Cat Sudden Death

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monsieurjosh

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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.

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drth15

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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.

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Virgotango

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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.

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azhuntress

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Reply To: Twyst

I understand entirely...

My father just walked in and told me my Charlie died...
He just fell off a chair, started seizing, and died.... He was only 3. He's been perfectly fine always. He was playing with my puppy just half an hour before.....

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hilaryhokrein

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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.

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Gills

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To Hilary


I am so sad to read your story, that sounds so horrible to see your cat going that way. I just lost my cat Tigger yesterday, he just died suddenly out the blue, my boyfriend found him dead on the shed roof. We are both devastated and had no idea that sudden death could even happen until we checked out websites similar to this today. It's a comfort to know we are not the only ones who have lost our little furry family members so suddenly. We cannot stop crying at losing Tigger and just cannot believe he is gone. My thoughts are with you. 

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peachykeen

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Reply To: Twyst

I can completely relate to all of these posts.


My 15 week old kitten, Cozy, a quirky and loving little tabby with the biggest eyes, died about a week ago. She had been to the vet 3 days before and was given a clean bill of health. At about 8pm on last Saturday night, after a day of normal behavior, she suddenly had a violent seizure, urinated, pooped, and vomited a little blood. She was dead within a few minutes. My roommate and I cried all night (and so far, all week) and my family drove up to bring us to a pet hospital to drop her off for a necropsy. I talked to the doctor the next morning, and he said she hadn't swallowed or eaten anything that killed her, which helped my roommate and I feel better, knowing it wasn't something dumb we left out that she ate. It will be another week before we get back a full report. I can't believe she died so suddenly, I've never lost a cat like that. She will always be missed.  

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kms

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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.

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codragon

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I am comforted by your posts, so much so that I felt it appropriate to join the site just so I could reply to you all. 
My wife found our cat "Panther", ( a black Bombay) whom we got from the pound as a kitten 13 yrs ago, lying on the floor in the laundry room tonight. We got her for our youngest son to have as a pet when he was 8. We of course love her very much,and were shocked to find her in this way. 
Like many of these posts it appears that she was walking to her litter box, and she 
regurgitated some and her bowels let loose and she passed right there. My wife was in the house, but says she heard nothing at all. Shocking. No signs to speak of at all, though for a couple weeks she has seemed to sleep a little more than normal, though with a cat we all know that is a hard thing to spot really.
I know, 13 is getting up there, yet at the same time I expected her to make it another 5 years or so hopefully.
 I am right now still in shock and disbelief. We decided to bury her here at our home, where she spent most of her life. After doing so however, I could think of nothing else but to try to find a reason for this. She had just been to the vet a month ago or so and he gave her a clean bill of health. 
I am glad I took the time this morning to say good morning to her and pet her some before I went out for the day. We will miss her very much.....


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CindySiv

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Reply To: Twyst

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.


I decided to spend the money for a necropsy (sp!), but nothing showed it.  So we have to assume it was a heart attack.  As I read all the posts here I cried and cried.  I feel like I'll never get the vision of Jessie's little still body, nor the sound of my daughter's wailing, out of my head.

I feel deeply for all of you who have experienced this.  But am comforted by the thought of the Rainbow Bridge, where we will be reunited with our little friends.

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