Cat Sudden Death

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

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Reply To: Twyst

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

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Reply To: Twyst

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

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Reply To: Twyst

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

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Reply To: meganr1980

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

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Reply To: Twyst

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.


Thanks

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sherryc

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Reply To: Twyst

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

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Reply To: sherryc

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

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Reply To: sherryc

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

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Reply To: bikepattydc

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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