Cat passed last night.We had our cat for 13 years. Except the family had to watch her pass right in front of us. She suddenly seemed like she could not breathe, but she wasn't choking on anything and had her mouth open. It happened so fast we didn't know whether to try to help her by blowing air into her lungs or not because of her eye and nose related symptoms. It was late at night, her legs went straight then limp, and we feel guilty because we feel like we could have helped her if we acted sooner or tried CPR. In hindsight I'm guessing it was a heart or blood clot related death, and there was nothing that could actually be done. Her airway was definitely not obstructed, her mouth was open during the event, and she almost immediately voided and went completely still -body and eyes. People have said that most at home CPR does not have a good turn out rate, but we feel absolutely terrible for at least not trying. It was an emotional moment. Very tragic to witness. We loved her. I went through middle school, high school, and college with that cat. But it was her time, and her age and symptoms had caught up with her during a completely peaceful night.She was part of the family. My best friend sometimes. So we buried her in the backyard on the same night after she passed. Rigor mortis set in within the first hour and she was cold and completely rigid by the end of two hours. Feeling her become cold was tough, like we could have done more in the moment. But this is what happens in life sometimes. We cried all night. It seemed like such a harsh way of passing. And it happened so suddenly and quickly. Now, all we can do is meet again on Rainbow Bridge, make her a great memorial in the backyard, and visit and breathe outdoors whenever things get depressing indoors. It's important to learn what to do in these situations, and to find acceptance and forgiveness for what has already happened. The sad reality is that humans out-live cats, and to show as much love as you can during their life and be better educated on what to do during a crisis, or a lifetime. Thank-you for all your support and stories. I hope this helped somebody. We will miss our cat very much...
Reply To: catmandu
After a few days, I would say we filled her up with so much love that she expanded onto the next life. We took incredible care of our cat, above and beyond what is expected. She had so much love that going onward was the best move for her to make.
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