Reply To: Twyst
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.
Reply To: monsieurjosh
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.
Reply To: drth15
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.
I understand entirely...
Reply To: Virgotango
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.
Reply To: hilaryhokrein
I can completely relate to all of these posts.
Reply To: peachykeen
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.
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.
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