxedo: about 21 lbs, beautiful shiney coat and perfect symmetrical markings. He fell in love with my son and followed him everywhere. Our entire townhome community was fascinated by him for he had no fear.  In a neighborhood dominated by dog lovers Roscoe could be seen tagging along with anyone and everyone as they walked their pets.The world was his oyster, he loved life and he was going to to have  it and live it his way. Personally, I have never been more captivated by an animal  than I was by Roscoe.

On first sight my daughter thought that he was asleep and walked around him as he lay on my bedroom floor. Then she saw that his eyes were open as well as his mouth. I came home just minutes after and when I laid my hands on him he was still warm. We were in total shock. How could this happen to such a perfect speciman? No symptons, eyes clear, nose clear, no evidence of urine or feces. He lay on his side with feet crossed and tail relaxed in a soft curl as though he was simply sleeping. This just wan't happening; couldn't be happening.

Long story short, we pulled ourselves together enough to get him to the vet for cremation. I was wild with questions and disbelief. When I got home, I poured through the internet looking for answers. It appears that it was a case of cardiomyopathy or possibly heartworms, though we will never know. One thing I do know for certain, our Roscoe was a one-in -a-million. His character and shenanigans were the basis for a great cat story and he left us rich in memories and destitute over losing him.

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Lex0613


4/15/2012 12:42 AM
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I can't believe how many people have had this traumatic experience happen with their cat. For me, it just happened two nights ago. Our beloved Siena had been her usual self all day.... granted, she was getting up there at 11 years old, but she seemed perfectly healthy. I had just fed her another meal before I was going to bed, and she ate normal. She curled up on the bed next to me to go to sleep and a minute later all of a sudden started screaming horribly, cramped all over, tried to get up but couldn't walk... she kept gasping for breath, and at first I thought she is choking on something. But very quickly I realized how grave the situation is, and that she dying. I screamed for my roommate to come. My poor cat was crying so much and I could see in her eyes how scared she was. I didn't know what to do. Within minutes she died while me and my roommate were petting and holding her. It was one of the most traumatizing experiences I've had. Every time I close my eyes I hear her scream and I see the fear in her eyes. 

The vet set it's most likely hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a genetic disease where the inner lining of the heart thickens, ultimately leading to heart failure. The cats often are seemingly in perfect health until they die very suddenly. There is nothing you can do.

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shawna


4/17/2012 8:26 AM
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I hope you have gotten ano..ther cat though you can never replace the one you lost.I lost my four year old white,blue eyed cat seemingly healthy cat this morning almost exactly like you described.She had played all morning layed on her favorite place [ back of the couch ] for her morning nap about an hour later she jerked ,fell into the bay window and with her tounge hanging out was dead .All this in less than 45 seconds.We were astounded.She is buried in her yard where she loved to be.She was the sweetest cat I had ever known and she will be missed deeply.I truely hope there is a heaven for cats like ours

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Lex0613


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Hi Shawna,

I'm so sorry to hear that :-( .... I just went through this last Thursday. I hope there is a cat heaven too.

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johnandalexia


5/11/2012 5:48 PM
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Our cat, Gus, just died last night from a sudden heart attack. He was only 1 year old. Like most of these other replies, he was totally healthy. He was just playing with our dog and not a minute later I found him around the corner on his side breathing weird. I thought he was having a seizure and it was something that could be dealt with after he came out of it but then realized he was dying. I had just got home and didn't even have time to take off my shoes before this happened. 

So tragic and my wife and I are incredibly sad. He was our first cat together.
Our dog knew exactly what was happening because he didn't come close to the cat he just came and sat next to me as the cat took his last breaths. I don't think I have ever cried that hard before.
I'll miss the way he would tackle our puppy and how he would lounge across our laps.  I even miss the way he use to get into the bathroom to steal q-tips in the trash to chew on and knock the trash everywhere. He was our pal and he will be sorely missed.

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lisacstyles


5/12/2012 8:48 AM
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Wow, I have been reading these posts and am surprised that there are so many. My cat Littles died suddenly last night also. He was almost 13, an indoor cat and was very healthy and energetic. I thought I had another 5 years surely.
I had just gotten home from work and we did our normal petting ritual which lasts about 10 minutes when I walk in the door. I went to change my clothes afterwords and heard a sound as if a stool fell. I went to the living room to find littles squirming and trying to breathe. He started turning blue and then his eye fixed and dialated. I gave him cpr and tried everything I could. I felt as if he was dying faster then I could do anything to save him. The vet said he didn't choke on anything and might have had as asthma attack or heart failure. I was so grateful to have those last moments with him and also glad that I was home although I keep playing it over in my head, and am terribly saddened by what happened. I'll miss him tremendously. As I read the stories above it seems more clear that it was probably a heart attack. I've been crying ever since. I sympathize with everyone here and hope we all find strength and comfort in knowing that we aren't alone in our love for cats and what we have gone through with their Deaths.

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txcatgirl


5/21/2012 10:39 PM
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Thanks to all who have shared their posts about this terrible experience. My little girl Clover, who was a little over a year old, passed this way last Thursday. I have been blaming myself ever since, wondering what in my house could have hurt her. She had been to the vet only three weeks before it happened. That morning, I came downstairs with all five cats including Clover -- a tall, rangy calico who at 13.3 pounds was not overweight -- and stopped to pick up my glasses from a table in the living room. At the same time, one of the other cats chased her. Clover jumped up on the cat gym and suddenly fell, crying out three times. In seconds I was with her, but she was still and limp and had urinated. I put her in a cat carrier and got to the vet in under 10 minutes. They intubated her and tried to get her little heart started again but to no avail. Back home, I looked at the place where she fell -- nothing. No blood, nothing sharp on the floor. She fell from a height of between 2 and 3 feet, nothing special for a healthy young cat. The vet said that without a necropsy, he couldn't tell what it was. From what I have been reading here and elsewhere, I think it might have been HCM. (She got monthly Revolution against heartworm and was an indoor-only cat.) I miss Clover so much. Like everyone else here, I valued my cat's personality and sweetness and love and loyalty. I am lucky to have others and am feeling less nervous about some hidden danger in my house but am being super-careful and showing them a lot of love.

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Heartbroken


5/23/2012 8:27 PM
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I am so sorry for your loss and for everybodys loss on here I dont even know what to say as my beautiful baby clary died today at lunchtime.he was only 3 years old.he was an indoor cat and was completely loved and spoiled.i work from home and every day while im working he snuggles under my duvet in my bedroom until i finish work i check him regularly for cuddles and kisses and to see if hes ok weve done this since he was 8months old and he has always been perfectly fine.
today he was fine had cuddles and kisses ate his breakfast and even played with me on the bed while i was getting ready for work.

i left him at 10.15am and then came to see him again  at 11.40approx he jumped out of the bed i thought he was going to get a drink of water or go to the toilet but he fell over at my feet and started to convulse his back leg was sticking straight out and he looked so frightened and like he was trying to get up but couldnt stand.His eyes were so wide and his mouth was wide open and i was crying and massaging his heart.i rang the vet he told me to bring him in but they are 30mins drive away.i heard him miaow and when i went to lift him fully into my arms to get him to the car he just laid there still warm with his eyes and mouth open.his leg twitched again and his tongue was still hanging out and looked blue'ish.i kept massaging his heart and stroking his head.
we got to the vet but it was too late he was already gone. i think he had already passed within a few minutes of falling over as he wasnt moving after his miaow.
the vet said he could bring him back but he would be brain damaged and in a coma but then he said he couldnt bring him back as he had been gone too long.he said it was a massive heart attack or brain aneurism he said not to have a postmortem as i would never see my baby again and would not be able to bury him and it might not show anything up in tests.i didnt want my baby cut open but i am so distraught i just want to know what happened.i brought him home and have buried him in my garden.

The vet said it is rare in young cats for it to happen and he wasnt sure how he died to be 100% sure but it more than likely a massive heart attack.i wanted to find out as my mind is racing and i cannot stop crying i looked on the internet and saw this.
i have only one friend where i live as i am chronically shy and my baby cat was my lifeline and support for when im down.i am so devastated and i feel his little life was taken at such a young age with no symptoms he wasnt over weight he had no signs of being in pain even though cats hide it well there was nothing it was just so sudden,he didnt wee himself or poo there was no foam or anything. just an hour earlier we had had a huge cuddle,i kissed him and told him how much i loved him and he cuddled me back.i have no family and i just feel very lost without him.


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Bandit1


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I can't tell you all how much you have helped me try and figure out just what happened this morning to our sweet sweet cat Bandit.  I was getting ready for work this morning nothing unusual, but about 8am my 13 year daughter comes running back to my room screaming "Mom come quick somethings wrong with Bandit" to my dismay I found my husband on the floor with Bandit trying to massage his heart, he was lying there limp, eyes fixed and dilated, mouth open, lips, and tongue blue. My husband said he just started to stretch out on the floor, then convulsing, then curling up, a terrible sound came out of him, then lay there gasping for breath, staring at somebody to help him.  That's when I came into the room.  He had been fine just this morning, greeting me at the door, looking for food no signs whats so ever that this tragedy was to happen.  My poor daughter witnessed her cat die right before her eyes, I was in shock and I think both my daughter and husband were too.  I feel like it couldn't have happened, he was fine just 11 hours ago. We are so sad,as I said at the beginning of this post "Thank you for helping me deal with a terribly tragic situation."  I was racking my brain trying to think how could I have let this happen, how could I have prevented this??  I think at this point there are no answers only memories.  I will cherish ever one of them..

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Anthealee


6/1/2012 12:20 PM
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Thank you so much for this thread.  I will try and type through my tears to share our story with you... so here goes.  We have had our baby, Mr Bubbles is his name, for only a very short year and a half.  He came into our lives by total accident, while we were out walking by the river one evening, he came out of the bush, meowing with so much news to tell us, and from that day, never left our side.  Until last Thursday, when he decided it would be fun to disappear for two long days.  We sat and waited for him to return, and had accepted the fact that he was no longer with us.  It was last Saturday morning we were out calling him when we heard his cry, and there he was, far up a tree, calling out to him so come and get him down, so the rescue mission began.  The relief we felt was amazing, that we had our baby back.  We have treasured every moment with him since we thought we had lost him (just that little more than normal) and it was exactly one week later, today, that my partner came home to find him laying at the door, waiting for him mama and papa to come home to him.  After reading these stories, it seems we may have experienced the same cause of death, as you all have.  As we were growing tired of having to share our dinner at the table with Mr Bubbles, we gave him a worm tablet last night, and research is suggesting that this worming tablet may have killed the worm which has then blocked an artery.  It will take a long time until our house feels like a home again, now that a member of the family has left us.  I feel it is an honor to be taking him to the crematorium tomorrow, where we will get a paw print, and a lock of his hair to treasure.  Only a special few understand the heartache when we lose a pet, and I hope that by sharing this experience with you all, that you will take some comfort from it.  It will be a lonely night in the bed tonight, where all that is left is the matted fur from where he once lay.

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Anthealee


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"Heartbroken" - am feeling your pain, totally.  So I hope you may take some comfort in the fact that you are by far alone in this experience.  The bond you had with your baby is so so special, treasure it.

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mmontour


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I want to thank everyone. My sweet little Purrcy died so suddenly today.  He was fine and has always been fine.  But he came out of my room yowling. Sometimes he does - sorry - did that when he was going to have a hairball problem. He would vomit and be done. I waited. But then he didn't. He heaved leaked urine, gasped for air. Before I knew it, he was frothing, there was blood on his tongue and his tongue was black. I raced to the vet (80 mph in a 45) but it was too late. In the span of 30 minutes, he went from yowling to gone. There was a lot of froth. The vet checked and there was absolutely nothing in the way of a hairball so there was no obstruction. He was about 11 months when he found my door and EXACTLY 9 years and 6 months to the day since he joined the family. My heart is broken. He even had his own chair. It is going to be hard to look over and see his fur and indent but not him.  I blamed myself. He was 100% indoor but it sounds now like maybe it was his time whether I am ready or not.

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Shari


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I am so sorry for your loss. I too lost my beloved cat of seven years this morning!  It was such a shock and I have cried all day.  My cat was fine yesterday and this morning my granddaughter came and got me and said something was wrong with Stanley...he was just laying on the bedroom floor with his eyes wide open and struggling for each breath, his gums and tongue were purplish blue.  My Stanley however did not go as fast as everyone elses babies on here.  I couldn't find anything wrong with him there were no visual wounds or marks but his body was getting colder and his breathing more shallow.  I tried to give him water with an eye dropper, thinking he was dehydrated, I tried giving him antibiotics for infection but all to no avail!  I could not have gotten him to a vet in time to save him but it took him about half an hour, I really thought he might have had a seizure and would be fine when he came out of it but sadly that was not the case and I was holding Stanley as he took his last breath.  I am heartbroken and so is his friend of seven years Tito (my other cat), he keeps walking around the house howling for Stanley and then it breaks my heart all over again and I start bawling....so sorry for everyones loss...I can honestly say I feel your pain!!!  God Bless!!!

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prhodes6


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We are having a rough day today. My daughter found a very tiny baby kitten laying in the road a few months ago, we brought it home, called the vet, and proceeded to feed it cat milk with a small bottle in the position the vet told us to do. The kitten was so playful and loving and we all got attached very quickly. Last night after his normal feeding, he was playing and pawing at my face and he suddenly got a little limp and was walking funny. He laid down and pooped while laying there and peed on me when I picked him up. His eyes looked kind of glassy and he could barely hold his head up. We could not understand how he goes from this wild and crazy little playful kitten to this in just a few minutes. He had been fine all this time and we were shocked and scared so we loaded up and took him to an emergency vet right away. They took him back then came out and said they were unsure what had happened but that he was dying and they didn't think any aggressive therapy would save him. We sat there what seemed like forever trying to decide whether to put him down or try the therapy b/c we didn't want him to suffer. We all cried and cried and the vet finally honestly told us they didn't think the therapy would save him b/c he was barely breathing and too weak to survive it, they suggested we go ahead and put him down and out of his misery. We signed to do just that and cried all night and all day today, so confused about what happened to this precious kitten that we found in the road and thought we had rescued and would have a long life here with us. We are grieving so bad not knowing what went wrong for sure, We have 3 poms that are 9 years old and the younger one is 3 years old and it is really going to kill us when something happens to one of them. We have 3 other cats that I worry about every single day b/c they are 14 and 15 years old and after seeing this young one die so suddenly, I now worry much more about them. We have never lost a baby like this though, we usually only lose an animal due to old age or we had one die of feline leukemia a few years ago....never anything like this. We are heartbroken and I have found some comfort reading the posts on here of people who are goin through the same things.

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6/9/2012 2:43 AM
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I took my precious Dillon to the vet on 6/6 for some routine bloodwork and to get him groomed and nails clipped. 2 hours later I get a call that he let out a cry and just died. They administered CPR until I got there and gave him some injections to try and start is heart to no avail. He was a very healthy 6 yr old cat. I've just been in shock and even the vet said they have never had this happen while bathing a pet. I couldn't really afford a necropcy to be done, as I'd rather have that money to cremate him and buy an urn for his ashes. As sad as it is to see all these stories I'm a little relieved to know I'm not alone. I feel so guilty since bathing of a cat is not something that is necessary but I just figured since he was going for the bloodwork I would do it since it's summer and fleas are more common. Our poor 2 yr old kitty Cali is lost not knowing where he is, she just wanders around the house looking for him and sitting by his carrier. Everything in here is just a reminder of him and the fact that he is gone. We are lost without him!!

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Tarilyn


6/10/2012 4:38 PM
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Thank you to everyone for posting your stories on this thread. Although each one is so sad, they have helped me make some sense of the sudden death of our 8 year old Missy yesterday. We woke in the morning to find her dead on the floor downstairs. Her back legs were spayed out, and one front paw under her and the other beside her. Eyes open and no blood, just a little saliva. Her body was already cold and rigor had set in so there was nothing we could do. She was an extremely healthy indoor cat and showed no signs of illness the night before or ever. At first we thought that she might have tried to jump on top of the bookcase nearby and somehow fell and broke her neck, but it didn't make any sense as she never jumped on anything higher than the bed. We didn't have the vet perform a necropacy, but after searching for causes of sudden death in apparently healthy cats, now believe that is what happened. This is such a devastating and painful loss. I said her name was Missy, but that was really a nickname for Little Miss Sunshine because she full of light and happiness. 

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I was so comforted by this website.  Just about 2 hours ago I found my precious Spiker dead.  I could not believe it.  He was just 3 years old and, I thought, healthy!  Just this morning he was racing around and playing.   I went in search of him and found him under the coffee table in the living room lying on his side, eyes open, a little saliva from his mouth.  He must have passed soon before since he was still warm and soft.  I kept shaking him crying and calling his name hoping for a miracle.  I kept saying how could this happen.  I am devastated but based on the other posts, I imaging it was quick with little discomfort.    My prayers for all of you who have suffered a similar and tragic loss. 

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ScarvelliP


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I just posted a reply to the original author that started this thread but my special condolences for you since our babies died within a day of each other.  I will miss him so and the pain is so strong.  He used to wake us up every morning.  Tomorrow will be so different.  He was so full of life and such a character.  But it was comforting to see these other posts and know that it is likely there was nothing I could have done.  God Bless.

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funbunny49


6/13/2012 6:42 PM
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DearScarvellip:  We just found our beloved cat Imp dead this morning . . . he was about 7 years old and a little over weight but he was also very playful last evening, eating, drinking, purring and seemed just fine but this morning was lying on his side dead in our basement.  He also was still warm and his eyes were open but his lips and tongue were blue.  I imagine it was quick and I hope with little discomfort.  What I shock, his brother Frankie who was his brother and littermate is also lost without.  I love you Imp, rest in peace!  So I feel sorry our loss also.

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amyem


6/17/2012 8:18 PM
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It puts my mind at ease to hear these replies, as we lost our cat Colton this morning, similar to the way described here. He was only 4 years-old, way too young to leave this world.

I was sleeping on the couch when I heard him pawing at the door to go outside (typical 3am in our house). I let him out, laid back down, when I heard a terrible cry from the deck. I quickly ran outside to find him laying on his side just steps from the door, barely breathing. Within seconds, his breathing stopped. His pupils were dilated, mouth open with a bit of saliva. He was a huge part of our family, and my heart aches without him. He was diagnosed with a heart murmur from birth, and at times had difficulty breathing after coming indoors (especially when running outside), but the vet never seemed concerned about his symptoms. He had just been to the vet 3 months ago, up-to-date on all of his shots, no warning at all. I always had the impression his heart might not be pumping enough blood or fast enough, giving the labored breathing at times. I think his poor heart just gave out :(

We buried our buddy and "boy" at the farm, in a quiet field, with his favorite toys. We will miss him terribly.

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MichaelD


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On Friday of last week, my wife and I had taken the day off to finalize the closing on our first house and take possession of it.  We had spent the previous month, during the closing process, talking about all the things we were excited about in regards to Tigger, our exceptionally lovable, 4.5 year old, female tabby cat, coming with us and enjoying the new home, our home, and being able to go outside finally since we'd always lived in apartments and wouldn't let her out.  We had even budgeted for a new "cat tower" so that she could easily lounge and look out the windows at the birds. 

We closed at 8am, went to breakfast, ran some errands, and came home at 11am--excited to move and start packing.  In our excitement about buying our home, when we came back to the town home we didn't even think about the fact that we didn't see Tigger on the steps; but, also didn't think anything of it since we knew moving (one last time) stressed her out and she'd be in the bedroom.

About 15 minutes later, as we started packing up some stuff around our fire place, my wife, who loved Tigger more than any other animal she had had, found her in the position that has been described above in a nook to the right of the fireplace.  While it offers some comfort in knowing that there was nothing we could have done, we're both finding it especially hard to live with how quiet it is in our home without her--no pitter-patter of kitty feet across the hard wood floors or the jangle of her tag and collar.  However, we are thankful that if she had to go, she went in the last place we lived and not in our new home.  I can't help but think that she knew this was a very big deal for us and that if she couldn't come with us to the new home, she'd make sure that she didn't cast it in a bad light by allowing what happened to her to happen there.  I know that in a lot of ways that is a silly, possibly childish, thought but it's what comes to mind anyways.

We have had her cremated along with her favorite toys and will bring her home today or tomorrow.  We are going to be building raised beds for veggies at our new home and will bury her there once we are done.  We both know that Tigger would have loved playing in the gardens we will build and enjoyed sniffing and chewing the grass, so we want to make sure that she finds herself there and in peace.  Plus, our new home won't be complete until our "baby girl" comes home finally.

    

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7/3/2012 5:58 PM
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I just found my cat dead a few hours ago lying on the kitchen table, in a position like sleeping, only that he had bitten his tung and he had his eyes rolled over.

I want to believe that he had a painless death, heart attack or something like that. I've had him two years now and had grown very attached to him. We actually saved him from a car accident. Now I hope I have done nothing to hurry his death. It is very hot out here where I live on summer, although I always take care to let my two cats with lots of shadow and water in the house.

I simply...have my heart crushed...he had a very distinct way of making himself noticed and lightning up your day. I am terribly going to miss him.

And now I fear how my other cat will react in his absence.

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mrbrooks


7/7/2012 9:52 PM
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Hi everyone, I am so very sad to hear all of your stories but also feel a little better knowing many of your have gone through the same terrible experience.


One of my lads, Jack, suddenly died a couple of days ago, he was washing himself, purring and chatty, got down from the sofa, lay down, had a little cough, let out a terrible scream and just stopped breathing there.

I was in shock for the first 10-15 minutes, trying to see how I could revive him, but it was of course not possible...

Both my missus and I are in a state of shock and have been so upset because it was so so sudden, he was eating well, cleaning, sociable and his usual chatty funny self. 

Having spoken to the vet she believes the most likely cause would have been some form of cardiomyopathy and from all accounts I have read this sounds most likely but of course we cannot be sure.

We have chosen not to have an autopsy because I feel it could just make things worse for us. We have chosen to simply remember all the wonderful things he brought to our lives everyday.

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7/11/2012 3:48 AM
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It helps me to read these.  My cat died at the vet while I was boarding him while on vacation.  So needless to say, it was quite a shock to get a call on vacation that he had died.  He was 8 yrs.  I did not do autopsy.  They believed it was heart disease.  I will accept that.  He was fine that afternoon and had been there 2 days. I am so sad.  I did not know anything about heart disease.  Coming home last night was the worst and every night will be.  He would wait by the door for me.  I had him since he was one and got from Humane Society.  Just good to know that it does happen to others also.

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dkc1973


7/13/2012 12:44 AM
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Just this morning I lost my beautiful, sweet, tortie cat Shiva.  She was an indoor cat and 8 years old.  I got her from an animal rescue unit and the moment I saw that tiny speckled kitten I knew that she was coming home with me.

She seemed fine last night, purring and sprawling in my lap and 'talking' up a storm.  Nothing was odd at all.  I woke at 5am to hear the bells on her collar ringing - and I assumed she was scratching.  I don't know if I dozed off or if it was immediate, but I heard this thud and then her making this awful low moaning/howl.  I jumped out of bed and found her outside my bedroom door, as if she was standing and just fell over.  Part of the hallway runner rug was turned up under her - so I think the bells I heard was her having a seizure.  I ran for my eyeglasses and back to her and laid on the floor by her.  I reached to rub her head and she moved her head to my hand as if for one last rub.  She moved her front paws a bit, then she let out one long breath and she was just gone. 

She had no signs of problems, no vomiting, no odd behavior.  She was an indoor cat so I know her bowel movements were normal looking.  She was eating and drinking normally.  I haven't put any pesticides or poisons out, nor do I have mice that she might have eaten... she never was a bug eater either. 

All I know at this point is that in a flash, I lost my snuggle buddy, my little chatterbox, my guard-cat and my best friend.... and I am utterly and totally heartbroken. 

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7/13/2012 3:42 AM
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we are in the same pain. today just about an hour ago my 1 1/2 year old orange tabby named baby died in my arms. she was quiet and never meowed so when she let out a howl i knew something was wrong. she was lying on the bed and she  stiffened and started shaking. my husband tried giving her mouth to mouth but she only gasped. she was healthly and happy all day. she ate like normal. it just happened out of no where .

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Lauramae


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On Saturday while away camping our son called and said he found our six yr old kitty flower dead. I am saddened with grief because we were not home for her. She was her normal playful self on thursday and Friday morning when we left and she greeted our son at 5:30 when he went to work. He could not find her late afternoon when he got home. She always greets like a dog! Went looking for her and found her dead in basement under a bed. When we got home, I found 18 or more vomit areas all over many rooms. All bile except one where it was her hard food. I am overwhelmed with grief because it appears she suffered. Anyone experience the same type of thing? Our vet says possible hardening of her heart or swallowing a string. She never ate strings......please help me possibly know what happened. We are not able to do an autopsy

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Lauramae


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I am so sorry for your tabby. We lost our flower the day after and are devasted. I just want to say you are not alone in your grief and loss. I am overwhelmed at losing flower because we were not home with her when she suffered alone. I want to know what happened to her, but cannot accept having an autopsy on her. Our son found her under a bed in a basement. She had vomited at least18 times throughout the house and next to where she passed. what happened? That is all I want to know. It helps knowing so many others love their pets like I do and feel the grief terribly. Bless your tabby. She is playful with my kitty somewhere in the great unknown.....

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We lost our baby boy Monday morning.


I apologize in advance for the length of this post. I just need to get it out. Of course, my wife and I talk, and will talk more (and more and more)... and my 91-year-old mom (who is nearly as heartbroken as I am right now -- she had her last visit with our boy last night; he was always fascinated by his "grandma," her cologne, her bedroom, her cane, and her inability to get the door closed before he rushed out into the part of the house where he wasn't supposed to go without supervision) has been an amazing source of support, but I just need to get it all out... again... and get it out here. I'd say, "I hope you'll understand," but I have no doubt everyone reading this already does understand, too well -- for which, from the depths of my own pain, I am so very sorry.


I also hope that my words, added to all of yours, might help someone else as your words have helped me. Nothing eases this acute, fresh, unimaginably sharp pain in the wake of sudden death of a furball  you love more than words can describe. Yet there is some small relief in knowing you're not the only cat person this has ever happened to -- and that wasn't a darned thing you could have done about it.


Bonky -- Bonkers, Mister Bonkato -- was three years and four months old, less one day.


We adopted Bonky and his sister Taz from a shelter when they were eight weeks old. I could write a book and never be able express all the reasons I loved him so much (and still do); e.g.:


...how, as a scruffy lttle kitten, he suddenly decided to launch himself from a chair four feet away to land on my shoulder -- and how not one day after that passed that he didn't do the same thing ten times a day, even after his rear-end ballast necessitated his making a run up the front of me to reach my shoulder...


...how he got it into his head (without training or by example) to play fetch with his favorite toy of the moment -- and how, if he wanted to play fetch while I was asleep, he would stand over me and drop his toy deliberately and squarely onto my face...


...how he could prairie-dog for an impossibly long time to catch something dangling above his head, twirling around and around like a circus poodle while we encouraged him with calls of "Dance, Bonky! Dance!"...


...how he was never the Einstein of cats, but more like a cross between Baby Huey and the proverbial bull in a china shop -- yet how open, trusting, loving and affectionate he was, without one mean bone in his big, sleek, jet-black body...


...how everyone he met was a potential new friend...


...how he would groom my arm or my face as long as I could stand the extreme, near-torturous exfoliation courtesy of that coarse-grit, sandpaper tongue...


...how the wildly inappropriate song I chose to sing for him one day became his song, which (despite my lame rendition) would foreverafter send him into nuzzling, writhing, purring kitty bliss -- "Happy Boy" by The Beat Farmers, just because he was, indeed, such a happy boy...


I could write several books, and the entire collection would not do him justice.


My wife and I would have taken a bullet for either of our babies, and both of them have loved us as much as we have them -- but Bonky was my boy, while Taz bonded more with my wife. So, tonight, some 19 hours after The Bonk  literally dropped dead with no warning, I am alone with Taz, and Taz and I are not quite sure what to say to each other. (My wife works the overnight shift, and simply had to tonight, even though I know she would rather be here.)


What happened:


I work at home, but keep to my wife's schedule, so our "evenings" together on her nights off last until about 6:00 a.m. And it happened a little after six Monday morning, when we were about ready to go to bed. (If I believed in the sort of thing some of you are thinking, I'd agree: He waited until the last possible moment.)


I was closing things down on the computer while my wife was standing at the screen door as the sun came up, watching the nieghborhood cats play on the next roof. Bonky was doing his usual thing -- wandering around, complaining incessantly that he wasn't getting attention right! this! minute! (Can you guess how spoiled these cats are?) So my wife picked him up and stood there at the door, and the two of them  watched the outside kitties together, with my wfe relaying their antics to me.


Uncharacteristically, Bonky suddenly wanted out of my wife's arms -- mind you, this is a cat who, once attached to you, is like glue -- and jumped to the floor. I noticed this quick, unexpected move out of the corner of my eye and asked my wife if something outside had spooked him. She'd barely begun to say no when he took four or five steps, let out a tiny squeal of a meow like nothing I'd ever heard him utter, and then suddenly fell on his left side -- just dropped, like a 12-pound sack of potatoes. My wife looked at him quizzically and said, "Bonky, what are you doing?" When he didn't answer, I thought for a split second he was playing a game with us -- it would be just like him -- and then, with sudden horror, I knew he wasn't playing.


Have you ever dressed your cat in a costume for Halloween, or tried to take an older cat for a walk on a leash? You know how he or she will just flop on one side in protest of such uncalled-for humiliation? (We've always called that being "Civil Disobedience Cat.") Well, that's exactly what he did: He just flopped, silently, and with no warning, other than his odd little mew.


We both rushed to him. He was flat on his side, all four legs straight out but not stiff, his back arched (not in full Halloween pose, but close); his eyes were open, fixed, and dilated; his mouth was open just enough for the very tip of his tongue to protrude. There was no blood, no saliva, no vomit, no urine, and no feces. Not a single drop. (Jumping ahead: I have read that sometimes, with HCM, the tail will look like Kitty just got an electrical jolt, but neither my wife nor I noticed how his tail looked at the time.)


I thought he had had a seizure. In retrospect, I believe he was dead before he hit the floor.


In seconds, I had grabbed the car keys, my wallet, and a towel in which to wrap him, but my wife had already picked him up --and I saw  he was as limp as a ragdoll, his head lolling "like a bladder on a stick." We raced outside to the car, and I (the always-obey-all-traffic-rules, always-make-full-stops driver who hasn't been cited in 22 years) made the five-minute drive to the emergency vet's in half that time, not caring if there was a radar-gun-bearing cop in the vicinity. (If a cop wanted the pleasure of ticketing me, he could just follow me to the vet's and nab me there -- but I was not going to waste precious time with a Man In Blue strolling back and forth from his car to mine while he took my license and registration and ran a check.)


I will never forget that awful race to the ER, with my wife gently shaking our boy and saying, "Come on, Bonky, come on..." and I'll _really_ never forget the next sound I heard -- I knew what it was without taking my eyes off the road: my wife giving our boy mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.


Like something out of a bad made-for-TV movie, I screeched to a halt in front of the double doors at the ER, leaving the car running and straddled perpendicular across three parking spaces, and grabbed the phone inside the first door to gain access. It was no more than thirty seconds before the vet tech let us in, but it felt like an eternity. I told my wife to take Bonky in ("Take him! Take him!") while I parked the car -- which took ten seconds, tops  -- and by the time I got back inside the building, the tech had Bonky laid out on the nearest surface, right in the lobby. Hearing me, she half-turned, still looking for some sign of life in my boy, although she was saying: "He's gone. I'm so sorry. He's gone."


Dumbstruck, we followed the tech, carrying Bonky wrapped in a towel, to an exam room, where the overnight on-call vet appeared and examined him, looking in his mouth and thumping his flanks...


Bonky really was gone.


The vet was not one I would recommend. This young man may be the most brilliant, gifted vet in the world, but his bedside manner left a lot to be desired. Here we are, shaking in shock and horror (with me barely able to choke out more than two words in a row between sobs), and this guy was practically interrogating us as if we were somehow to blame for our unexpected tragedy. No, there were no poisons in the house, nor any plants. No, it was impossible he could have gotten anywhere near any prey (thanks to the neighborhood cats, there is barely a bird, squirrel, lizard, or anything smaller than a Volkswagen left within a two-block radius, and nothing save for a lizard a couple of years ago has ever gotten into our house since our cats have been there). No, he doesn't eat anything but cat food (what, did he think we were filling Bonky with pork rinds?) No, no, a thousand times no --no sign of anything.


Bonky was healthy, active, alert, vocal, and always ready to rampage through the house like a maniac, fly from the back of a chair to the six-foot-high cat climber on the door, or attack his little sister for a game of roughhousing (until it got too rough for her, and then she'd knock him back with a hiss and a swat).


A 100% indoor kitty, our boy  was up to date on all his shots, and had just gotten a clean bill of health six or eight weeks ago. Only minutes -- minutes! -- before he dropped to the floor, he had been wrestling with his sister, leaping onto the mantle to stalk a blue jay outside the window... and yet this vet was looking at us as if we'd been forcing our cat to chain-smoke, drink martinis, and eat bacon all day.


And then the vet pressurred us -- really pressured us -- to have a necropsy done. I told him that if we had all the money in the world, we would (which is true, but we are not rich people, and it was more important to us to give Bonky the only kind of care we could give him now) -- and even then, I told the vet, knowing what happened wouldn't bring Bonky back.


(You could actually see the vet's disappointment with our decision. Aside from the money issue, the more this guy pushed for a necropsy, the more my resistance grew, as did my being totally creeped out. Whether or not we ever knew for certain what happened to Bonky, I wasn't about to let my beloved boy be treated like a slab of meat for _this_ particular vet's science experiment. I would have felt differently with my own vet of some 30+ years -- a mature, deeply compassionate professional who I hope never retires.)


The ER vet made the perfunctory "I'm sorry for your loss" before his quick exit. 


The tech, on the other hand, was a living angel. Still carrying Bonky, gingerly and reverence, she led us to a small, private room, where we could sit with him on a couch and say our goodbyes. I stroked his big, wide head, tugged gently on the loose skin of his neck, scratched him in those special spots behind and below his eyes (those gorgeous eyes! still wide open, and looking as if they would spark back to life at any second), felt that funny bump on his nose (which his sister shares), and played the tips of my fingers across the pads of those big, black toes for the last time. (He loved letting me massage his toes, all around and in between.)


I pulled the towel down and looked at his back feet, and at the claws he'd accidentally dug into the fleshy part of my chest in front of my armpit last night. Through my uncontrollable crying, I said to him aloud: "Well, you little son of a -- you finally managed to find a way out of getting your nails clipped this week."


I knew he was dead, but it took wrapping my hand around his right "hand" one more time and feeling it geting cold to finalize it for me. I didn't think I could touch him, or touch him so much, the way I did (I'm not good with dead animals, or dead humans), but this was... Bonky. This was my boy, who, an hour earlier, had snapped to attention when I called his name and slapped the palms of my hands against my chest -- his signal to launch himself up my body, which he did with his characteristic trill (brrrrup!), and settle into my neck and shoulder. His essence was gone, but I had only one chance to imprint a final memory of the way he felt. Not that I could have forgotten anyway, but, for whatever reason moves us at a such moment, I needed to touch him. I'm glad I did.)


We opted for individual cremation. He'll be ready to pick up in about two weeks. And they're going to take his pawprint for us to keep. "It's really nice," the tech said about the print. "It's like he's waving goodbye."


At that, I really melted down.


Tonight, I am an absolute wreck. My wife, who appears very stoic -- and could hold it together in a train wreck just for the sake of holding me together -- isn't any better off.


And Taz... Well, she's our top concern now. When we got home from the ER, she was in her usual place on top of the TV, but staring at us with an intensity I've never seen before, as if awaiting an answer to the question, "Well? Where is he?"


It's impossible to tell if it's really hit Tazzie yet -- that her boy, too, her littermate and constant companion from birth to shelter to foster family to us, with whom she slept endless hours, and with whom she traded endless grooming sessions, and endless faux nursing sessions (yes, females will suckle on males, too) -- is gone forever.


Maybe she does know. We didn't have the opportunity to let her check out his body (which, as I've heard, can be healing for surviving cats). But she was in the room when it happened. She witnessed Bonky's death (and our mad scrambling to get him out the door and into the car). And who knows what she did while we were at the vet's? Maybe sniffed the spot where he fell?


I've given her extra attention today and this evening, but I can't go overboard (as much as I'd like to), as she's not the most demonstrative kitty, and enjoys cuddling only on her terms.


It was difficult beyond description to hold our usual play sessions this afternoon, and to speak in that upbeat tone I use when it's time for their -- I mean her -- nightly treats (some expensive, organic, holistic, green, furball-preventative thing -- I don't know what; I just ask my wife to buy more of it, and then make the kitties sit up and beg for it, as if I were the hero who slaved to bring it to them), but I'm trying my best to keep our routine as normal as possible for Tazzie's sake, to prevent causing her any more stress. (I'm determined now to get a referral for a good veterinary cardiologist and have her checked for HCM, just in case, but not while she's in the initial throes of her own grief.)


So, it's hard to spot any drastic changes in her behavior so soon... except...


- She's a bit more vocal than usual -- and a little louder when she meows.


- She been pacing back and forth off and on, and she's especially alert to any noise, as if it might herald Bonky's return.


- While I was working (or trying to work) at the computer, she took it upon herself to jump on my chest and knead while I rubbed her head. She also purred like a jackhammer (unusual for either kitty), which made me guess she was trying to sooth herself.


- She went to the toilet -- we have one of those monstrous automatic toilets that looks like a gigantic space helmet (which I recommend heartily, price be darned) -- and I thought she was going to use it, but she didn't. She only stuck her head inside for a moment, seeming to take in the scent, and then came out again.


- Twice, once when we got home and then later, we brought Bonky's collar to her. The first time, she sniffed it and did "the dumb look" (the open-mouthed flehmen response). The second time, her ears pricked up at the jingling of Bonky's bell and brass tag; when I presented it to her, she sniffed at it, then rubbed her scent glands all over it. I think these are good signs. I don't know. But maybe, even though Bonky hadn't been dead for very long before we removed his collar, Tazzie could tell the difference between his live scent and... this.


- As I write, Taz has been curled up on top of a half-empty crate of cat food, instead of on her usual spot on top of the TV (the TV is always her first choice for napping). For some reason, Bonky loved sitting on top of the cat-food crates (while to Taz, they were just more meaningless things). The top box must smell an awfully lot like him.


- There's another small cardboard box we've left on the floor for weeks because Bonky loved curling up in it so much. In fact, Bonky had left one favorite furry mouse toy in it last night (he was always leaving his most prized toys in "safe" places, so we were always dragging waterlogged "mice" out of the kitties' water fountain). Off and on today, Taz has been rolling around in that box, too.


But then, about an hour ago, I noticed that Bonky's latest favorite "mouse" was about eight inches outside the box, as if someone had tossed it out. I know I didn't do it, and neither did my wife.


I don't know if that's a good sign or not.


If you've read this far, thank you, so very much, for listening. Again, I apologize for the length of this post, but I needed to get it all out, and, after reading all the responses here, I knew this was one place everyone would understand.


Too, I hope my voice also helps the next person who stumbles in here as stunned with grief as I am now.


And, to that next person:


This was the last thing I expected to happen today. I have been owned by cats for some 35 years, and I have never lost one so suddenly like this, nor had I ever heard of HCM until I started Googling, read some articles, and landed here.


Bonky's symptoms were so classic, I am convinced it was HCM. And I accept that, without feeling angry with myself for not knowing, nor with my vet for not catching a symptom that most likely did not present itself, nor with some cruel god or universe or nature itself -- nor with Bonky for not being superhuman (or super-cat) and living forever. (Don't scoff; people get angry with the dead for leaving, when the dead had no choice in the matter. It's irrational, but it's human nature, and it happens.)


I feel no guilt -- only overwhelming loss and pain, in my heart, in my chest, in my head, in my soul -- but no guilt. My wife and I gave Bonky more love and care than some people give their human children. And (as I felt after the death of my father), I think we said everything we needed to say to each other, so that no matter when death came, for either of us, there would be no guilt. I told him (showed him) how much I loved him, every hour of every day.


No, it's not fair. Yes, I feel cheated, but I'm not angry. Three years and four months was his life span -- and, with one exception (an indescribly special boy I had to send over the bridge one day after his 19th birthday), I have never experienced so much love, laughter, and warmth with one furry little beast as I did in those three all-too-short years with Bonky. If I knew then, when we picked those two crazy, irrepressible little kittens from the shelter, what would happen today -- and even if I knew there was nothing I could do to prevent this horrible day from coming too soon -- I wouldn't change a single thing. Bonky was that special. I loved -- and still love -- him that much.


I hurt in a way I could never explain to anyone who has never bonded so closely with a boy like ours -- but I also know that, here, I don't have to explain what I'm feeling, or how bone-deep the pain goes. Thank you all for that.


Domo arigato, Mister Bonkato . I'll love you and miss you for the rest of my life.


JR


P.S. As somebody on the Web (sorry for no link; I've been reading an awful lot today) wrote: HCM needs its own publicity campaign. It sounds like HCM is a lot more common that most cat-owned people realize. I know there's a lot of talk of poison and heartworms contributing to sudden death in cats, but if this one study I just read is at all accurate, heart disease (under which HCM, of course, falls) is the second most common cause of sudden death, right after road accidents. So... what can we do to help others avoid this sudden, traumatic tragedy?


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Shadow27


7/27/2012 6:49 PM
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I too woke this morning to find my beloved 7 year old indoor cat Shadow had suddenly died during the night. Last night at midnight on my way to bed i scratched his head and told him he was a good boy he was perfectly fine no health problems eating drinking playing normally. I still can't believe it I found him laying in the hallway near my bedroom door. I am so sad I was not there for him and he died all alone. I loved him so much He will be greatly missed my kids are devastated. I can't believe how many others have lost their beloved cats this same way. We have other animals 2 cats and 2 small dogs but Shadow was our first pet he just showed up one summer day while i was grilling outside he was about 4 months old I always said he choose us as his people. I will miss those big blue eyes looking up at me. I want to thank everyone for sharing their losses. It really helps that I am not alone.


 

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Christilem


7/28/2012 5:25 PM
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JR,


I am so sorry for your loss and for the pain and sadness you and your wife are feeling right now.  I know exactly how you feel.  I'm guessing you are wondering how there could be a world without Bonky in it.  You are walking around thinking you hear him in the next room.  You can't believe he's gone because he is too big of a loss.  He is your child and your friend, and your heart physically hurts.  

I share your grief.  I read through your post, and your description of Bonky brought tears to my eyes.  He sounds so much like my cat, Lucy.  She was our 2 1/2 year old sphynx cat who died on July 5th, just 3 weeks ago.  She was a wedding present, and she made our lives better.  She was one of those special animals, who doesn't need to be able to talk to communicate with you.  There will be others in our life, but none will match our unique bond with her.  She'd crawl up our bodies to perch on our shoulders.  She'd take naps in our robes or sweatshirts.  Coming home from any outing was a ritual, as Lucy demanded to be picked up and cuddled for the first 10-15 minutes of every entry through the door.  She played in boxes, and loved to fetch hair ties.  She chattered at birds and flehmed everything.  She was a jumper.  Shoot a hair tie 5 feet into the air and she could catch it...part monkey.  She was our first child.  

Her death was similar to Bonky's.  Sudden.  Frantic.  Traffic laws were broken.  Answers offered no comfort, as the outcome was unchanging.   She's gone.  Probably HCM. An autopsy was out of the question, as her body had been through enough.  Out hearts are broken.  

There's one thing that wasn't a comfort to me at first, but has become a lifeline for me.  As painful and traumatic as it was to watch Lucy die, I can now take comfort in the fact that Lucy was not alone.  Her death was painful, and I know Lucy suffered.  I felt helpless and useless during her death, but I need to release the frustration I feel, and be thankful that I got to be with her when she left.  I was the last thing she saw, and she loved and trusted me.  I'm lucky to have been there and to have had her in my life.  I didn't get to have her in my life long enough, but I realize now, 3 weeks later, that 50 years wouldn't have been long enough.  She was and is that special.  I'm so glad Bonky knew you were near him when he died.  I can tell he loved and trusted you a lot.  He wasn't alone.  

Three weeks later I still cry.  I smell Lucy's heated bed, see a hair tie on the floor, put sheets on our bed (That was always a fun game)...everything reminds me of her because she was everything and was involved in almost everything.  But now those reminders are a comfort to me.  They make me sad, but I smile too.  I miss her, and I always will.  My new normal is going to be lonelier for a long time.  There will always be an unfilled hole in my heart for her, and I'm sure there will always be for Bonky.  

What has helped me is surrounding myself with friends who understand loss.  I hope you will too.  Also, you have this precious life at home who has lost her brother.  She needs your love, and she needs you to take care of her more than usual right now.  She is grieving.  

I'm thinking about you and your family, and I hope knowing that others have experienced the loss of a great family member has comforted you, as your post comforted me.   

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Michelen


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After reading all of these posts I am even more sad about losing my cat, Captain last night. He was 11 years old, fit and trim, energetic, the picture of health. We live in a rural area in Alaska so all of our cats roam in and out, especially in summer. I had just run down to my friends house to deliver a birthday present- just 3 minutes away, when the phone rang and it was my husband. He said,"you need to come home immediately, Captain is passing away." I raced up the hill as fast as I could and when I got here, he was already gone. My husband said that he was laying on the rug in the living room with the dog, and suddenly let out a cry like he'd never heard before, he got up ran a short distance to the dining area, let out another weird cry, collapsed and fell into labored breathing. Bill knew he was dying. As I sat on the floor stroking my beloved kitty, I noticed that even though his mouth was open, there was blood dripping out of his nose. This made me think he may have had a brain aneurism that ruptured. I wanted to put this out there for others who will never know why their healthy cat suddenly passed away. I am sad for all of us that have gone through this and offer my sympathy. I cried all night. 

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smittyimagingltd


8/5/2012 5:35 AM
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I am saddened to read all of these stories.  I know we all love our cats so much.
My 8 year old kitty daughter Didi died suddenly a month ago.  Same story as many of you.  I woke up to her moan and a wet bed (urine) - rushed to the ER but she was already gone. 

The ER vet said it was HCM but my regular vet did an autopsy anyway.  Turns out Didi did not have any thickening in her heart but it was inflamed which led to a clot that killed her.   The inflammation was caused by a virus.  Didi was a pound rescue and had Feline Herpes.  It flared up a few times in her life but would go away.  She ate lysine treats every day to help the stave off the virus. 

Well the weeks before she died the virus came back.  It really only affected her eye.  Just one.   She didnt have many other symptoms that we would see but looking back at the photos of her the days before she died I did see that she didn't feel well.  Cats have an uncanny ability to hide their illnesses.  

My vet said there would be no way of finding this inflammation on exam.  In fact, Didi was in for an exam not too long before she died.   Who knew feline herpes virus could lead to this untimely ending?

My heart goes out to everyone here who has lost their cat under these mysterious circumstances.   We donated Didi's heart to the Cornell Feline Health Center in hope that it could help other kitties.

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ElleB


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I am so happy to have found this site this morning, people who love their cats as much as i do.
I have just found my beautiful long haired, 11 month old Wilfie  outside my door Dead, lying on his back, no marks, blood , urine, poop or any sign of trauma just on his back!
I let him out this morning 6.30 (UK)  as i do every morning for the toilet then he comes back for his breakfast, i opened the door to call him at 8.30 as he wasnt back and there he was dead,
I am so sorry to be babbling on but i cannot stop crying, like so many people on here say, its the shock the unexpected death at such a young age when they appear to be so fit happy and healthy and a big part of the family .
I got Wilf with his sister Tia 9months ago , a year previous i lost my my little soul mate Benson who died age 17 years (natural causes) i expected Wilf to live as long if not longer, i just carnt believe it,
Thank you so much to everyone who has left a thread i know i am not alone with this sudden death thing and after reading the threads am crying for all of you to,
I so hope there is a heaven for our cats, it would be wonderful to meet up with them again one day,

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WeLoveCicero


8/14/2012 9:10 PM
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We, too, had an eerily similar incident. Our 9 year old cat, Cicero, was found dead in the basement when we got home from work last night. My husband put him to bed with his sister, Abby, Sunday night around 11:00pm. He was perfectly normal the whole day. It was a gorgeous day, and he was able to sit by the window and get fresh air for most of the day. I came home from work around 6:00pm Monday night, busy with my 2-year old son, I didn't get down to let them out until about 6:30p.m. Cicero is usually beating down the door to get out, however when I opened it this time, he wasn't there. I didn't think much, as he could have been sleeping or eating or whatnot. About 5 minutes later, Abby came upstairs and wanted to go outside. I let her out then proceeded with our busy night, until my husband got home around 7:00pm. His fax machine is down in the basement, where Cicero would soon be found. A minute later came the sentence I would soon replay in my head over and over again, "We have a problem. Cicero is dead." I thought he was kidding (cruel joke), then I got mad at my husband, then I was soon in denial thinking he had to be mistaken and that Cicero was just sleeping, then I became overwhelmingly sad and started crying. I was then terrified. How did he die? Did Abby kill him? Is there something deadly in my house? My strong, yet gentle, well behaved 9 year old cat is now dead? Unbelievable. I am very glad I found this website. It has helped ease my mind a little that there was nothing I could do and that we are not alone. I am dreading going home tonight. The house seemed so sad, lonely and dark all last night. I hope this feeling goes away.

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Simbaboo


8/17/2012 3:17 PM
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I am so truly sorry for your loss.    I cannot believe how many similar stories there are to match mine.

Our Simba would've been 9 on 9/11.  Indoor cat.  Great health, a mush.   Normal day.  Played with my 5 year old son, napped and played.  

Around 8PM last night, he jumped from our foyer onto our staircase (always does) and tried to grab on (always did this).  My husband said he just fell and that was it. We think it was a heart attack (or heart related).  Simba always jumped off furniture, stairs, etc.   Even beds.   Husband said he heard what sounded like he was going to sneeze, but, now i'm thinking is was gasping for air, and then he was silent.

We are just in shock.  So fast, so sudden.  It hurts!

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Nursynurse88


8/18/2012 10:27 PM
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Hi all,


I am devastated right now. My 14 month old domestic shorthair died 5hrs ago. Taiylor was a rescue from the shelter when she was six months old. She was a Christmas gift from daughter after I had lost my 13 yr old cat to thyroid disease. I played with her this morning and returned home at 1pm to the distraught cry of my oldest daughter that "Taiylor wasn't moving."  It appeared that she had a seizure as some of you described as she was in the Halloween cat position with tail puffed out. My daughter was looking online and found this website as I have been crying all day since 1 and she didn't want me to blame myself. The stories here seem true to my story but I will miss her terribly. She was often still feisty but I loved her. She was so playful and I never had a cat that played with toys and string before. I wish she were here to bite my toes now....

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CarlB


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Hey everyone, I just got the call an hour or so ago that my cat was puking up blood and went into a sezisure, I rushed home from work which took me no more then 10 minutes. When I got home, my beloved cat Thrace had passed. No chemicals around the house, she is an indoor cat and all up to date with her shots. However, she did have a heart murmur, so I think that might've been the cause. She was barely a year old. I will miss my little girl so dearly, it's absolutely unbearable right now. It'll be worse when my wife gets home I'm sure. =\

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I know what you are going through. I need to vent to someone, My Cat Captain Hook died a couple hours ago.  I don't know what happened I am still in shock. he was ok all day, he was healthy.  I had just brought his window buddy inside (she is the outside cat) for a few min. and I heard an awful cat noise I went running and Hook was all twisted up like he was having a siezure I was sceaming at him... and then I saw pee and I screamed NOOOO!! Don't Die! I gave CPR to him. He twitched his tail a few times and he was gone.  he was only 4. I am just numb right now.  This is so crazy. No more pets for me I cannot handle this.

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Finding this thread was very helpful and just being able to see that a lot of people have gone through this makes me feel slightly better and also hints at why mightve happened. Fudgie was only around 8 months old, she was small but extremely feisty, jumping onto anything that moved and attacking it with her claws. She loved playing with the spongy little football she had, especially lying on her side while me or my brother rolled it to her, after which she would proceed to claw and bite it, until it got free and we rolled it back.

Just last night when we gave her dinner she tried to bite my clothes and was jumping around; in general being her jolly old self. She ate her food properly and there was nothing abnormal in her behaviour. Then, at 6 in the morning the guard downstairs called and said she had died. I rushed downstairs and she was lying splayed in the position many people mentioned. There was some vomit/liquid near her mouth. He told me she had run around a lot, sometimes in circles and then just collapsed and died extremely quickly. By the time he got to calling us, she was already gone.

My vet thinks it could have been a poisonous bite from a small animal or a heart problem. I dont think i'll ever know. I just hope she wasnt in too much pain when she died and that she had as good a time in the short few months with me as I had with her. May she and all these other kitties rest in peace...

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On Tuesday 9/25/12 our cat, Stormy, died.  He was 10 years old and I had the pleasure of being in his life for 7 years.  He entered into my life by my wife.  He was part of the package deal.  My wife had him since a kitten and tells me how she feed him through a bottle.  I can't believe I fell in love with him so quickly.  He was a joy to watch and be around.  Following us all over the house. Clawing at our ankles.  Rolling around on his back, jumping on the bed and couch just to say hi then jump off..  Informing us of a fire in the apt building we lived in and whenever bats got into the house.  My wife found him dead first lying at the foot of the bed where he always laid and would jump off when he hear us enter the house and run down the stairs to greet her or me or both.  He guarded the house fom strangers,many people was afraid to enter becasue Stormy was protective of us.  Even though he won't let me pick him up and would fuss when my wife did he still wanted to be around us.  He had been constipated for two weeks and too himelf to a point, last week up until yesterday he was coming around jumping over things and jumping into the widow sill were I left him Tuesday morning looking out the window at the tree in front of our building. He'll be missed and loved forever in our lives were he played a major part. Love you always Stormy.  Peace.

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SchmidttheKit2012


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Obviously this thread has been going on for quite some time.  I can't tell you how much of a comfort it has been in my time of sorrow.  My cat, Schmidty, died yesterday.  I had him put to sleep at the vet's urging as he was dying from heart failure. 

He began to act strangely on Monday night; I noticed that he didn't meet me at the garage when I came home.  I thought nothing of it.  The next day, he was still quite lethargic and I noticed that he seemed to be breathing heavily/labored-like.  Again, I assumed that maybe he had a cold.  I finally took him to the vet yesterday thinking they would give him medication, take a stool sample and possible some blood and he'd be back to his awesome self in no time.

However, much to my dismay, my daughter and I were given the worst news ever.  The vet said that he was in a lot of pain.  He would cry out sounding like a baby every so often.  It was heart wrenching. 

My daughter and I fell apart right there in the office when the doc left to give us time to make a decision.  I had not intention of taking my cat's body home in a box but that's how the story ended.  I have been crying since it happened and since I didn't work from home today, I have spent some time in the bathroom balling my eyes out.

Schmidty was the best cat in the world (my opinion) and I don't know how to get along without him.  He was only 3 years old and is now buried in my backyard.  I vowed yesterday not to ever get another animal.  I have another cat who misses her brother terribly.  After reading this thread, I feel so much better that I'm not alone.  And at the same time, terrified that this happens a lot more than I thought.  I'll sure miss my Schmidt the Kit - forever!

Schmidty (9/19/2009 - 9/26/2012)

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Tunde


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Our beloved Lompi died of heart failure tonight. But he did not have the luck to drop dead. No, first he could not breathe, there were these gurgling sounds and then he was stabilized by our vet and then x ray and bloodwork all the stuff were done last Friday. The vet did not make us much hope.

And then tonight I noticed again te labored breathing and then the beginning paralysis of the hind legs, which is an extremely bad sign. I took poor Lompi to the emergency clinic but it was obvious that he had arrived at the end of the road.

He was not even 5 years old. It is not normal what happened. No one should tell me that it is normal that cats drop dead suddenly in such a young age.

The vet who euthanized our young cat, told me that it is mostly "genetically determined", but honestly, I have never heard of cats dying so young...

Maybe because when I was a child, back in Hungary, all cats were fed raw meat, often chicken necks, some chicken hearts...

They were fed what cats naturally eat: dead animal parts. Now they are fed abnormal foods.

Nowadays we are "blessed" with industrial pet food full of GMO and inappropriate ingredients. Hill's inclusive.

Read up for yourself...

http://www.catinfo.org/

http://www.catinfo.org/?link=felinediabetes

http://www.catinfo.org/?link=felineobesity

and so on...

And then most of the cats are vaccinated yearly...

Most of our pets are given dewormers every couple of week....

This is not healthy, either! Neither is it necessary!

Read it for yourself...

http://www.change.org/petitions/veterinarians-fully-inform-us-before-vaccina
ting-our-dogs-and-cats
http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/
http://www.caberfeidh.com/Titers.htm
http://www.dogs4dogs.com/JR_Articles/Rabies%20Scam%20Article.htm
http://www.dogs4dogs.com/truth4dogs.html
http://www.holisticat.com/vaccinations.html
Tunde
 

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Tunde


10/2/2012 10:05 AM
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P.s.: our veterinarian told us that he sees an increasing number of cats with heart disease in his praxis nowadays.

I saw a documentary about Monsanto and - among other things - about their GMO food. Their GMO plants were tested in Great Britain by a local university and the researchers were very hopeful as all the stuff sounded so great.

Then they noticed that something was very wrong with the GMO stuff. The animals reacted with disease when they were fed GMO organisms.

As the saying goes "You are what you eat"

How true. After the Monsanto monster plants failed the European tests, the researcher who did the tests and publicized the bad news was promptly fired.

Here is the full documentary... wake up people, that is what you eat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0uls507hvMv

I am mourning my cat, who was fed crap food most of his life and I remember the researcher saying in this documentary so approximately "I did not want the people here to serve as guinea pigs..."

But besides GMO the pet food, which is unregulated, is even worse. See for yourself...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAZrpWzAzww&feature=related

No wonder so many cats are sick, so many die young.........

...same for dogs, of course. Very sad...........

I am convinced that many sudden pet deaths (and various illnesses) would have been avoidable when pets would be fed appropriate diets and would not be totally overvaccinated and overtreated with chemicals (spot on every 4 weeks and so on...).

For my poor Lompi it was too late. I can only hope that for other pets it won't be.

Even if there ARE some deaths because of genetic defects, many, MANY sudden deaths have in my opinion nothing to do with the genes but with the things mentioned above.

Please read the information and try to protect your next pet as well as you can...

I can only hope to see our poor, beloved Lompi again at some point, on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, free of pain, fear and suffering.

Run free our angel.

 

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patty716


10/7/2012 3:57 AM
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hi, my cat Henry died the same exact way today... My husband said he was gone by the time he got to the vets. We never imagined he had any heart problems. The strange thing is I have cardiomyopathy also. its so sad that he died (possibly) from the same disease I have.He couldn't have gotten into any meds or anything..I just know hes at rainbow bridge with my other kitties waiting for me.

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patty716


10/7/2012 4:11 AM
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oh my henry was 8 years old, neutered male. I guess its more common

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Gillian


10/23/2012 11:12 PM
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Tonight just 4 hours ago my beloved 6 year old Maine Coon Dougal was playing with me in the garden. Less than an hour later he was dead. 

He had been playing as usual-full of life and in fab health. He came in jumped on the sofa onto my partner and lay playing paddy paws on him. He then climbed on the back of the sofa. In less than a minute he just rolled off straight onto Paul's legs lying on his back and made a howling noise. He howled just 3 times in total and passed away in my arms in less than 30 seconds.. 

I am still trying to come to terms with losing such a young cat. If it had been my 18 year old who is ill I could have accepted it. I had to ring my pet sitter and tell her. She was devastated as she had been looking after them just this weekend. We are at a loss as to how we help Dylan his mate cope. He's an entire male who although not Dougals brother is the same age and was brought up as part of a large shared litter.He and Dougal share the same grandfather/father who died of heart failure so we are now worried for Dylan. 

We have arranged a post mortem on Dougal for tomorrow because of this. We want to know why he died so young. The vet seems to think it might be an embolism or  a heart attack. 

Our only comfort is that Dougal lived life at full throttle and although life was short he loved every moment of it, not counting the days but making the days count and his life ended in less than 30 seconds. That I could not wish for better. He left us to carry his pain. Bless him!

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marciemeow


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im so sad reading through all of these about your beloved cats, dying so suddenly and for the most so young. Im anticipating sadly this going to be happening to my cat Muffin, who has Congrested Heart Failure and I just found out a week ago. Otherwise no symtoms either except for last week the heart seemingly beating fast and him being short of breath - just out of the blue. After many tests and him being on oxygen for nearly a week was told he wont live for much longer than 2 - 3 months, has congested heart failure with fluid building up into his lungs cos of it and he will need Medication for the rest of his life, which wont be long, but he could just drop dead any time due to blood clot which would have gone to his brain. Because of the poor heart. I would say that thats the cause of some of the cats that have died suddenly. I have so many tablets to give him that I sometimes feel the stress of giving them to him, is stressing him ( not to mention me) he doesnt have pain otherwise my vet has assured me.

Its a heart breaking decision to make, if he were old as you had said Gillian, like your 18 yr old, though sad still to make that decision, but at least would have lead a life full of 18 yrs. Muffin is not a kitten, he is middle aged, being 9 yrs, but I feel he still had/has years to live, so he came heartbreaking to me to get this awful news, I broke down right there when the vet told me. Maybe it is best when they just die suddenly in less than a min, no pain, no stress for either your cat or for you.

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Jeannettemg


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Almost the same situation happened with my 10 year old phoebe yesterday. I am completely torn to pieces. Reading everyone's posts have been very helpful. Everything seemed totally fine with phoebe. She had just eaten dinner, was walking along and out of nowhere she started gasping for air, became stiff as a board and her tongue turned blue. It was easily the most terrifying 15 seconds of my life. From what ive read - it seems to be heart related. I guess I would rather have her die of sudden death than watch her be sick and be in pain... I never pictured my life without her. My entire home is different - missing part of its soul. Sleeping was impossible last night. We are planning her burial for this evening. Even though I know she technically isnt in her body anymore it is still incredibly difficult to stomach the thought of putting my precious Phoebe into the cold dark earth... For those of you who have experienced loss - what are your thoughts on getting a new pet and how soon? 


Thank you

Jeannette 

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moosejaw1


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Ironically on the same day as you......My beloved Joey passed away

Yesterday morning i woke up and as I prepared to leave for work. 
I opened the garage door
I found my buddy joey underneath my car on his mat where he always slept in the garage. 
Joey was a indoor cat. 
Hours before I remembered patting him on the head and told him he was such a good boy like I did every night. 
He really was a well-behaved cat. He never scratched or bit me as other cats did when i was a young child. 
He was very quiet, reserved, and inquisitive. He was always ready to play day or night. Very active for a indoor cat. 
He galloped like a horse. He always wanted to sleep in my room but he would keep me up at night. 
So i always let him sleep outside the door. I made a bed for him so he was comfortable. He woke me up every morning by scratching at the door.

He was only 18 months old when he passed. 
I was heartbroken when i found him under my car in the garage that morning. 
There was a little vomit and poop at either end of the cat. Other than that I can honestly say there was nothing wrong with him physically. 

Anyways I pulled him out from under the car and went upstairs and got his bed. 
It was actually his sister's pink bed but e commandeered it. 
I placed him in his bed and moved both cars out of the garage to see if there was antifreeze on the floor...there was none. 
He appeared very peaceful as if he died in his sleep. 
I was still in shock as i placed his body/bed on top of the washer/dryer. 
I called animal humane services who were very kind, i cried on the phone as i gave them my address and Joeys particulars. 
In a few hours a gentleman from their service came by and chatted for a bit. I told him Joey was my son and im going to miss him deeply. 
He said my cat appeared to be healthy and couldn't see any evidence of foul play. 
My friend came over to console me as the man placed Joey in a body bag and tagged him to be cremated. 
I wept as he drove away with my little boy.

In the last 24 hours Ive accepted his death and am happy he was content when he died. 
Far too innocent to have died this young. 
Im not at all a cat person but I don't remember having enjoyed a cat as much as i did Joey. 
Im grateful for the time spent with him. By far the worst week i can remember in a long time. May god have a special cloud for my son.

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christym


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It is comforting to read so many replies when you feel all alone when something like this happens.  A month ago our rescue kitty, Raina, dropped dead with no warning at all.  I was SO glad that the night before she cuddled and slept with me all night purring. I never would have guessed that something was wrong.  Less than 12 hours later she gave 3 or 4 loud howls and dropped dead right in front of my 10 year old daughter.  She had some bleeding and foaming from her mouth.  We were devastated.  She had a horrible beginning to her life and a horrible death.  I can only hope we made the middle better.  She was only about 2 years old.  She was our baby. The sweetest, most gentle, calm cat.  She had a rough start.  She was abused, some one docked her tail, she was hit by a car, and was blind in one eye.  But she trusted us from the start and gave us so much love from day one when she shouldn't have trusted any human at that point.  We love her, always will.  No kitty will replace our Raina.  It was so heartbreaking to lose her that way.  I honestly think a lot of her death was from her injuries, even though she had an exam right after we adopted her and got a clean bill of health.  We also did not get an autopsy and somedays I wish I would have so I would know for sure.  I live with so much guilt over this that I should have/could have done something. I would have done anything for that cat. :( Thank you all for sharing your stories.

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I'm consoled by the posts.  I'm still in shock.  Just 30 minutes ago I found my precious kitty Truxtun lying just out front on the walk to the front door.  He was 13.

He was a cat's cat, bold, proud, fast and smart.  He knew both of my cars and every day would run out to greet me when he saw me drive up in one of my two cars.  When he was four or five he would take on all comers but never looked for trouble outside of defending his territory.  He would bolt up a tree and walk far out onto a thin branch just to put the fear in me.

When he got older he had more needs for affection and companionship, things I did not always supply well to him.  I live alone and work during the day.  I sometimes wondered, as he got older, if he just didn't really like how lonely he had to be all of the time.

He passed so suddenly.  I'm so glad he never got injured, sick, attacked by a dog, or had to suffer much ever in his entire life.

I never lived with anyone except Truxtun.  He knows I tried my best.  I'll always love him and tell him all the time that I love him.  I picked him up earlier this afternoon, kissed him, smelled his beautiful little body, and told him I loved him.

Me and Truxtun will never be apart.

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I, as well, am consoled by these posts, last night our 16 week old kitten, Oliver, that my wife found as a 4 week old abandoned stray (and bottle-fed till he was able to eat solid food), had a seizure lasting a few minutes, rolling on his side and meowing loudly, he had seemed lethargic for a few days and we thought it would pass...this morning my wife took him to the vet where he again had a seizure, the vet drew blood and suggested that Ollie stay for 'observation', by the time she got home, the vet called to say Oliver had died in his office....16 weeks old!!! we are all still crying, he was the BEST little guy! never did anything wrong, even used his litter box from his second week home

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javasarah


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I came across this string after Google-ing 'sudden cat death'.  My beloved baby girl, Daisy, died on Christmas night. What cruel timing.  It was just like what everyone else has described - she was acting perfectly normally.  Just minutes before I was sitting on the floor talking to her and petting her and she was doing her little kitty dance of walking around in circles so I could pet all of her equally.  I stood up and turned around and then I heard a thud. My husband said he saw her fall over onto her side, her legs stiff and splayed.  He went over to her and said she was having a seizure.   He opened her mouth to see if she was choking. He tried giving her mouth to mouth, and to massage her heart.  She let out this awful, heart-wrenching meow and went completely limp.  I watched her pupils dilate completely open.  We RACED to the animal hospital but it was what we already knew - she had died.  She was 13, almost 14, but in amazing health.  She had just gotten a check up and clean bill of health.  It was a horrible shock and we are devastated.  She was our baby and we loved her SO MUCH. Reading these other posts has been stunning to me...I had no idea how common this was.  I knew she was old but I thought we would get to say goodbye to her - not that she would just be here and gone in an instant.  I am heartbroken beyond words.

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Kitkatkrish


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I just found this site while trying to search for a reason or an answer to why my healthy, happy kitty passed away tonight. I'm on vacation visiting my finances family in a different state, and my two cats have been with my parents for a week. My dad just informed me a couple hours ago that one of my cats passed away - no signs or symptoms - they just came in and found him on the bathroom floor. I'm absolutely devastated. I can't stop crying... But reading all of your stories gave me a little more comfort because I know I'm not alone. When animal control came in, they said that cats can die from heart attacks and heart worms - without any indication. I hope that's how he went - quick and painless. It breaks me to pieces that I didn't get to say goodbye or pet him one last time.... I'm absolutely heartbroken...

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jerialice


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I just found this site too- I am in shock and btw- terrible way to start a new year.
Toot Suite is gone- just like that.

I had two elderly kitties, they are both 15. I had just lost my buddy, Mr. Pantera Puss last August and was hopeful that me and the girls would have some good days together... and we have ....sort of.

I got Toot in 1998, she was in a litter of kittens I met because my shiba-dog chased Toot's kitty mom up into the human's yard ( the "owner" ). I was in the area looking at land and Meg was the first friend I made here- all because of dogs and cats!
There were two really cute litters of kittens at Meg's and I wanted them all!
However being in the process of moving and having no idea where I'd end up I had to resist.

As fate would have it, I ended up about 20 miles from Meg's and where Toot began her life. Meg and hubby decided they had too many kittens and so at an early age they were taken to  church in my new area for adoption. Some of my neighbor's kids took the soon-to -be-named Toot home without permission. The kitten spent about a month there underfed, no shots, covered in fleas and being stepped on. Yes I saw it all. On the pretext of helping the kids with the kitty, I basically kitty napped her and rushed her to my vet in the nick of time. So she became my "original munch bunch" here on the ranch and snuggled, danced, purred, and loved me. I eventually got three more cats, one more rescue, one that moved in ( Mr Puss )  and one I actually asked for!

Toot has always been a little odd due to the flea toxicity and bad childhood, and when she got older she became grouchy Toot- but that was OK, she was the best purr factory and was very devoted to me. She did not come out of her hidy hole for much of anyone else. she didn't much care for the other cats but did end up liking my manx towards the end...

One thing is she always gulped her food and sometimes would erp it back up cause she ate too fast. She was also quite vocal about demanding her food and plenty of it NOW!
I tried for years to tamp that down and started feeding her small portions more often the last 6 months. I did have a a cat physical done on them all about a year ago and there were no problems with Toot except she was grouchy :)

About 6 months ago it seemed she had extra wt. on her belly, but she did not let me probe her much. She also had some rice sized knots near the kidneys/spine that I was fix-in' to get checked- about a month ago I noticed her feet were colder than I recalled. I looked it up and that seems to be somewhat common as they age; she also started having tiny little shock like tremors when she'd jump on my lap about 2 weeks ago. My plan was to take her in after the holidays- of course these things always happen on the holidays.

Anyway she was eating like a horse ALWAYS hungry, always purring, and seemed ok. Last week she would cry outside my door wanting more food in the midst of the night.
I felt horrible since I knew I should not overfeed her. She has always had a decent diet for my budget, some Sci Diet, mostly grain free, chemical free foods.

On 12-30 she came up and just looked at me and wanted to hang out at my chair- so I gave her extra pets and praise, and told her I hoped Jesus comes before you die so we can go together....I just had a weird feeling. I let her sleep with me too, which is rare since I have allergies. It was a wonderful weekend and I was off work too.

Monday she was really hungry and so I did her little dabs will do ya feeding and she would not stop begging for more so I put her in the kitty condo around 11Am to watch birds and chill out. I also put the other remaining kitty with her and they were both napping and seemed fine. Since I had my god-daughter coming to spend the night, I fed them early and left them out there until I could get us settled-they were both acting normal and happy. At 6:30-7, I went out to bring everybody inside, and Toot was gone! She has never spent the night out and I was afraid she had somehow gotten out of the enclosure- it is very dark out here and I figured she would show back up on the porch like she always does. I did look around for a bit, but couldn't see well and it was misty last night. I just knew she would get hungry and come in! My cats have NEVER spent the night outside the house.

She never showed up, by midnight, I was a wreck but had to act OK for my little 10 yr. old visitor. I was very concerned due to coyotes and bob cats, that she was out all night...she did not show up this morning either....so I took my kid home and praying PRAYING she would be back as usual on the porch, but no. So deciding I needed to really look for her, I went all over to every building, calling, shaking food etc. YOU KNOW HOW THAT IS.
I was still thinking she got scared by fireworks and was just hiding.

I finally went back into the kitty condo and started looking everywhere - there are a few pallets to cover up dog holes and although I looked last night, I looked again- one of them I had blocked up so they wouldn't crawl under it or in it,  because I had seen scorpions under there- so last night I did  not look under that one place. Tonight I did. When I pulled up the carpet & pallet there she was!

i said, "Toot- where have you been???" I started to pull her out, but she was stiff and cold cold cold. I lost it. OMG, I was so shocked. She looked like she was just asleep. Thank God my neighbor came over and helped me extract her body, she was too stiff to pull back out of the slats. We got her out and no blood, no wounds, no foam, no urine, feces or and any indication of problems, she was just gone. Frank thinks it was  heart attack. I thought she had gotten wedged in, but once we got her out I could see she was relaxed and posed as if sleeping. I stayed with her for 30 minutes to have the last physical time on earth- my old dog came and put his hands on her too. Bali the other cat is very quiet today...

AND I HOPE I THAT I AM NOT TO BLAME. How can they go from fine to dead so fast? I am not sure really when she passed? But within 3 hrs. max I was back out there to get them and she did not come.... it may have been she was already gone. I guess I'll never know and I have to come to peace about that- that's the really hard part. I am single and they are my closest family. I hope I didn't let her down.

These posts have helped because I see that the sudden death makes it hard to accept there was nothing to be done....(but what if she was there all night? etc etc.)
my mind can go crazy on this.

meanwhile she is just gone like that. I agree with the other poster who said to make the most of every minute. You never know. I also believe we will meet again- I just love them too much, and God must love them more. Oh Toot, I love you and I love you, and I miss you already. Did you know your time was come?????

If anyone has any ideas on COD, please let me know, in case I can prevent anything in the future- maybe sometimes it's just their time- but what if?
Thanks for letting me ramble on- I am devastated- she was such a part of all of our lives here-
love peace and comfort to you all- see you at the bridge.

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compoundia


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Its really sad.  I think it might caused due to sting by an insect's.

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sjmarsden


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I can feel all your pain.


My lovely 8 year old, long haired died last night. He was the most affectionate and gentle cat I have ever met, though he was also naughty but we loved him for it. Last night he was sitting on a chair and I went and patted him. He stood up to greet me but all of a sudden he couldn't walk or move. He tried to move forward but he couldn't. Then there was this howl filled with immense pain and his eyes were pleading with me to help him but it was so fast. He fell off of the chair and onto the ground. His tongue was sticking out and he had fallen on his tail, his eyes were wide open. I could feel his heart beating really really fast. And then he was gone. I keep thinking  if I hadn't gone to pat him or if I had maybe caught him, he would be ok. He was so healthy, we are all devastated. We love him so much and he loved us back. My mum has suspicions that he may have been bitten by a snake, being so fluffly we could have missed a snake bite. She didn't see it though and to me it looked like his heart.  Rest in peace little one <3 I love you so much.

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I am so sorry to hear this.
My cat Killa died when I was just 6 years old.
I was sleeping in my room when I woke up to my parents talking. I came in and asked what happened, but my Dad was out the door, carrying Killa.
He took her to the vet and I sadly don't remember what caused this, but Killa's only options were to either be euthanized or to live for only a couple of more days in a lot of pain. My Dad decided to euthanize her because she was a very old cat, and my Dad didn't want to see her in pain.
I remember I used to sing "You are My Sunshine" to Killa every night.
She was my best friend.
I still cry when I think of her.

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This happened to my cat Sheba, sudden death, 11 years ago now, when i was in first grade.her death has always been a mystery to me.

I am not sure, could be a long shot, but maybe he got into some chemical that caused a reaction?

Hope you find what your looking for

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missmykitty


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First off so sorry for your loss. I have just shared your traumatizing experience. My 15 yo babygirl, Boomer, who was fit, trim and healthy just passed in a similar manner. 2 nights ago as I was just shutting my eyes after an uneventful day I heard a horrible cry come from her room,(we also own a dog so we separate the 2 at night) I got out of bed to check on her. She was sitting on her bed, let out another scream,gasping,choking, ran wildly into our bedroom. My husband woke up to me screaming as I knew she was dying. I now believe that she knew as well and wanted to be with us rather than alone in her room.  We got her on the floor and my husband tried CPR, 2 breaths went in, I thought she might be okay but his next 2 breaths escaped back out, I knew she was going. So we just held her, petting her and letting her know we loved her. We layed her back on her bed wrapped warmly until the morning when he buried her in her little bed, with her favorite toy, warm and snug. It was heart wrenching and like you, still hear her cry and see the fear in her eyes, so scared. I just kept asking "what the hell just happened?" it lasted not even 10 minutes from the first cry. Reading yours and others experiences have helped a little as I now know it was nothing I did or could have done other that what we did.Thank you for sharing your story.

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I am feeling the same as you all!! I am so happy to find all your posts!! I was lucky enough to have had a very short time with my boy Jax, he was a purebred Bengal and had the most amazing funny personality!! Two nights ago, my 8 old daughter was going down the basement stairs with him and she said he was wiggling all over she dropped him and he hit himself on a table!! I heard a horrible meow, I ran down and he was convulsing, he urinated and pooped and I was petting him and begging him not to go!!! He was only 8 months old!! He died within 45 seconds to a minute!!!! I am completly devastated! I assumed that when she dropped him he sustained some sort of head injury or broke his neck!!!!! Imagine the guilt my baby girl has on her shoulders!! She said he felt like he was having a seizure, as she had seen my dog have before. I came across all of these posts and thought that maybe he was!! I need answers!!! I am dying every day with guilt and sadness!!! He was the most amazing guy, woke me every morning!! Watched me brush my teeth every day while playing in the water!! :e was there to greet me every time I walked in the door!!! I have such a void now it is almost unbearable!!!!!!

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jamnaughton


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Our cat, Stewart died suddenly just a few hours ago.  I have been at a loss as to what could have happened to her.  She was 10 years old and was perfectly fine this morning.  She ate this morning but, I noticed that just this past week, she was becoming picky about her food. 


Reading the prior posts, our situation sounds very similar. When I got home, I walked right past her thinking she was sleeping but I noticed that she was lying in urine.  I kept calling her name to get out of the urine but she never moved.  When I looked at her, her tongue was slightly sticking out of her mouth and her eyes were slightly opened.  She was still warm as if it just happened.  She was gone.  

I am not sure if I should have the vet determine cause of death or just accept the fact that she is gone. Stewart was a rescue and in the end, I believe she saved us!  God Bless her, we miss her.

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I just lost my good buddy Jack last night.  He was a very large all white Maine Coon and a great cat.  He was playing around all day long and didn't seem to have any issues at all.   At one point I heard something tumble and believed it was my daughter in her bedroom upstairs.  I heard her talking so I assumed everything was fine.  A short while later my wife went to go down the basement and saw him laying at the bottom of the stairs motionless.  He liked to stay in the basement or the garage most of the time, probably because his coat was so thick and the cool air was more comfortable.  When he wanted to come upstairs he would come to the basement door and push it with his paw.  I believe that's where he was when he died.

Everyone's comments are very comforting for me.  I was trying to figure out if there was anything I could have left out that he may have eaten that could have killed him and was feeling very guilty.  After reading, I understand that it is a fairly common thing, especially among Maine Coons.  Though that doesn't take away the pain of the loss, it does alleviate much of the guilt.

Jack will be missed dearly by everyone in the family, especially my five year old daughter, who as of now only believes that Jack "ran away with his wife" as well as our Rat Terrier Mario, who has been searching the house endlessly for his pal Jack.

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2/7/2013 4:32 AM
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I just lost my good buddy Jack last night.  He was a very large all white Maine Coon and a great cat.  He was playing around all day long and didn't seem to have any issues at all.   At one point I heard something tumble and believed it was my daughter in her bedroom upstairs.  I heard her talking so I assumed everything was fine.  A short while later my wife went to go down the basement and saw him laying at the bottom of the stairs motionless.  He liked to stay in the basement or the garage most of the time, probably because his coat was so thick and the cool air was more comfortable.  When he wanted to come upstairs he would come to the basement door and push it with his paw.  I believe that's where he was when he died.

Everyone's comments are very comforting for me.  I was trying to figure out if there was anything I could have left out that he may have eaten that could have killed him and was feeling very guilty.  After reading, I understand that it is a fairly common thing, especially among Maine Coons.  Though that doesn't take away the pain of the loss, it does alleviate much of the guilt.

Jack will be missed dearly by everyone in the family, especially my five year old daughter, who as of now only believes that Jack "ran away with his wife" as well as our Rat Terrier Mario, who has been searching the house endlessly for his pal Jack.

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I just lost my good buddy Jack last night.  He was a very large all white Maine Coon and a great cat.  He was playing around all day long and didn't seem to have any issues at all.   At one point I heard something tumble and believed it was my daughter in her bedroom upstairs.  I heard her talking so I assumed everything was fine.  A short while later my wife went to go down the basement and saw him laying at the bottom of the stairs motionless.  He liked to stay in the basement or the garage most of the time, probably because his coat was so thick and the cool air was more comfortable.  When he wanted to come upstairs he would come to the basement door and push it with his paw.  I believe that's where he was when he died.

Everyone's comments are very comforting for me.  I was trying to figure out if there was anything I could have left out that he may have eaten that could have killed him and was feeling very guilty.  After reading, I understand that it is a fairly common thing, especially among Maine Coons.  Though that doesn't take away the pain of the loss, it does alleviate much of the guilt.

Jack will be missed dearly by everyone in the family, especially my five year old daughter, who as of now only believes that Jack "ran away with his wife" as well as our Rat Terrier Mario, who has been searching the house endlessly for his pal Jack.

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I just lost my good buddy Jack last night.  He was a very large all white Maine Coon and a great cat.  He was playing around all day long and didn't seem to have any issues at all.   At one point I heard something tumble and believed it was my daughter in her bedroom upstairs.  I heard her talking so I assumed everything was fine.  A short while later my wife went to go down the basement and saw him laying at the bottom of the stairs motionless.  He liked to stay in the basement or the garage most of the time, probably because his coat was so thick and the cool air was more comfortable.  When he wanted to come upstairs he would come to the basement door and push it with his paw.  I believe that's where he was when he died.

Everyone's comments are very comforting for me.  I was trying to figure out if there was anything I could have left out that he may have eaten that could have killed him and was feeling very guilty.  After reading, I understand that it is a fairly common thing, especially among Maine Coons.  Though that doesn't take away the pain of the loss, it does alleviate much of the guilt.

Jack will be missed dearly by everyone in the family, especially my five year old daughter, who as of now only believes that Jack "ran away with his wife" as well as our Rat Terrier Mario, who has been searching the house endlessly for his pal Jack.

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I just lost my good buddy Jack last night.  He was a very large all white Maine Coon and a great cat.  He was playing around all day long and didn't seem to have any issues at all.   At one point I heard something tumble and believed it was my daughter in her bedroom upstairs.  I heard her talking so I assumed everything was fine.  A short while later my wife went to go down the basement and saw him laying at the bottom of the stairs motionless.  He liked to stay in the basement or the garage most of the time, probably because his coat was so thick and the cool air was more comfortable.  When he wanted to come upstairs he would come to the basement door and push it with his paw.  I believe that's where he was when he died.

Everyone's comments are very comforting for me.  I was trying to figure out if there was anything I could have left out that he may have eaten that could have killed him and was feeling very guilty.  After reading, I understand that it is a fairly common thing, especially among Maine Coons.  Though that doesn't take away the pain of the loss, it does alleviate much of the guilt.

Jack will be missed dearly by everyone in the family, especially my five year old daughter, who as of now only believes that Jack "ran away with his wife" as well as our Rat Terrier Mario, who has been searching the house endlessly for his pal Jack.

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Pepelove


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I'm so sorry my heart goes out to you. I had a similar experience with my beloved tiger cat Pepe about 2.5 years old. I work from home too and would take cuddle and play breaks with him all day. He was the most affectionate alert intelligent cat I've ever met and i had raised him from a kitten. Around 4 am he followed me into the bathroom and perched on the edge of the tub. After a second I looked over to see him sliding on the bathmat down into the tub. I thought he was just being clumsy but then he made funny choking noise and tried to move but couldn't move the bottom half of his body. I picked him up carefully and set him in my lap on his back and he made a strangled sort of choking sound with his tongue out and eyes wide open. He went still and I lay him on the floor to call the emergency vet. I carried him to vet wrapped in a towel but by the time I got there they said he had passed. I've been devastated. It was such a shock and I was just so attached to him. I am grateful that it happened so quickly and that he died in my arms. I don't think he experienced pain, just weird sensation and surprise and scared but all in less than a minute.  I love him and I believe that everything happens for a reason and that all that happens is part of a vast and intricate pattern of the conscious universe. I also believe in reincarnation and hope that i will see his eyes peeping back at me from another little being sometime in the near future.  The grief has been really intense I never would have thought. I'm happy he died in my arms and that my spiritual beliefs are guiding me. The teachings of Meher Baba by which I was raised are helping me tremendously. Lots of love to all who've lost a little companion suddenly. It's a very sad experience. I believe their souls were just borrowing their little kitty bodies and now they get to move on to the next phase of their journey. Xo lots of love to everyone 

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Gowa69


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I lost Tiger just before Vanetine's day suddenly and without any warning other than a minor cough the night before which only lasted a few seconds. The next morning he was eating and acting normal and showed no symtoms of anything being wrong. I was upstairs working in my office and went down around lunchtime. I was walking into my bedroom and almost stepped on him just outside the room. I told him to get up and he did not respond. He was limp and eyes open and was still very warm so it just happened. He was just laying there with no heartbeat or respiration.

I was in total shock. I have had pets over the years and although some has very diseases nothing like this evey had happened.

He appreared to be very  heathly and had no previous problems. He was only 2 years old.

He was very special to me because he was a feral that just showed up from the woods below my house. I could not pet him or get near to him for a long time but graudually gained his trust. I finally did pet him and coaxed him with food. My wife said I would never tame him.

He gradually blended with other cats and had a very special bond with me from the time I worked with him. He was really one in a million. I have other cats but it is not the same with Tiger gone. It was very tough to lose him but the manner in which it happen makes it much worse. He is missed very much and I can only hope one day another Tiger will show up again!

 

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I mean I'm DEVASTATED.

We had just had dinner watching the oscars and Buddy and I were sitting on the sofa as usual snuggling next to each other. Suddenly, out of the blue my baby boy of 13 years Buddy had what appeared a seizure. I looked at him and he was all stretched going belly and chin up on the sofa. I went into total panic as we put him quickly on the floor holding his head and just like that he was gone in seconds. My eyes are swollen from so much crying.  I cannot believe he's gone. No more meowing in the morning until I fed him. No more waiting for me at door when I come back from work. No more looking for me around the house. No more evening tv sessions on the sofa. I'll miss my Buddy Love tremendously. Those big green eyes lovingly looking at me. My friend, my loyal companion, my companero. I'm a total wreck and cannot get the memory of him passing right before my eyes, so suddenly and unexpectedly, out of my head. I Love You Buddy, and I wish there was something I could have done or known to avoid such a sudden death. I know he was old but he was in such good shape apparently, eating and drinking and playing, that's why it is so hard for me accept this is it. My apartment feels empty and I feel like I have lost a family member, because Buddy indeed was one.
I'm sorry and feel the pain of everyone here. May we all heal in time.

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I can  feel your pain. It is tough but there are many other cats without homes and like my Tiger I gave him a good one for a very short time. I have other cats and some are approaching 13. I love all of them but Tiger was a treat, a personality, and I miss the heck out of him. His sudden death put me in shock and it is still tough. I just know there are many more Tigers out there needing a good home and I hope one day soon another one will appear. Time will heal but it is hard each day when you are used to seeing him and that he is gone. We will met again one day!

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MittyMama


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Yesterday our family lost our beloved Mittens he was just approximately 3 years old. 

Only 16 months ago he walked into our lives - literally.  One day while at the office, an adorable, talkative cat waltzed in and made himself comfortable.  Thinking he may have belonged to someone, I brought him snacks and food, allowed him to spend time with me but freely leave when he was tired of my company.  After a week and enquiring from everyone who shared office space, my husband and I learnt that he may be an abandoned cat.  Such an awesome cat should never be without a family to love and take care of him, so we set out to take him home.  First I called the Humane Society because I didn't want to take a chance of contacting Animal Control (a kill facility), him getting lost in the system and being put down.  He was very wary of cars - would not get in whatsoever.  So, I made a temporary house (with windows and a door) from a very large box, placed bedding and wrote all over it; "This is Mittens (that's what the kids named him) temp house until we can get him home".  Every day we tried getting him in the car, until one night my husband finally got him in, called me and said, "Guess who I have?"  We were so overjoyed!!!!  Next morning I called the Humane Society and got the first appointment available.  They checked for a microchip; he had one.  But would you believe, there was no one listed.  We had him tested for everything known to man and given all his shots.  Finally he belonged to someone - ME!  He was an absolute joy!  We have dogs and he played with them.  He would sit at the water bowl for a long time and the dachshund would start barking at him to get a turn.  Mittens took even longer.  My 10 year old got a bunny for her birthday and he played "bunny mommy".   He was our goodwill ambassador to all animals.  We vowed to take care of him and never risk him ever being lost.

Yesterday seemed like any other typical day, my son worked from home instead of going in to the office and Mittens laid on his desk, did his typical rounds, talked and played.  At food time (Mittens' favorite time), my 14 year old got him his food and she and her older sister took the dogs out. While my son Mark was in his bedroom, he heard a terrible cry from Mittens.  He ran to the kitchen to see Mittens on the floor, stiffened and a look of terror in his eyes.  By then, my 3 daughters (18, 14 & 10) were by Mark's and Mittens' side, Mark administered CPR but within minutes Mittens was gone.  There was neither warning nor enough time for a fighting chance; all within no more than 3 minutes.  Being at the office on the phone with them, I felt helpless!  I couldn't help my children, I couldn't help Mittens.  My husband who was just be pure chance not too far from the house, raced home to find our 4 children inconsolable and Mittens in Mark's arms.  In the dying process, Mittens defecated everywhere.  My husband also tried CPR but after all, it was already too late.  My husband drove to the office to get me and when I got home, my 3 daughters and son was out in the lanai gathered around Mittens.  Mark cleaned him up and wrapped him up in the shirt he loved to sleep on.  We also wrapped him in the robe he usually laid on in the kitchen.  Mark decided that we should bury Mittens where he found us - at the office.  There is an old, huge tree he used to lay by; we picked a spot close enough to the trunk where no one will disturb - as his resting place.  My son had long hair and Mittens used to bite and pull at it every morning.  Mark took a scissors, cut it all off and put it in Mittens' grave.

It was hard this morning going into the kitchen to make coffee.  He was always usually there to greet me.  The house is too quiet without his boisterous banter - I MISS MITTY!!!  How can a healthy/young cat just suddenly die??  Our only bright spot is; at least he did not die abandoned and alone.  He was cared for, loved and he passed on with his family at his side.  We all love and miss our Mittens and his monkey toes!!!  He left us broken-hearted far too soon.

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I know what everyone is going through. It has only been two weeks since I lost Tiger and I wake up looking from him knowing that he is gone. I have never had a cat taken from me the way he was. Fine and acting normal one minute then limp and no life the next. Shocked to say the least. I know time heals and I have other cats to help but when I see them I expect Tiger to be there and he is not. It is tough to accept what happened and the way it happened. I can only hope that another one will show up again one day. Hopefully you will find resolution over time and maybe another Mittens will show up.

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MittyMama


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Thank you for your kind words.  Indeed time heals all wounds but the pain is so raw, I can't seem to find solace in anything.  To paraphrase my son; "Gone too soon!"  There will never be another Mittens.  A cool cat like him only comes around once.

My advice to the human race:  Pets are more than just an accessory - they are family members that love us and depend on us.  If in a dire financial situation - conserve, sacrifice and share but please don't abandon them!  They will never abandon you.

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Mittens looks a  lot like Tiger. Maybe they are playing together now. Even though they are gone their fond memories reamin with us that we can cherish. It is hard to get over this but I know I will find another one some day. There are just too many helpless ones out there! I just hope he will be what Tiger was. I just do not think he can be replaced.

I cherish the short time I had with him as I am sure you did wuth Mittens. Both were taken to soon from us and they will be missed.

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MittyMama


2/28/2013 5:12 PM
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I spoke with our Vet today and the only conclusion we can all come to is Cardiomyopathy.  Cardiomyopathy can be difficult to definitively detect in cats.  We also have Boxers - a breed that is very prone to the disease.  In dogs, the heart expands and can therefore be detected with x-rays however in cats, the heart remains the same size while the muscle within thickens and the arteries constrict.  He said cats afflicted with cardiomyopathy don't usually live beyond 4 to 5 years of age.  When Mittens came into our lives, it was estimated he was between 2 - 3 years old.

Mitty was a beautiful boy!!  Before he officially became ours, we thought he was a girl (hence why we called him Mittens) and may have been pregnant because of a flap on his stomach.  That first time we took him to the Vet and they took him from us to be checked over; when they returned they said, "Congratulations, you have a neutered, microchipped boy!".  Mittens was not fat in the slightest bit.  The flap on his stomach is distinctive to the Egyptian Mau breed.  His personality and good looks was spot on Mau!  And we feel priviledged to have been chosen (by him - which is also very Mau-ish) as his doting family/care-givers.  I used to tell him, "Mitty, can you put a good word in to Anubis for me?"  I never expected it to be this soon.

My son wears Mittens' red collar around his wrist and every time I hear that little bell ring, I die a little inside.  But it gives him some degree of comfort and that is all that matters to me right now.  My deepest hope is; that we gave our Mittens the very best home a loving boy like him deserved and that his 16 months with us, was the happiest.  However as a family, a time machine is at the very top of our wish list.

Forever, Mitty's Mommy!

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I figure some heart related condition. Could have been a heartworm that died and blocked some blood vessels although they are really rare in cats. I just could not get over how healthy he appreared with no symtoms whatsoever; and then boom he was gone. I have had numerous cats over the years and never this?

I buried him in the woods behind my house which was his domain until he bonded with me and he did not even want to go outside. He would follow me around everwhere I went.

I do miss him so.

May they rest in peace and the fact that they were loved and given a great home for their time on earth!

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MittyMama


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Mike, you have been such a great support to me - THANK YOU!  You are indeed so right about the shock and trauma of losing a pet so suddenly without warning.  The helplessness of not being able to do something, is just simply devastating. 

For us, as all likely signs point to cardiomyopathy, I cannot help myself from thinking: We were at the Vet 3 weeks ago, I could have asked for an EKG although Dr. Wilson listened to his heart and found nothing amiss.  But an EKG would have surely picked up an irregular heartbeat and we could have started him on a medicinal regiment.  However as Dr. Wilson explained, cats with the genetic defect, enough damage to his heart would have already been done.  Time was not on our Mittens' side, he was within the age range - which is still too cruelly young.  Egyptian Maus are known to live to the ripe old age of 20.  Reputable/certified breeders (which are few) are very cautious to breed Maus for health rather than just looks because of the original breed's genetic disposition to asthma and cardiomyopathy.  What sort of person abandons their Mau or any pet for that matter?  How I would make any sacrifice to the gods Anubis, Ma'at, Thoth and Osiris to have my Mitty back with us!  Every single day since we first had him, I would say, "Mitty you look mad!".  The worried/surprised look is a characteristic of the Mau.  It's been only a little over a month since we realized Mittens' breed - at least the dominant breed if he was mixed with any other at all.  I miss my "Mad Mitty"!!

Yesterday was the first time I saw the Chiropractor from next door who fed Mittens before I got into the picture - since Mittens' passing.  He said to me, "thank you for giving Mittens a home".  It was the least I could have done for a boy that gave my family joy, love and tons of laughter.

Tiger DOES look a lot like Mittens!  The Mau, do not take easily to strangers until you have absolutely earned their trust.  And when you have, they own you completely!!  They follow you around, wag their tails when they're happy - like dogs, tells you when something is wrong, demand attention and stand in judgment.  My husband used to say, "Don't judge me Mittens!" They choose their humans and they are fiercely loyal.  Their personality stands apart from any other cat.  Mittens made himself always, the center of attention and we were all too happy to oblige. 

Mike, thank you for taking in a homeless cat.  You gave Tiger food, shelter, love, a family and you mourn his passing.  That is more than so many pets have - unfortunately.  Too many are abused and abandoned.  The Chiropractor, Dr. Ziggy told me yesterday also that his friend has a lot of rescued cats that need caring families to call home and he saw one that looked just like my Mittens.  The pain of losing Mitty is still too fresh and quite frankly, he is irreplaceable.  But YOU are right, perhaps one day another Mittens and Tiger will walk into our lives.  There are far too many without homes to turn one away. 

And indeed; rest in peace boys, your families will always love and miss you!

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These posts have been a great help to me as I search for answers to what happened to my nearly 6-year-old shorthairorange tabby. We lost Peaches in February, and are just devastated. He was the friendliest cat, and so chill about everything (except vet visits, which he hated with a passion). He would respond when we called his name, and knew which way doors in the house opened. Peaches fell asleep next to me, under a sheet, and woke me up around 3 a.m. scratching the wall by my head. I tried twice to get him to knock it off and go back to sleep, but the third time I decided it was basement time. We put our cats in the basement nearly every night when they wake us up in the middle of the night, so I carried him to the landing and shut the door and went back to bed. I was asleep when I heard a crash from the basement stairs, but I wrote it off as Peaches knocking the brooms down the stairs, which he has done before. When I went to let him out of the basement at 7:30, I could not believe it when I saw him dead at the bottom of the stairs. His eyes and mouth were open, there was a puddle of urine next to him and he was already stiff. We did not see any other signs of injury or blood. My husband did not see the point in an autopsy and I was in complete shock, so we buried him in the backyard. basement if that was going to be his last night with us, but he showed no symptoms of illness, and that was the routine we had done nearly every single night. I wondered if I had somehow caused this to happen and I would give anything to go back in time to cuddle our little buddy again. Since then, I have been researching sudden death in cats, and it seems likely that he suffered from cardiomyopathy. A couple of articles I’ve read say that male cats between the ages of 5-8 seem to be the primary victims, so heart disease seems to be the most plausible explanation. It definitely has helped to read these posts and know that I am not alone. My heart goes out to everyone who is going through this tragic experience.

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It is indeed a tough loss because its occurs without warning with no signs what will happen. I still miss Tiger and I am fortunate I have other cats but they are no where the cat he was in personality and demeanor. Do not think I will ever find another one like him and I have had many cats over the years!

I am just happy to have had him the short time that I did. He did brighten up a dull day!

 

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Why these stories sound exactly what my cat is going through NOW. Since last week, I was told to put him down a once very healthy indoor/outdoor big goofy kitty. Spent big $ Monday morning, we have to "wait & see" well, my inhaler & vaporizor isnt working tonight. He has been quarentined now for 9days & continued eating & drinking & bowel movements & urinating in litter box in cage. He didnt want salmon tonight for dinner, but he still ate some dry food, even drank half his water bowl & kitty treats. Tonight I thought I lost him, he is still standing proud mouth open, panting with a severe murmur & lungs congested & you heard me right Ive used a human inhaler when the struggle is deep & bad & it has worked. Vaporizor on 24/7 with tea tree oil drops inside water. Nothing worse than not being able to help your animal breathe. Interesting though, as a kitten inside a well know pet center & with purchase you get a free vet check up with only 1 specific vet, he was laying down eyes wide open but refused to play, move or anything unless the ball actually rolled to his paw. With little exertion or care hed paw it back to us. The following week the furball was still there & major price deduction & we were told he is a $300 cat. So what, we liked his coolness which probably a underlying condition that people noticed. Not us, he was adorable & had an awesome 5yrs with us. I went broke & if he is still alive my next paycheck will again go out to him. My kid has called him his brother since day one. This cat is too young & too awesome to leave us damnitt. Meanwhile, he still struggles panting sitting proudly upright. Wish I knew another way to open up his airways tonight. I am sorry for all of your losses & these stories SHOULD pave the way to new treatment plans for cats.

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Praveen


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Its sad to see them die looking at us with hope. One of my cat died suddenly. couldn't believe or forget the pain.


They cant tell us any thing, when they have any problem. Their Eyes speak :(
Wont adopt any pets in the future. They hope we can save them at that time. Unfortunately we are not great enough to do that. The way they look at us, kills me :(

 

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IndyAnnie


4/19/2013 7:50 PM
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I know that feeling of helplessness.  I am so sorry about your kitty. You are a good mama to help him in every way you know how. I know I would spend any amount of money to get my kitty back, or to treat him if I knew he was sick.

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He is still with us. 24hrs ago he wasnt eating at all, I did pull some black stuff from his nose both nostrils & havent a clue what it is. I havent had to use the inhaler at all lately. Just hope this isnt the "get better" before they pass. I even brought some fresh grass in from outside for him he ate some then started eating some dry food again ; ) maybe the skullcap tea Ive brewed from the healthfood store helped by the eyedropper full. I also melted a quarter tablet of a homeopathic med from walgreens called sinusalia in a small water bottle cap  & eyedropper fed 

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SaphireSkye


4/20/2013 8:58 PM
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  • Wow! I would have died if that was to me. I don't know what it was for sure, but maybe it was he ate?

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Your post sounds so very similar to my experience two nights ago. It was so horrific, so unexpected, and so devastating in how quickly it all transpired. I am truly grateful to have found this site, because I would otherwise be overwhelmed by grief, shock, and the unknown. I am sorry for your loss, along with that of so many others here, but I am so thankful to have some answers.  God bless...

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On Friday, our cat George suddenly passed away. I am distraught with grief...he was my lil dude and followed me wherever I went. I loved him so much. He was 18 years old and had hyperthyroidism. We first discovered this when he started walking funny, like his hind legs were weak. We took him to the vet and learned of the condition. In all of his 18 years...he had no health problems. This was back in january of 2013, the vet gave us medication to use. It helped...his legs improved and he was walking fine...however, with hyperthyroidism...his hunger was never ending and he experienced a panting episode that we attributed to the condition, but he later recovered in a few hours. Nevertheless...we got four good months with him..never knowing it would be our last. When we saw him friday night...he was struggling to breath but still alive. We rushed to the vet and she told us that it wasn't looking good for George. We burst into tears...and I am fighting to hold them back now as it is only Sunday. We made the decision to not let him suffer and we humanly euthanized our George. We kissed his head and stayed there through the procedure. I will never forget him and he will always have a place in our hearts. I just wanted to share this experience with the community...thanks :)

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Lorrie


5/2/2013 4:41 AM
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What exactly IS the Halloween cat position?  

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Twyst


5/3/2013 10:07 PM
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I am so sorry to everyone who has experienced this.  When Flower died and I began this thread I had been able to find so little information.  While I am sad to see others have had to go through this I can't tell you how much comfort I have taken in your sharing.  The simple realization that this does happen and it is as random as humans who suddenly take sick, and the community of comfort I have found here have helped enormously. 

Two years ago I lost Fuzzball who had been my constant lap companion for 17 years.  When I would get a blanket he would follow me around until I sat and would be on my lap within seconds.  He died after months of decline.  It was sad to lose him, but I knew it was coming and we fought it together.

When Flower died suddenly with no warning after a typical morning it was devastating.  To anyone finding this thread after your beloved pet died suddenly and you are searching for answers: I am so sorry for your loss.  There is nothing you could have done.  It is no different than a person who goes jogging everyday and suddenly has a heart attack.  With no warning signs there is nothing you could have done. 

Just give your pet the best life you can provide.  While it is hard to hear now, time will push the pain back.   

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Gowa69


5/7/2013 11:25 PM
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Well believe it or not just had another cat show up on my back deck. He had a bad case of ear mites and was starving. He does not look anything like Tiger but is a long haired grey brown color and my Grand Boy calls him Bear show I guess that is his name. I have treated him for the ear mites and he is healing nicely and is getting feed and beginning to recover from near starvation.. He appears to be very friendly and outgoing.

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jojo42


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This morning, my precious baby ShereKhan, just about to turn one year old, died in my arms after suddenly and unexpectedly scrabbling around on the floor having what I thought was some kind of fit. I thought he was maybe choking and tried to clear his airway but within 5 seconds, he died. He was warm and limp. I was and still am in total disbelief.

ShereKhan was the most loving, adorable angel, I used to thank my lucky stars to have him for the short time I did. He totally transformed my life and made everybody happy. He was so handsome, half Bengal, beautiful defined markings.

I feel like I've been shot in the chest, the pain is physical and I am just clinging onto the fact he was inside at the time with me, in my arms and it was so quick. His little eyes were filled with panic, but again, this was only for seconds.

I am feeling so raw, and so robbed of my precious baby. I am comforted by the fact that in my opinion he was the most loved baby in the world, he was always well fed, treated regularly, hugged, kissed (he probs hated that) and talked to. His tray was always kept clean and he wanted for nothing. He was happy and hope whereever he is now he is just as content.

I will miss his sweet little mewls and conversation he had with me, how he followed me around my house, asked for things, the way he smelled, his cheeky demanding ways, his minxishness, his little pink nose and paddy paws.

I feel so much better knowing others understand on this forum, it really has been a total comfort. I hope ShereKhan's story comforts others.

Thank you.

Joanne

 

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Gowa69


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I am so sorry for your loss and I only wish I would been there when Tiger passed. I found him right after. It is very tough to let them go and in such a manner. I still think about him often and another cat has taken up now that needs love and care. Just think of the good times you had with him and rest assured you are not alone.

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timmyh54


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Yesterday afternoon, I came home and my little Sirius had passed away suddenly.  I'm still in shock that this happened.  He was laying on his side as if he was sleeping.  His gums were cyanotic and his tongue was partially out.  I feel that if he choked it was my fault for letting things laying around carelessly.  He was a larger cat and he did wheeze a little when he breathed, so there may be potential for CHF or a genetic disease.  His brother keeps looking for him and I feel like I lost a part of my soul.  This is awful.

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cwig13


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My cat Spud died about an hour ago. I was reading a book in my bedroom when I heard him fall off my computer desk and meow very loudly. It was like nothing I had ever heard before. I ran out and he was lying on his side coughing. After the coughing stopped, I reached down to see if he was still breathing or his heart was beating. I could feel a few twitches and then he was still. 


I am still in shock and disbelief. He was one of the sweetest cats I've ever known. A true gentleman. He loved playing fetch with toy stuffed mice and trying to catch lizards on the other side of windows. I'm surprised he never broke a window trying to get through. He always slept at the head of my bed, right in the middle. I miss my cat.

Thank you all for posting. It helps to get some idea as to what happened. I'm guessing it was a heart attack of some sort.

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sadmommy


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I am so sorry to hear about Spud. My baby Marshall passed away yesterday. Reading all the posts - I guess this is not uncommon. My Marshall was getting sick- throwing up a hairball- he let out a horrible cry- I went running to find him and he was on the floor dead. I have never ever in my life had to deal with this. He was such a good cat, sweet, and really a charactor. Everyone loved him and his personality. I am still shocked how fast this happened. He was so normal in the morning- I am glad I let him know how much his mommy loved him and gave him a lot of kisses and hugs. I regret that it happened so fast and I had NO chance to save him. He was going to be 13 in July. July 19 to be exact and he died May 19. He had a great life and spolied as could be. I treated him like a child. I feel good about that, however, I wish I could have had more time with him. He was so healthy no issues - just routine check ups. I still cannot believe this happened. It seems not real. He will truly be missed and loved forever!!

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5 days ago my beloved Smokey passed unexpectly. He was 12 years old and in perfect health. He seemed fine all day. I was laying on the couch and my 13 year son ran to me and told me something is wrong with Smokey he is laying on the floor in the kitchen not moving. ( I was just in the kitchen 10 minutes ago and he was in there perfectly fine) He was laying on the floor limp eyes dialted and his tongue was out. I tried to wake him nothing I gave him CPR nothing. I was in shock. He was very special to me he was my first pet. I waited all my childhood for a cat. My oldest son grew up with him. My 7 year old is devasted. Smokey was the boss of my other cat and even my 60 pound dog. My other cat Trouble is depressed without his best friend. I buried Smokey in my back yard and placed flowers on top of his grave and planted some flowers that will come back every year in honor of him. I just cant get over that there were no signs. He is loved and missed so much are whole family is heart broken.

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Sadiesmama


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This happened to me this morning with my cat Sadie. At about 4am she was laying in bed with me, well laying on me like usual. And then she left and at 515am my mom woke me up and told me she couldn't wake Sadie up. I did not see her pass, she passed alone suddenly. But she looked as though she passed peacefully, like she just lay down to take a nap and went to sleep and didn't wake up. She turned 9 last week, and today my perfectly healthy 9 year old baby girl is gone. I can't understand how this happened. I feel like I failed her, but she has never had a health issue of any kind and I took good care of her. I was a great mom I know that, but I still feel like I failed her by not saving her or not being there with her when she passed.

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KatA7X


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I lost my beautiful 8 year old cat Dooley on Saturday morning and I completely understand your feeling of failure. She was a happy, healthy, loving and hyperactive cat who ruled my household. She slept on my bed every single night and has been there through some very tough times in my life. Friday night she didn't eat her dinner and later vomited at roughly 10pm, I was worried but didn't think it was too unusual, I have three other cats and they've all had bad tummies at some point from eating too fast, or running about, or furballs but I thought i'd take her to the vets at 9am when they opened just to get her checked out. I gave her some extra cuddles and took her up to bed with me. At 4am my partner woke me, Dooley was under the bed and having a seizure, I rang the vet out of hours immediately and the vet very kindly said she'd meet us at the surgery. Unfortunately my beautiful girl died in my arms just as the vet was pulling her car up. I'm beyond devastated and feel like i've failed her when it was my job to protect her, I know it's not helping but I can't stop blaming myself for not ringing the vets at 10pm the previous night. I've not had much sleep over the past couple of nights, it's hard to sleep without her laid there next to me as she always did. I just don't understand how and why my beautiful healthy little cat has died, I feel empty, my cats mean the world to me, they're part of the family not just pets.

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Just to add a little (or a lot, I'm sorry) more, when she vomited there was no blood or foam or anything unusual about it, I really thought it was just an upset stomach or furball. The seizure was something i'll never forget and I really hope and pray that she wasn't in pain, she was laid on her side on an old blanket that she sometimes slept on and was shaking for a few seconds and then stopping and then shaking for a few more seconds repeatedly, she wasn't crying out just the occasional growl. When she passed away I didn't want to let go of her, the vet checked for a heartbeat whilst I was still holding her. The vet offered no real explanation (although I was crying far too much to ask any questions, I just couldn't get the words out). The vet thought that the seizure could have been brought on by dehydration from vomiting, I'm really struggling to believe this. How can a healthy cat go from her usual hyperactive self, to vomiting, seizure and death overnight? She had fresh food, fresh water, she was loved, well treated, never neglected.

Dooley was a lovely cat, I got her and her sister Bailey from the same litter when they were 7 weeks old, Dooley was always the timid one although she formed a close bond with me and would always come to me for cuddles, belly rubs, and like I said she would sleep on my bed every night. She would follow me around at home "chattering" to me and would be the first running to the door to greet me when I got home from work. She never formed such a close bond with anyone else, which in a way is a special thing.

A few weeks after getting the two girls Dooley and Bailey I ended up bringing home Guinness, he was the only boy from the litter and the only one that hadn't found a home. Although three cats were a handful it was good that they were from the same litter and so had that immediate bond.

Dooley was a beautiful black and white tuxedo cat who really was the boss of me and my partner, she'd miaow when she felt it was dinner time (more often than not it wasn't but she gave it a go anyway), she'd miaow if another cat had used the litter tray before her and she wanted it changing before she went to the toilet, she'd miaow and roll over for a belly rub and she was always the first there if she noticed I was down or not feeling well.

Now that shes gone, like others have said, it's a physical pain in my heart. My partner is also devastated, she's been a brilliant "mum" to the cats for the last four and a half years, the cats and I came as a package deal.

Bailey and Guinness are obviously suffering too, Bailey is very subdued, I can see the sadness in her eyes, Guinness keeps looking for her and it's heartbreaking to see. How can you explain it to them? I read online about showing them the body but myself and my partner felt that we couldn't do that to them, when a person views the body of a loved one we have that choice to decide if we want to, I wasn't keen on presenting them their dead sister, it felt cruel. I believe that they know that she's gone and that she's not just at the vets or staying elsewhere, they have both sniffed and licked her collar and seem to be grieving.

Our youngest cat Tia seems unaffected so far, but she's only 3 and i'm not sure if either she hasn't noticed yet, or if she is just still content to have Bailey and Guinness there. Bailey, Dooley and Guinness had a very tight bond.

None of this seems real, little "silly" things set me off like brushing the fur off my work uniform this morning, I have to remove fur with a lint roller like I always do but this morning it hurt, what if that was Dooley's fur that I was just throwing away? That probably sounds so silly and I'm sorry for rambling. Home just doesn't feel like home without her.

I hope that one day I'll understand what happened to her and can move on, but for now I'm focusing on Bailey, Guinness and Tia who I know need me more than ever right now.

I'll always miss my "princess" Dooley, she has a special place in my heart and I feel like a part of me has died with her. RIP my special girl xxx

 

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MittyMama


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Just saying "THANK YOU for starting this thread!" hardly expresses the gratitude I feel.  It's been almost 4 months since our beloved Mittens departed.  If it wasn't for this thread and the outlet it provided to share my grief with others of similar circumstances, I probably would have gone mad with the commonly unwarranted guilt most pet owners experience - "Should I have known?"; "Should I have done more?"; "Was it my fault?"; "Were there any signs I missed?" and the worst question of all; "Was I a bad pet owner?".

Losing a pet so suddenly without warning, is devastating! The grief I felt is nowhere near what my children experienced. They were there with Mittens as he died - helplessly watching as he let out his last agonizing meow. The look of "help me" and pain in his eyes, still haunt them.

Most importantly, this thread highlights the need for more research on Sudden Death in Cats - judging by all the posts; statistically young seemingly healthy males.  If Cardiomyopathy is the silent, unwitting killer; feline owners must be educated and extra precautions (tests) be taken by Veterinarians to ensure our four-legged babies live long, healthy lives through early detection and subsequent treatment.  Pets aren't accessories we just replace, they are family members we love, take care of and moan when they pass.

My heart goes out to all of you that have posted.  There isn't a day that goes by that my family doesn't think of or mention our boy Mitty.  The one thing that has helped us get pass the trauma, is the fact that he could have easily died unloved, unwanted and alone - he was a stray.  But he died loved, wanted and with his family around fervently trying to help.  I hope the simple fact of knowing that you all loved and cared for your pets, ease your pain as well.

 

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Thank you so very much for all the post since this thread started in 2009.  Our cat Tiger who was coming up on 11 years old died suddenly yesterday.  He was sleeping on the kitchen table next to where I was working on my laptop.  He suddenly just jumped up with a seizure or convulsion and died. I tried to revive him by pumping on his chest, which did not help. He did not struggle to breath and appeared not to suffer.  He did have a couple of gasp during my attempt to bring him back.   


We were looking forward to our trip to the family beach house for the week of the 4th along with his sister Lilly.  They loved staying on the screened back porch and watching the birds that are plentiful there.  Tiger and Lilly loved to have their backs scratched.  Tiger always returned the favor by nibbling or licking my arm.  When no humans had time to scratch their back, they would nibble on each others backs and bathe each other.  

He was my best friend and showed his love in many ways, during good times and bad times he was always there.  If cats go to heaven, I know he will be waiting for me there some day and come running up and give me a big head butt.  He was nicknamed Butt-Head and Bubba in an affectionate way.  I will miss you Tiger Buddy.

My wife was inquiring about what we should put on his grave.  Of all the toy mice and such we had given him over the years, his favorite thing was bottle caps.  He likes kicking them around and would retrieve them back to you when you threw them for him.  When I make his cross, I am going to put all of his bottle caps on it so that they will be close to him. Our whole family is sad but know he must be in a better place, though he had it made on earth.

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compoundia


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I am really sorry to hear about what happened. The sudden death of a young, seemingly healthy cat is always shocking. In such cases of sudden and unexpected death, there could be many possible reason to be blamed. However, one most common problem stands for these tragic scenarios can be heart disease.

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Peter


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Just found this site. Sad to read but helps to know what may have happened to our little Micky yesterday. Up for breaky early like she always was. Playfully and just happy to be in the presence of a member of the famil. No one up caus it was early just me and her. Pick her up for her morning pat and cuddle and susdenly died in my arms. I was she'll shocked but happy I could be there for her. Little girl. Not a bit of warning.

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I was wondering if anyone on here had this situation occur before. My best furry friend died last week in an completely unexpected fashion. The beautiful orange tabby was due for shots and he had a sore on his back, possibly an allergy, to have removed. He had his shots last year and did fine, and I just didn't think there was any danger in doing them again. In fact, I even got a card reminding me of it. I took him to the vet, and they gave him the vaccines for rabies and leukemia/distemper. In less than five minutes he had a bad reaction and died about five minutes later. My heart is just broken. He was around 9-10 years old. He had some gasping/choking episodes, seemed tired a lot more than normal and didn't seem to feel the best, but should this have happened like this? Any clues on what might have caused this to happen. The vet was very sorry for what happened, but that doesn't help me bring him back. Thanks for any kind of help.  

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That is really sad,sudden death of pets is like something that you really can't forget because of the fact that you don't even went it in a veterinarian just to make his/her life long.Hopefully you will move on soon.I remember my first cat in Finland but she survive because we went in veterinarian at http://www.jar-vet.fi/ and they diagnose its disease and he cured with in a month luckily he is still healthy now and having fun with me and my brother and sister.

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This morning my cute and sweet cat died, I was really shock because we love him so much...He was still breathing and sudden crying and hard to breathed, all i have to do is to hold him and massage him...I felt helpless and broke of what happened..Its a sudden death we dont expect=(


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Ladman9


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About 3 hours ago my Persian cat maddy died of suspected poisoning 5 mins before hand I was playing with her and then she went to get a drink and had a seizure and died tomorrow well later today ( in the uk) we will get a post mortum

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I just lost my beloved Charlie.  He was his normal self, playing, purring and giving his head bonks.

Then about 6:45 last night he let out a horrible yowl, gave a couple of convulsions.  I picked him up and rushed him to the emergancy vet hospital just down the st.  He was gone by the time I got him there.  They think it was his heart.  I declined an autopsy.  

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I am sorry about your loss.  I just lost my Charlie.  It is such a shock to have our precious babies go so fast like this.

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 My cat Fly, approx. 9 years old suddenly collapsed and passed yesterday. Her activity, eating and litter box habits were normal, and vet visits were regular. It is comforting to read that many other lovers of cats have gone through the same heartbreak. We don't plan on doing a necropsy, as she was taken in as a stray by my son in Florida, and we have no idea what her physical history is. When my son realized he was going to be gone from home too much to properly care for her, he put her on a plane to Michigan, and we had the joy of her company for 7 years. We will keep her in our hearts and remember what an alert, intelligent and unique cat she was. Every one who met her noticed those same qualities which enabled her to win over the hearts of dog lovers! She is gone, but of course, never forgotton.

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So sorry for your loss.  It is heart breaking to loose our fur babies.  

Like Fly, Charlie's history was unknown.  Adopted him from the shelter where they didn't have any info on him, on 12/18/2012.  His vet gave him a clean bill of health.   

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My cat Larry died 3 hours ago.  He was a little over a year old and perfectly healthy.  I was getting ready for work and he was playing and eating, nothing out of the ordinary, when suddenly he bolted out of the room like he had been startled.  His brother (litter mate) ran after him, so I followed to see what was going on.  Larry was limping as he ran and went under the bed.  I coaxed him out by offering him a treat so I could see if he was alright and he came right out and seemed to be walking ok, but he wouldn't take the treat.  He walked into the sun room and laid down for a minute, then very slowly walked back to the bedroom and was partway under the bed when he flopped down and gave a little cry, his tongue hanging out.  He was completely limp and I thought he was choking at first but there was nothing in his mouth or throat.  He was dead a few moments later.

I am heartbroken.

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9 months ago my HEALTHY 10 yr old cat suddenly started breathing fast with his mouth open. Cats never breath with an open mouth unless something is seriously wrong.Rushed him to emergency clinic.He was given lasix & put in oxygen.They told me it was probably heart disease & only an echocardiogram can tell for sure.He pulled thru & I took him to a veterinary cardiologist.Echocardiogram showed he had heart disease HCM & congestive heart failure.I was devastated. I live alone & my animal companions are like children to me.

He was put on Lasix & enalapril.The meds were causing an upset stomach & sometimes he wouldn't eat.I'd feed him baby food with a large plastic syringe.He started to loose weight,the muscle in the hind quarters starts to waste away.

 He lived for 9 months.He died 3 days ago He was only 11 yrs old.(July 23rd) he woke me up at 4:30 AM (the usual time) he looked really good, breathing was fine & he even started eating much better in the last week. He started to play with his brother,rolling around mock fighting ( he hadn't done that in a long time) He wanted his soft little foam  ball to play with I tossed it on the floor & he took it downstairs to bat around in the rec room.He's been fetching a ball since he was a kitten,I didn't teach him, he did it on his own.I was trying to go back to sleep when i heard him cry out.I ran down the stairs,he was laying on his side,eyes dialated,lots of mucus coming out of his mouth I wiped it away & ran up stairs to get the Lasix, it works fast,draws water out of their body so they can breath,it took me seconds but when I got back to him he took 2 more breaths & died.His tongue was out & it was blue so were his lips.

Just like everyone else said he was looking at me like" please help me" It was a horrible experience.I couldn't do anything to save him.I live alone so there's no one to talk to or help me.I waited till the next afternoon & dug a deep hole in my garden & buried him.If I didn't have my other cats I would want to die myself. I can't get this out of my mind I can't stop crying.

Kittens were born in my garage 11 yrs ago.The mother cat was hit by a car & died. Kittens were a few days old.I fed them every 2 hrs with a tiny nursing bottle.All 5 lived, I fell in love with them & kept them all.

When they were old enough I put them on a raw meat diet, no junk DRY food or chemicals in a can. Only fresh chicken with supplements.They drank only purified water in Glass bowls No plastic bowls or dishes for my babies!

I threw away all my chemical cleaners & stopped using weed killer on my lawn.

I thought I was doing everything right!How did he get heart disease?

 Some people think cats 10 yrs old are "up there in age"  My last kitty lived to be 22yrs old & died peacefully laying next to me.I'm near 70 yrs old & over the years I've had many cats. They have all lived over 16yrs some 19,20 ,21 & 2 of them 22yrs old.

One more thing.About 2 yrs ago I was petting him & noticed I could feel his back bone.He was a big cat,not skinny at all.That was the first sign that something was wrong but I just forgot about it,didn't want to think he had some disease.Now I feel guilty i didn't bring him to the vet,maybe if i caught it early it would have helped.

Can't stop crying,a piece of my heart is gone.

 

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My 10 year old kitty Tutter died early this morning. 


I was out the door heading to my car at 5:30am for work. I didn't see my cat because it was dark, but I hard a mew and I see her crouched in the grass next to the sidewalk. I went over to her, and I noticed that her crouch was very odd. Then she mewed again in a way I had never heard before. Then she started panting. I immediately thought rabies....but then I remembered that she had just recently been to the vets to get her boosters. 
She tried to come to me, but she couldn't stand or walk. I ran inside to tell dad that something was wrong and to wake mom up. He told me to head to work and that he would wake mom up in a while. 
He didn't wake mom up till 7:15 and kitty was still alive. But when mom got downstairs, kitty was gone. 
So her ordeal went on for a few hours:( my poor baby. I wish the vets would have been open that early...we may have been able to save her. 

I will never forget that she tried to come to me because she was scared. Her eyes asking for help. :'(

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Hi everyone, 


I've been googling sudden cat death and all your stories seem to match what happened to my poor little man 'Mackie' the day before yesterday. He was only 10 and perfectly healthy, except for a little skin irritation that was only a minor issue. Gorgeous and ginger and amazingly affectionate. We only had him 3 months because he was my mothers cat, and she passed away suddenly back in December, then her husband passed away a few months later leaving poor Mackie alone :( So myself and my husband went over to London to bring Mackie here to Ireland to live with us and our tortoise-shell cat Fee Fee. We even moved house to accommodate having Mackie in our lives and even after 3 months it seemed like he had always been ours. So.. the day before yesterday I got up to feed the cats, Mackie gobbled down his food as normal and was acting exactly as he always did. I had heard him wheezing a bit earlier that morning but I assumed it was the usual 'fur ball' thing and he seemed fine. But shortly after I had fed him I heard him wheezing upstairs, and for some reason I decided to check on him in case he was choking on a fur ball. I took his collar off him and patted his back to help him get the fur ball up, but after about 10 mins of the wheezing he started to look like he was getting weak and I realised something was horribly wrong. I woke my husband up and he tried to do a 'Heimlich manoeuvre' type thing to help get whatever it was out of Mackie's throat. That did nothing and so I rang the vet. It was so early in the morning that none were opened but one nurse answered the phone and told us to bring him in. Panic stations followed that phone call. I couldn't even get the cat carrier put together my hands were shaking so much, and my husband could barely drive he was so panicked. I was in the back seat with Mackie petting him and trying to soothe him, but during that car ride he got really bad. He started to try to scramble out of the carrier and his tongue and mouth were blue, and his eyes were totally panicked. It was the longest car journey I've ever taken. I frantically handed him over to the nurse in his carrier and stayed in the waiting room. It was too late, his heart failed and they couldn't resuscitate him. The vet thinks it must have been an undetected heart condition, and I'm thinking it was cardiomyopathy :( We're so shocked and devastated that we've lost him, and he was my last connection to my mother. Giving him a new home was a comfort to me in my grief and has helped me get through the last few months. I just can't believe he's gone :( What a horrible way to lose a pet! I'm so sorry for all of you who have experienced this. 

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Barbi


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Dear All,


A few hours ago, my Rocki suddenly let out a cry, and when I turned to see...he was lying on his side gasping with foam at his mouth, eyes watering...he was gone in seconds.  I just can't believe it.  He had a heart murmur, but he was always full of mischief. When I would call, he would come running. Always purring and snuggling with me. I fell in love with him the second I saw him, and now he is gone.  My heart aches.

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lilbeth


9/25/2013 8:45 PM
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Hi All,

I am posting on this for some of my own answers. Our beloved kitty, Molly, passed away yesterday morning and we are devestated. She was roughly 13 years old, adopted from a shelter about age 1 and mostly an indoor cat. We took her the vet when she was sick and for shots and stiff but did not do all the check up visits all the time. She was extremely happy and playful, queen of the house and my boyfriend and I loved her dearly. Most everyone thought she was much younger then she was. Over the last few months she has gotten slower and a little thinner, but from all accounts it was always attributed to older age. Monday (we had also just been out of town for a week in Mexico and our friend was watching her daily at the house - she was moody and hiding a bit under the bed the first night i was home but then went back to her almost usual self, so i attributed it to being moody that we were gone, which she has been in the past, and the rest of the nights she slept next to me on the pillow and sat with me everywhere in the house) night she wanted to cuddle, I was tired and ready for sleep so after a little play time she went onto the floor on the side of the bed. About 10 minutes later I heard this horrible yelping coming from her and she was on laying flat face downconvulsing and and having stomach contractions and passing enormous amounts of very smelly gas and passing unformed stool. It was like she lost control of her bowels. A ll her paws went off in the sense that none of them were working and she kept trying to stand and her limbs would turn in the wrong directions and she would fall down. she was crying terribly and her tongue was out and she was panting and shaking. I was home alone with her (my boyfriend is out of the country for work) and tried my best between hysterically crying and frantically trying to help her, to get her into the car to drive to the vet. She was disoriented and falling all over in the car and the odor was very bad from the gas. I took her the emergency vet and they said they though she had some central nervous system failure or embolysim and suggested euthenasia as treatment would be costly and she did not have much chance. I authorized treatment anyway and said to please just make sure she is in no pain and if she passes to not ressesicate her. I stayed at the hospital for 2 hours to try to be with her an pet her in the kennel crate with the oxygen they had her on to help her breath but they told me i was letting the 02 out and that she was not cognitive but I didn't care as she is my baby and I wanted to pet her and kiss her. The 02 kennel also smelled of the horrible gas as i stroked and petted her and tried to let her know she was not alone. On the advice of the ER we went home for me to come back at 7 am and transfer her to full time medical care. I spent most of the night crying on the phone with my boyfriend, who was contemplating trying to fly home from Brazil to Texas) and then tried to catch a little sleep around 4 am. When I had called to check on Molly at about 1/2 am they told me she was a little more responsive but still critical. Then at 605 my phone rang and they told me that Molly had respitory failure and cardiac arrest and she was gone. I drove right to the ER (about 10 minutes from the house_ to see her and they brought her to me. She was so sweet and loving and just looked like she was sleeping but she was not. She also smelled very bad of the sulfer type gas smell. My boyfriend and I facetimed for a bit to hold her and say goodbye to her and tell her that we love her and then released her for private cremation.

Where i stand today though is the all consuming question of WHAT happened to her and if or they or anyone could have done something. I have the doctors notes and they are full of handwritten questions: CNS - Stroke/Embolism - Liver Disease, Kidney Failure, Diabetic? and no REAL answers. The chart goe over her hourly monitoring and states that at 2 am she was standing in her kennel and vocalizing and at 4 am standing but uncoordinated and uses words like ataxic and obtunded and mentions that they had trouble finding a pulse in many of the notes. They did NOT have her on pain meds and I am so concerned about that...they had her on iv antibiotics and oxygen, heat therapy and steroids. When i spoke with an independant vet - they suggested FATE and underlying heart disease, which trouble me GREATLY as that is supposed to be very painful and Molly was not on pain meds at the er. Though she was in intense pain at the house, the vet said she was beyond that at the ER, but the thought of my sweet kitty dying in pain and alone in the vet all might is breaking my heart beyond belief. I have all her medical records and labs from the night in the ER and am just looking for answers please?

Very best,
Beth

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nzeifman


9/28/2013 6:49 AM
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I don't know how to start this or if I should or why I should bother. I feel very numb. I have had my baby since I was eight years old and it never, could never, have occurred to me that this was possible. I was always very scared that she would die because she meant so much to me, I was afraid I would miss the warning signs. But I had my hopes I would be doing my worrying for years. It had to be a certainty that she would live at least until 25 or 30, or even better somehow outlive me. I cannot believe that now I am supposed to refer to her in the past tense. I do not understand death. It was 1 am and I was talking to my brother in my room. She was sitting there, looking kind of irritated or bored, I knew I should be giving her attention.She suddenly jumped to the side, off of the bed and onto the floor, and I thought she'd been scared of something (because she'd made this jumping motion before when I eating eating something in aluminum foil- for some reason the sound of aluminum frightened her). I went over to her and I could tell immediately something was wrong because she was lying down and her head was under her in a strange way. I immediately thought that the itching she'd been having around her chin and neck had come to a very bad point and she needed to go the vet. (For about a month I'd noticed she'd begun itching her neck and head area. This was the around same time I'd come back from visiting my friend who had fleas on her dog and I was worried I had brought them home to her. I would have taken her to the vet for it but about three months earlier I had brought her to the vet because I was worried she was getting too boney. The vet said she might be losing muscle mass because she wasn't being as active due to arthritis and gave me some powder to add to her food. Anyway, I didn't want to be one of those people who brought their cat to the vet too much so I was waiting to see if the itching would get better. The area right under her mouth had lost a little bit of fur I think from her scratching and after some research I suspected she might have feline acne. -The point being I didn't think it was life threatening and I was delaying going to the vet for stupid reasons and I was totally ignorant about our future.) I went to touch her head and -that was when I knew something was very seriously wrong because when I moved her head it was limp, like she couldn't hold it up and I was terrified she had somehow hurt herself when she jumped off the bed. I cannot describe the shock and terror and horror of it. I moved her head one, two more times trying to figure out what was wrong, not understanding. I told my brother we needed a vet, that something was wrong, I called her name. She was just lying there,  drooling. I touched her leg and it was limp, limp like she'd never, ever been before. I was scared enough to feel her chest for a heart beat and her heart was beating so fast, but then it slowed, and I knew rationally she was dead but that made absolutely no sense to me because three minutes ago she was fine. I could not pick up her body to bring it to the taxi for the hospital, I was crying so hard, I could not hold her like that, and to watch my roommate pick her up and carry her all wrong, with her head and body all wrong... The limpness is the worst part because she became just a body, because she wasn't there anymore and I couldn't, cannot fathom how her life, her personality, her love could so suddenly be gone.
The vet told me it was probably a blot clot in her heart or lungs, that blood had come out of her mouth when they were trying to resuscitate her. What no one really talks about is the aftermath. Less than an hour after my baby had died, 5 hours from when I would barely be able to accept she wasn't in her body anymore, a vet assistant came into the room where I was sitting on the floor with her crying to talk to me about the payment options for cremation. I felt like I was in a horror movie. At 7am I left the room to ask the vet if they could "hold" her body, which they agreed to do for 24 hours. I then spent the day walking around the woods looking for burial sites until dark. The thought of leaving her in some cold, dark forest far away from me was against everything I'd been doing for the 11 years of her life- I was supposed to protect her, keep her warm and comfortable, give her love and attention. She did not belong in the woods, she belonged with me. On day two, I went to pick up her body which the vet had placed in a left over pharmaceutical box which looked too small for her  and I carried her familiar weight to a different forest where I began the search for a 'proper' burial site anew. From 7pm to 6am my brother and I dug her grave, placed her in it, and worked to get all the soil back to where it was. To walk through the forest with my beautiful baby's body moving all wrong in a box, to bury her in a hole- nothing could have been more unnatural.
She was a mainecoon and my vet had detected a slight heart murmur multiple times but I never suspected she could have a serious heart problem. I don't even know if it was cardiomyopathy. I can't believe it. She was such a huge part of my life and now she's just gone.

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Devastated


10/2/2013 5:12 PM
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Nzeifman, I'm so sorry for your loss.  I was told that only time will heal our brokenhearts.


My sweet boy Toby, he was 6 1/2 yrs old  strictly house cat.  He was a beautiful domestic blue that was sweet/funny/intelligent.  In the early morning between 2 am - 3 am he died in his sleep.  He died sleeping along side of my husband in his normal position...stretch out with his paws curled under.  Everyone that came into contact with him loved him.  Toby was very inquisitive and I use to call him my "bug detector".  I hate bugs and he would always alert me to them and stand back and let me kill the bug.  Every morning he'd sit at the bathroom door and watch us get ready for work.  If I dare close the door, he would cry.

For the past week, I've been home on crutches as I had foot surgery.  Just Monday morning, while preparing his food, when I put it down he went and laid down in the dining area to let me through on my crutches.  He was such a sweet boy and we loved him so much.  I got him when he was 4 months old...he was my baby, yes, I spoiled him...  He brought me so much joy, sitting with me as I read, wait with me as I soaked in the tub, sat on the chair behind me when at my desk.  He loved his ma ma and I loved him.  Our heart is broken over losing our boy. He was fine yesterday...he ate, played and hung out with us...when it was bedtime, I put him on  his bed and told him to stay...of course knowing he would not because he just loved being near us.  The only thing that kind of eases my pain is that we were here when he died.  He died comforted and contented as he was with is mommy and daddy.

He is being cremated and his ashes will be buried on the farm where he was born.  Thank you all for sharing your stories...I take comfort in knowing that I'm not the only one that loved my baby beyond him being a pet.  Because Toby was not a pet, he was my sweet baby boy.

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chazb


10/4/2013 2:50 AM
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I'm posting this as a memorial of sorts to my baby girl Sophie.  It has also meant quite a bit to me to see that the circumstances surrounding her death are apparently not as uncommon as I thought they may be.  I'm not insinuating that this makes her death any less tragic, but the nagging thoughts of, "What did I do wrong?" are no longer eating away at me.


Sophie was a beautiful tortoiseshell little girl.  My wife and I got her when she was 8 weeks old from the SPCA.  We got her because our other cat, Zach, seemed to be a little depressed.  We chose Sophie because we thought her personality would mesh well with Zach's.  I didnt realize at the time that I had also found the sweetest and cutest animal I have ever had the pleasure of bringing into my home.  Unrequited love is something typically associated with dogs not cats; however, Sophie never seemed to want anything more than to make me happy.  Even at the time of her death she looked like the sweetest kitten you've ever seen.  She had these markings around her eyes that always made her look a little sad (in a cute way) and was petite enough to pass for a 6 month old kitten.  She also never really meowed; she would make these little noises that sounded more like Mogwai from gremlins.  It was awesome.

A few hours ago she walked in front of the T.V., let out a loud yowl, fell to her side and started foaming a bit from the mouth.  I thought it may have been her tummy, but as I was rubbing her, she hacked a couple times like she may have been choking on a hairball.  I immediately started patting her back, but I literally saw the instant she died in her eyes.  I tried cpr for about 30 seconds, freaked out and started walking aimlessly in the kitchen a few seconds, and went back to try again.  I knew she was dead, but I had to try.

I came across this thread after we buried her, and I know it doesnt make it suck any less, but it makes me feel a little better knowing that there was nothing I could do.  Sohphie wad 1-1/2 years old and in perfect health.  The only solace I can find is that I didnt have to see her grow old.  I also know that I loved my baby girl, and that she loved me.  At the very least, yesterday was memorable.  We had a good day, and I'll forever remember her as my little girl.

I'll miss you Sophie, and I know Zach will too.

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Gowa69


10/7/2013 11:40 PM
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I am indeed saddened by your loss. I lost Tiger and he was about the same age. Completely heathy one minute and gone the next. Very tough to deal with and he appeared to have the same thing Sophia had.

Tiger was one in a million as I have had many cats over the years. He was a wild cat that hung around in the woods behind my house and over time I got him to trust me and well the rest was history.

All I can say is each day will get better and one day another one will come into your life. I had a cat show up about 4 months ago with the worst case of ear mites I had ever seen. I treated him for them and got him on the road to recovery. He will never replace Tiger but I can take solace in helping another lost soul that was saved from certain misery and there are thousnads of them out there need help.

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Mars


10/8/2013 6:41 AM
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Our family cat Peanut died suddenly a few hours ago, nothing was wrong, he was acting like he always does. Our cat is only a few months old maybe 8 months. A normal day of watching tv and him laying with me, me playing with him with his favorite toys snoopy. My mom and sister came home we had dinner, after I ate I went to go get his canned food (we recently bought him canned food because we were worried,lately he wasnt really eating his dry food so we bought some). After he eats i decide to watch tv in the living room while my mom is at the desk on the computer and my sister is playing with Peanut on the floor. By the way our cat wasn't nice playing cat,we get scratches and bites but we still loved him despite his flaws. Then all of a sudden I  hear terrible meow,my little sister yelling something is wrong with Peanut. My mom and I run to see whats wrong, hes on his side. My sister tells me he hit his head while playing with him and he just fall down on his side and started seizing,  I go to his side and I pet him trying to calm him down but he let out a terrible cry I pick him up trying to console him but he lets out another terrible meow, I lay him back down because I thought I was hurting him. By now my mom and sister are yelling for my dad and I'm just sitting watching him in pain feeling so utterly useless wishing I can make it stop. By the time my dad comes he still but then he moves then goes still again, my dad checks for a pulse then says hes gone. By then my mom, my sister , and I are crying and I'm still crying. Its night now so we cant bury him till morning and we have him laying down with one of his favorite toy, I'm still trying to look for the other one. I know my sister blames herself cause she was playing with him but I dont think that its her fault, he was a healthy naughty kitty. I google sudden death cat and it takes me here, all these stories I read sound similar to what happen to us.In the morning I will tell my sister about this site to let her know about these stories and till her its not her fault. I know the pain you guys are in, I'm still crying because not too long ago he was laying and playing by me I was happy with him, but now hes gone and its hurts just thinking about it. He was taken away too sudden.

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ngoat


10/9/2013 9:04 PM
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I have just had almost the identical experience, but my cat Sidney died tonight.  We even tried to do a heimlich manoever on  him to help him, and he had the same horrible terrified look.  It was just awful, and died in my arms.  No blood, for which I am grateful.  But it was dreadful.   About 6 months ago we were told he had a lump which was making his breathing difficult.  However, he seemed content, so we took him home to wait for the inevitable.  I thought I would have to put him down.  I have cried and cried tonight, and our other cat is very confused about Sidney being in a box, and covered with a pillow case.
RIP our boy, Sid was the best little guy ever.  Very loyal and true.  He is in heaven with his little pal Turpin, who he loved very much.

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tmpeto


11/18/2013 4:14 AM
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 I know the original post is several years old but I had a very similiar thing happened to my 10 year old cat ,Bunny yesterday. Bunny was normal in the morning and later that afternoon my husband found her on her side on the couch and she had passed away. This was so sudden . Bunny was not sick and there were no warning signs. There were no signs of blood or foam just the tiniest spot of saliva on the floor by the couch where her head was turned toward.

We are so heartbroken. I was at work all day and my husband came to pick me up at 9:00 that night. On the way home he saddly said "We had  something tragic happen today , Bunny died!" I was so shocked and I could not believe it. The really hard part is our almost 16 year old Cairn, Mickey, had just died less than a week before. I felt that a black cloud was hovering over us and our animals. But I realize that Mickey had lived his life span but Bunny I felt had 8 or even 10 years left. We are so sad but this site has brought  us some closure because we kept blamimg ourselves and couldn't figure how she died. Now I am almost sure that it was some kind of heart problem although she showed no signs. 

Bunny was born outside to a feral cat and she and her mom lived a short time on our deck. She had a breathing problem and one day it seemed very bad so we took her in when she was about 7 or 8 months. She could hardly breath and I was afraid she would die although at other times outside she was spunky and alert but very very delicate looking. She was given meds at the vet's and seemed fine after that but being a feral who knows what congenital defect she had inside her. I will miss the quiet little Bunny and thank God for her 10 years she was with us.

    

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compoundia


12/4/2013 2:38 PM
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Hello Twyst,
Sorry to hear about your cat. Loosing a pet is no less than loosing your loved ones. There may be any internal problem which you people did not noticed, sometimes pet looks healthy outside but their organs keep battling with any disease.

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Jeremy


12/4/2013 11:42 PM
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My cat died last night but we had to put him down.  I had just put some revolution for cats on him on Monday.  Tuesday evening comes along and he can no longer hold his bowels and his tongue was out like a dog meaning he couldn't breathe.  The vet said that his lungs were filling up with fluid and that he was dying.  He insisted that there was no way that revolution could do this to him and if it did anything that it would attack his nervous system and not his heart.  He had foam in his mouth, my poor beautiful can't I can't believe that I killed him.

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Kerriecat3701


12/13/2013 8:44 AM
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I am so sorry to hear about everyone's loses. The loss of a pet can be so tragically devastating. Just earlier tonight, my cat Ed passed away. He was about 12 years old and I had him since he was only a few weeks old (my dad had found him and his two sisters abandoned at one of his landscaping jobs and decided to take them home). Ed was an extremely hyper and energetic yet loving and sweet cat, he was always purring and looking for extra attention. He loved to run around outside and hunt around our property. Early tonight I heard a loud bang in the garage, and I ran to the door. I was shocked to what I was seeing Ed was laying at the bottom of the steps, convulsing and shaking. He let out a big moan and before I could even get to him, suddenly he stopped. I couldn't believe it, I had just pet him about 15 minutes earlier when I went to the garage to get dog food. He was completely fine. I really pep and pray that he did not feel much pain while he was dying. It was a horrible thing to see happen and I feel like I should have known what to do. Ed was a wonderful cat and I am just trying to keep the good, happy memories flowing as i mourn is death. Rest in peace to all of your wonderful kitties.

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Kerrykitty


12/14/2013 5:35 PM
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Our cat Marty died yesterday. He was 3 years four months. We had taken him to the vets for the trouble breathing that some others have described, and the vet referred him to a cardiologist. Just two days later I took him there but the stress of the journey was too much for his poor heart and he gasped for a good 15 minutes. I felt so helpless and useless, and responsible. The vets tried to help him but it was too late.


We miss him so very much. He was the loveliest most wonderful and most handsome cat. After doing a lot of googling, the (small) signs were there - the reduced appetite, slight lethargy and he also had a heart murmur which the vet was keeping an eye on. We are heartbroken. 

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Kerrykitty


12/14/2013 5:36 PM
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Our cat Marty died yesterday. He was 3 years four months. We had taken him to the vets for the trouble breathing that some others have described, and the vet referred him to a cardiologist. Just two days later I took him there but the stress of the journey was too much for his poor heart and he gasped for a good 15 minutes. I felt so helpless and useless, and responsible. The vets tried to help him but it was too late.


We miss him so very much. He was the loveliest most wonderful and most handsome cat. After doing a lot of googling, the (small) signs were there - the reduced appetite, slight lethargy and he also had a heart murmur which the vet was keeping an eye on. We are heartbroken. 

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Shakedown814


12/16/2013 3:59 PM
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Unfortunately, I find myself here for the same reason as all of you. This morning, our 5yr old cat suddenly dropped dead. Just mere seconds before, he was playing with the other cat, began to stumble, fell to the floor, and after a few short heavy breathes, passed away. All 3 of our cats are indoor cats. There is absolutely nothing the cat could have gotten into. My original assumption, which seems to be confirmed by many of your stories, is a sudden heart problem.  There was no foam at the mouth, no loss of bowels or urine. Just a lifeless cat with eyes open & tounge slightly out. This was my girlfriends cat, and I had only been around it for a shorter time than she. The hardest thing was calling her at work to inform her what had happened. Our other 2 cats (1 hers which is 3-4yrs, and the other mine which is 11yrs) seem to be perfectly healthy and normal. Obviously I'm a bit freaked out that there is to be a concern for our remaining cats, but after extensive research and reading everyone's stories, it seems to have been an un preventative unfortunate situation. It's a very helpless feeling. My heart goes out to everyone who has posted, as well to those who find themselves here just as all of us have done. There is a bit of comfort knowing we are not alone & reading how many others have the same love for their pet(s). Pets are family. They are a part of our every day lives and bonds are formed just as we do with humans. Love your friends & family every day (both human & animal) as we are never promised another tomorrow. Life is often to short and we should never take for granted the love we give and receive. 


 Rest easy, Onyx. The house is going to seem a bit empty for awhile. You were loved and appreciated for the love you gave us....even your obnoxious loud purrs in the middle of the night.  

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cabrina


12/22/2013 4:42 AM
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i have been searching for answers for two days to figure out what happened to my robin. at just 7 months old he was so normal and loving and obnoxious he played and tried to race you down the hall way and loved to eat and spill water over. i woke up the other morning and noticed throw up on my kitchen floor normal looking i then went to look for him to see if he was ok thinking he had a tummy ache. he was laying under the christmas tree cold. it looked like he was sleeping. i would never in a million years think this would happen to him and i cant stop blaming myself thinking what else could i have done? he was just trying to bite my toes through the covers 4 hours ago. how do you get over the trauma and trust yourself to ever have another cat again?

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traceycooke


1/12/2014 4:13 PM
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I see we have all had the same experience, I woke up today looking for my beautiful Paco, I text my husband asking him if Paco went out with him...he called me back shortly after, to tell me he found paco in the room today and he had died...I was in shock,,there was nothing wrong with him, he was very active and playful, he was eating and acting like nothing was wrong... My husband and I found paco 5 yrs ago when we stopped traffic to stop a kitten from being ran over and he was 2 inches from a truck tire when we stopped traffic, we jumped out of the car and ran to grab him, he was a couple months old and full of energy, his eye was popped, the vets wanted to remove it, they scheduled him for 2 wks for surgery..in that time i managed to bring his eye back, no surgery was needed...he was the light of my life, his beauty lit up the house...in Sept.he was kidnapped (long story) and in 10 days he was brought back,,,we were so happy to have him back...four months later and without warning he has left me again this time forever :( that is how I found this site, i was trying to figure out what could have happened...reading what everyone went through and I the same..My heart goes out to all of you, it never gets easier, you can never get used to losing lives that mean so much to you. Paco gave me the best 5 years...he made me laugh everyday, I don't know how it will go without seeing his light up the room face, I am an animal activist and have to see deaths everyday...death is not something that one can ever get used to....I have 5 others to take care of ...but that does not stop the pain and the hurt of my paco being gone, I had no reason to be prepared for it, I thought we had at least 10 more years together...also like some have suggested as much as it hurts to lose ...it does make a difference when you save another....as much as that seems impossible when your hurting, about 10 years ago when I lost a precious do to an illness, the day he died, my friend rescued a kitten a gave it to me, my emotions were going insane, but watching a new life getting a chance at a new life, did help the grieving...Never stop saving lives...we may not be able to save them all, but it will mean everything to the ones you did...I love you paco and you will be in my heart forever, you will never be forgotten and neither will the years of happiness and smiles you brought me....can't stop crying right now.... 

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InMemoryofHarley


1/16/2014 5:03 AM
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My cat Harley SUDDENLY died tonight. He was only 7 years old, active, healthy indoor cat. I had just fed him and was doing some laundry about 4 feet away. He was laying by the bathroom door like he does every night when he is done eating, waiting for me to open the door so he can eat what my other cat does not finish (always one or two kernels). I opened the door for him and he normally hops up and he didn't move. I am so sad and so shocked. We called our vet so he can be cremated in the morning and our vet said it was most likely a heart attack. I bought him at my local vet when I lived in NC who rescued him from the beach. His mother had the litter on the beach and someone gave rat poising to the mother who died and left a litter of newborn kittens. They had originally named him Tuna since the litter all had ocean names because they were born on the beach. He had a great life, my older cat loved him too. He played with the dogs and my little boy. He was all black and a pretty big cat, but not overweight. He loved affection. Rest In Peace Harley 2/2007 - 1/2014.

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InMemoryofHarley


1/16/2014 5:20 AM
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My cat Harley SUDDENLY died tonight. He was only 7 years old, active, healthy indoor cat. Tonight he went through his standard routine and was very excited to eat, as usual. I had just fed him and he finished all of his dinner. I was doing some laundry about 4 feet away. He was laying by the bathroom door like he does every night when he is done eating, waiting for me to open the door so he can eat what my other cat does not finish (always one or two kernels). I opened the door for him and he normally hops up and he didn't move. I called his name and noticed his eyes were open, mouth open and tongue hanging out to the side. I thought he was in a trance and gave him a little nudge to wake him up. When he didn't move, I stood up and noticed he was not breathing. I am so sad and so shocked. We called our vet so he can be cremated in the morning and our vet said it was most likely a heart attack. I bought him at my local vet when I lived in NC who rescued him from the beach. His mother had the litter on the beach and someone gave rat poising to the mother who died and left a litter of newborn kittens. They had originally named him Tuna since the litter all had ocean names because they were born on the beach. He had a great life, my older cat loved him too. He played with the dogs and my little boy. He was all black and a pretty big cat, but not overweight. He loved affection. Rest In Peace Harley, we will all miss you and are very sad. Run with Boone and Iddy in Heaven. 2/2007 - 1/2014.

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InMemoryofHarley


1/16/2014 7:04 AM
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Sorry for the duplicate post, the one below this has more details.

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MyAngel


2/9/2014 5:57 PM
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I am so very sorry for your loss.  I am extremely grief stricken too.  My baby boy -Angel 9.5 years old was lifeless when I found him on the basement floor upon my return from school.  He was overweight and snored at night when slept.  Did not see anything out of the ordinary about him though.  Feel so guilty for not going to the doctor for a check up.  He has been snoring for five years on and off but his behaviour did not seem to deviate from his normal.  I love him more then anything and can't cope with his loss.  I changed my mind about autopsy and now regret it.  Not knowing what happened kills me.  His last check up in december of 2013 revealed nothing.  Could the doctor have overlooked a heart condition?  Do heart attack victims always have their tongue out and eye balls rolled up?  Angel's mouth was closed and he had his soliva  dripping on the side of his cheek and his irises were raised to the upper outer corners of the eyes.  What do you think may have happen?  I am dying here without him.  His sister -Dawn helps me a little bit but not much in all honesty.  God I wish I knew what happened.  Feelling so terribly guilty and lonely that I just want to die.

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Denny


2/21/2014 8:42 AM
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So Glad that I've read all of these post tonight. This morning my boyfriend found his cat of 7 yrs dead in the living room. He has two cats, but he favored Denny because he was very passive and loving and he had to protect him because he ran outside and lost him a few years ago and found him over a month later at a neighboring store parking lot; so they had a special bond. Until dating my boyfriend I had no pets, but after waking up seeing my boyfriend hurt and cry like he did made me cry too, I was saddened and did not realize how much I cared for Denny as well. It was a total shock as he was just walking all over us last and purring for treats! We are heartbroken because there were no signs and my BF is so puzzled. But these post really helps! My condolences to all and Thanks for sharing.... #CurtisChristianPhillip

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HILARY


2/28/2014 11:38 PM
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Our cat Buster died suddenly on Wed morning. He was only 3 1/2 and showed no previous signs. He was completely normal the night before.  I heard a horrible moan from him about 7 am and went to see what was wrong.  He was laying on the floor in the kitchen panting and his pupils were dilated. I got dressed to take him to the vet and when I came back he had pooped on the floor (later when i cleaned it up I saw a touch of bloody mucus) and was trying to get downstairs where his litter box was. He couldn't walk at all and rolled all the way down the basement stairs. I followed him and he laid on the rug still panting. I went back upstairs and called the emergency vet and my husband and told him what was going on. While on the phone I heard a few more moans.  I went back downstairs to put him in the carrier and he wasn't on the rug anymore. I found him under a chair next to the wall with mouth open and eyes closed and lying in a small pool of urine and feces not breathing. It all happened within 15 minutes. I have a 4 year old that slept with him every night and carried him around all day. I knew it was going to be horrible if I ever had to tell her that something happened to him, what I didn't know was how badly I would miss him. I didn't even know I liked the cat until i found him in the basement unresponsive. My husband and I are both missing him so much so i can't even imagine how my daughter feels. We also have a 2 year old and even he asks why he had to die. I thought we would have many more years with him. He was a great cat. He was indoor/outdoor and mostly went to the bathroom outside so we hardly every had to clean the litter box. He was perfect for the kids and never complained when they laid on him or carried him around. He was very cuddly and loved to be touching someone. I still can't believe he is gone and I keep seeing his last moments playing over and over in my head. We didn't have a necropsy due to cost but I just wish I knew what happened. He always seamed so healthy. 

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FreyaKat


3/4/2014 5:01 AM
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I'm very surprised at how many people have had to dealt with the same tragedy my boyfriend and I just experienced. Our beloved 1 year 8 month old kitty Freya died suddenly about a week ago. My boyfriend came home to find her dead in the bathroom, with a puddle of foam around her mouth. He rushed her to the vet, but she had already been gone for a couple hours. 
We have been racking our brains at what could have caused this. We only use natural cleaning products, all of which are locked securely away. She was up to date on all of her shots. She had been perfectly healthy since we adopted her at 5 weeks old. She was an indoor only cat, so she couldn't have gotten into any rat poison or fertilizer, and the vet didn't find any obstruction that she might have choked on. We couldn't afford the $350 autopsy, so we never will know 100% what happened, but from what I've read, its most likely the cardiomyopathy. 
This might seem strange, but I am comforted by the number of posts by owners who were right there with their kitty when they fell ill... and the one story about the kitty who was AT the vet when it happened. The worst part of this has been wondering - if only one of us had been home, maybe we could have saved her. I am still sad that she was alone when she died, but hopefully it was as quick, and as inevitable, as others have described.
My condolences to all of you! I'm so so sorry that anyone has to go through this. Thank you for sharing your stories. 

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katmar7


3/6/2014 5:34 AM
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This thread has been really comforting to read. I'm so sorry so many people have lost their beautiful friends so unexpectedly. 


We lost our beautiful Welly yesterday at 5 years and 7 months. He was an awesome kitty, he'd been found wandering in a car park as a tiny kitten, far too young to have not been with his Mama. A friend rescued him and he came to live with us. Our very special 16 yr old Felix had recently died of old age and we took it as a sign that this little ginger boy was looking for a home (Felix was also a ginger boy). I think Welly bonded with us so much because he was so little when we got him. 

He was a real character, he loved play fighting and cuddles in equal measure. He grew up to be a really brave and loving cat. He wasn't afraid of very much. He even made friends with the big dog next door! He also had a legion of neighborhood cat friends who would wait by the door for him to come and play.

He was very healthy and had absolutely no problems until two days ago. He was with my folks while they watched tv and suddenly he lost the use of his back legs and seemed to be in pain. They rushed him to the emergency vets, he was put on oxygen and not expected to live through the night. He did make it through and regained some use of his legs, so we were hopeful. However he took a turn for the worse and the vet advised that he wasn't going to get better. We booked an appointment for him be euthanized yesterday afternoon but his little body took control and he passed in the morning. The vet said he made the decision for us. I am glad that he passed naturally and of his own accord. He was on painkillers and the vet said it was very peaceful.  The loss of the use of his legs was caused by an embolism, from a heart condition. After researching a bit and reading everyone's experiences on here it seems likely it was cardiomyopathy. The blood in his heart pooled due to the condition causing a big clot which then broke off and stopped blood flow to his legs. He was on blood thinners, painkillers and heart medication at the vets but by all accounts this condition is fatal when it reaches the later stages. 

My Dad and brother buried him in the garden with Felix and our other ginger boy Moey who was hit by a car many years ago. Three ginger boys all together. I live in another city so I'm going home today to be with everyone and lay some flowers for him. I didn't get to see him when he was sick, apart from by FaceTime when they went to the vets to visit him the first night. In a way I'm glad the last time I saw him he was healthy and well, but also sad I didn't get to be with him when he was sick or be there to bury him. But it was quick which I'm also glad about and he wasn't in pain. 

I'm so sorry for everyone on here. Cats are family members and I will miss my Welly so much. He was such a awesome boy! I'll miss our cuddles and sneaking him in late at night when I'm visiting. My folks liked him out at night so he could run around, he was very active and would destroy things if left in the house. But I'd always sneak him in for snacks and cuddles! I'm so glad I always did that while he was here. Love you always my Welloo xxxxxxx

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cooncatlady


3/9/2014 5:28 PM
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Sometimes a cat that young will chew on electric cords in the home. this will present with nearly the same symptoms as cardiomyopathy. They can die very suddenly. I had a cat die in 2010 but he made it to the vet and lived the weekend but died Monday morning. I was devastated and he was five. I'm not sure if it was his heart or if he really did chew on a cord as some cats do. We now have all electric cords covered so they can't bite through them. We also have a coon cat with cardiomyopathy. He is not bad now and is not on meds but is checked right now yearly with the cardiologist.

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InMemoryOfTobyKitty


3/11/2014 4:59 PM
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I also lost my 4.5 year old kitty last week. He was an indoor cat only, and wasn't very mischievous. He mostly played with his kitty toys, lounged in sun beams, and loved to sit on my lap and get belly rubs. I had been home with him all day, as well as the previous days, and know he didn't get into anything. He wouldn't even eat or kill bugs, so i know he couldn't have been poisoned by something like an poisoned mouse, plus we don't have mice! 


Like every other day, he napped on the bed, sat in my lap, ate and went to the bathroom normally. Around 8 pm, his dinner time, he walked over to the chair i was sitting on and put his front paws on my lap and meowed a little. He was politely asking for his food, and I gave him some scratches while i finished the task at hand. He put his paws on me once more, gave out a yelp that I had never heard before from him, and collapsed on the floor. I turned around immediately and saw his limp body, immediately pulled him to the middle of the room to check for some sort of trauma, but there was nothing to be seen. He gasped a couple of times, but seemed to be unconscious already, and died within the minute. 

As everyone else that has posted about this occurrence, I was completely traumatized. I searched the entire apartment looking for some sign of something gone wrong, but found nothing. I was in shock until I called my mom to tell her of the event, and immediately started balling. I just couldn't figure out what had happened! He hadn't had postmortem bowel movements, but a pool of liquid came out of his mouth sometime in the early morning after he had passed away. I seriously considered a necropsy, but thought it would be better to bury him peacefully. 

I'm thankful for all of the posts about this traumatic event. My heart goes out to all of you that have lost your companions as well. It has been consoling to know that this can happen to kitties of all ages, and that there is nothing that could have been done. I too am happy that it happened quickly, and he seemed not to be in pain.  

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dingdong


3/24/2014 2:32 AM
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3/29/2014 4:57 AM
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Hi tuxedo lover. I am so sorry to hear about roscoe.  I lost my tuxedo 3days ago. His name was andrew .  I found him in the same exact position as you described finding roscoe. I felt like angels had arranged him with his paws crossed and on his  side like he was napping because I don't think I would have been able to handle finding him any other way.  I googled to see if this ha happened to anyone else ans was thankful to find your posting so I joined the forum so I could thank you for sharing your story.  Andrew was on his side with his paws crossed.  Sounds like roscoe was the joy in your life and I hope you and your family are making it along. Andrew had quite a personality as well.  Thank you

Robin

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leslie1


4/11/2014 5:54 AM
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Bubba is my cat, I found him and his sister Sissy when they were itty bitty. I still have Sissy. But Night before last. I needed to get something from a cabinet behind my recliner. My foot bumped something  so I pushed behind me. It was my Bubba, he had been there long enough to be stiff.   I totally lost it. I  could not believe it. I was in disbelief . I couldn't rap my head around it. He was 14 years old. But didn't act sick or give any sign there was anything wrong.  I don't know why. He looked  normal. His eyes were open. I still can't understand. And wonder did I do something. Or not do something. I miss him very much, He is in Kitty heaven. And I have Sissy and my other babies. He will truly be missed.


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