Sudden Death of Beloved Cat

My heart is broken right now, because my beloved Theo, "Mr. Kitty", died suddenly today. I ate lunch with a friend and returned three hours later. I played around with my dogs and walked down the hall to my room and saw him lying on the ground. I could tell right away he was dead, because he's the friendliest cat in the world and would always greet me when I walked by him. Sure enough, he wasn't  breathing  and his jaw was locked shut and his legs were stuff. I screamed out for about ten minutes at , I was absolutely hysterical. He was such a wonderful sweet cat. He was only 5 yyears old. He was a strictly indoor cat and was pretty healthy. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what could have happened. He had vomited a few times this year a clear liquid. But this was three three times over the course of a year. His coat had become slightly dull and had begun to collect dandruff, but I attributed it to the fact that he sometimes ate dog food, which he always has done on the sly.  I had switched my cats (I have a another cat, Phoebe) to freeze dried raw food from Stella and Chewys and he loved it, but i suddenly had to switch back to Taste of the Wild due to how expensive Stella and chewys is. He was a strictly indoor cat, in which case I did not take him for his yearly vaccines. So so I am blaming myself for this. I didn't think if he was an indoor cat that yearly shots were really necessary. However now I am not so sure.  I also had given him and Phoebe a Revolve treatment after a couple months off.. I feel like this is all my fault and I could have prevented this. I feel like I am to blame for his death and I just wish I could tell him sorry. I wish I had taken better care of him. I made sure he had fresh water everyday and fresh food. I scratched and brushed him. Maybe I should have played with him more, I just got a puppy and I feel like I neglected him. I am absolutely devastated. I sent him off for a necroscopy so I am anxiously awaiting results to see the exact cause of death. If anyone has any advice for dealing with the sudden death of a pet, I would really appreciate it. 

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chinasmom

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Reply To: littlewing

Oh my heart goes out to you.  Losing a pet is so hard and only time will heal your broken heart.  I am 49 and have had a pet for as long as I can remember.  But not one time did I ever find my dear pet when they had passed.  I had simply been told that they had gone to heaven or they died but they were always gone when I got home.  Until about ten years ago.  I finally found my dog when she died.  I had three and I went through the same thing as you.  I felt like I should have spent more time with her, I should have pet her more, and the list goes on.  But what you and I did is love them, feed them and did the best we could for them and in God's eyes that means everything.  So don't punish yourself for the things you didn't do. Remember and be thankful for the wonderful times you shared with Theo.  Because Mr. Kitty would not have those memories if it weren't for you.

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fatoutandia

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Reply To: littlewing

Losing a pet is always too hard. Sometimes, It's a heart broken one.

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