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My Cat Poppy and I were up at the cottage just to get a few things done to close up for winter including an appointment that I had to put on my snow tires.
On the weekend.. Saturday night to be exact I heard a bit of a stir which was normal but looked over to the corner of the room and Poppy was on her side and very disoriented.. I picked her up and moved her to the bed where she "came too" and then she was seemingly fine until she heard my voice ... and she went and hid under the bed..  for the night.  She was not a happy kitty and everytime I would try to talk her out from under the bed she would growl at me in fact she even lunged at me at one point.. she didn't seem to know me.  It's a snow storm now so I am calling around cottage country to see if I could find a vet .. because the vet clinics are all closed.. anyway they could not help me but said just to keep an eye on her it might be that she got into something.. or perhaps she is constipated.. give her some metamucil.  
Turns out the next day.. now Sunday she was a little tired but back to her normal self again... purring and eating and following me all over the place.  Monday again.. after speaking to the clinic they said it sounds like she got into something so I decided to take her in for an exam on Tuesday or Wednesday...they said just bring her in.    Monday she was perfectly fine.. a little needy...  I put a litter box in my bedroom and worked on my laptop in bed so we could snuggle.. and remember thinking she hadn't used it she must be using the other one.  So many flashbacks of what we did and trying to recall everything to search for clues.   Monday just as usual we go to sleep together.. she did her regular song and dance....   when I woke up on Tuesday a litle later than normal I found her on the couch and she had passed away.  No vomit or urine, no blood.. she was in her usual sleeping position in her regular couch spot...  it blew me away.     I am not even that concerned with what took her life..  I am absolutely consumed with grief and guilt and wish that I could have seen signs..  I think Poppy tricked me into thinking she was ok for the last day because all I did was hug her and tell her how pretty she was and that I was scared that she was going to leave me... and i remember thinking how much I appreciated her and promised never to take her for granted again.   The sadness is crushing me and I don't know how to move past the guilt.  I know that the outcome might have been different if there was not a storm and I took her in right away.. if we didn't come to the cottage and I was closer to our regular vet.. if I had just seen the signs I was even obsessing over her littler  box to see if she had urinated enough... and I keep looking back for signs.  I think if I can push through the guilt I can begin to heal but it's consuming me.. I'm still up here and the lonliness is agonizing ...  my Poppy licked away many tears and  was always around me.. she gave me way more than I could have ever given her and I will always ge grateful for her.   I loved her so much and feel like I let her down.  Thank you for letting me share my story.    C

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. 

MY AMERICAN BULLDOG DIED TWO MONTHS AGO. IM HAVING A VERY HARD TIME ACCEPTING IT. IVE BEEN FEELING LIKE I DONT/CANT GO ON WITHOUT SHORTY. 

I've been looking for an pomerian. I would like a small dog. I'm most of the time by myself and would like a little small pet to play with to keep me company



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So we are moving from new jersey to Maryland and my entire family and whole life has been in New Jersey. I am a little worried about the move because of leaving all of my familiarity and my family veterinarian. My first instinct was to purchase pet health insurance and that would be in the best interest of my animal all together is anyone available with insight into this troubling decision at hand I have my worries all wrapped up in I also have an exotic reptile to care for and cats to also worry about caring for down there to so the move is a big one to get used to without my human family to follow me along.

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My friends dad passed away 3 days ago & this morning he told me his mum found her cat dead under the bed. I asked if his mums cat was sick or had been to the vets recently & said the cat was as fit as fiddle. The only thing i could think of was the cat was bitten by a snake or spider, im pretty sure my friend thinks that the passing of his dad was the reason the cat died

What do all of you pet owners think, is a homemade diet safer than the food you buy at the store? The recent recall of commercial dog food manufactured by Menu Foods and other dog food companies continues to escalate as worried dog parents scurry for alternative, safe dog food choices. To date more than 100 brands of commercial dog food have been recalled after discovery of toxic contaminants that have produced kidney failure and death in dogs nationwide. Intent on protecting the health and safety of their dogs, many dog parents have opted to prepare dog food themselves at home. The question on many a dog nutritionist’s mind these days is whether homemade dog food is dangerous or a safe and nutritious alternative to commercial dog food.

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