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About 4½ yrs ago, I rescued this male black kitten, then about 4 weeks old, from the local refuse dump in our village, Sedgefield, in South Africa.  His fur covered in smelly fluid and flea infested.  I took him home, and my wife and one son who was at home at the time, bathed him and rid him of the fleas. We have two other older cats, one also a black male I took in as a stray, and a Siamese female the wife purchased.

 Fast forward to 21st Jan 2016,  at about 3 AM, he got off the bed where he slept ever since that day, cuddled up snugly  against my one  leg, gave an unusual soft cough, and went out the always open window, as he always did early mornings. When he did not return after about an hour, we started looking for him calling his name ( Afrikaans for “Eyes” because of the prominent large eyes)  after a frantic search, my son  discovered his limp body on the floor of our garden shed.  I went absolutely hysterical and cried my heart out, even though I am 69 yrs old. I have been crying every day since, and am still devastated.  After research on the Net, the conclusion was drawn that it was probably the dreaded heart condition, Cardiomyopathy, as he showed no signs of prior distress and was healthy as could be.

He meant  the world  to me and we became very attached to each other.  He would follow me all over the house and garden, even went for rides with me and the wife in  the car around the village, and for walks on the sand dunes at the beach and in a large church garden close to our home,  We showered him with love and affection and took turns to cuddled him at least 6 times a day!

We buried him in one corner of our back yard  next  to a small vegetable patch,  where we spent so  many precious moments together. Him mimicking me, and digging small holes when planting veggies.

It is absolute agony wandering about the house and see all his favourite lounging spots, still expecting to see him around every corner or lying on his favourite sofa.

We have visited the grave site about  20 times since,  asking ourselves a thousand times “ why him!” We will cherish the fond memories of his far too short, 4½ yrs, he shared with us, till our dying days.

If cats could talk, I am sure he would have said just before exhaling his last breath  “ Don’t mourn my death mommy and daddy,  Just cherish the countless memories of the wonderful life I shared with you”

Sleep peacefully our little angel. We will miss you so much! 

My cat died last Tues. noon after vomiting for 2 days. He died in my son's arms on his way to a vet's clinic. I am devastated by his death and I feel guilty not to take him to see the vet one day early. He was only 3 yeas old, extremely friendly and intelligent. He did not vomit a lot. So I thought he would recover. One year ago, he also vomited for 1 day, but recovered later. The internet says we should take the cat to see the vet after 48 hours if he is not better. Now I learned that if my cat is vomiting liquid, I need to take him to see the vet immediately. He has brought me so much comfort and fun and I was devastated by his death. I am so sad.

I am writing this to possibly receive some feedback from others that may have gone through something similar.  Tuesday eve I suddenly,  unexpectedly and tragically lost my 13 yo baby,  Jimmie.  it was a pleasant eve. I was sitting on my couch with my laptop and two other kitties hanging out beside me.  Jimmie
Jimmie jumped up on side of sofa like he always had.  this time he did not make it up.  I keep replaying the scenario.  I did not see himh jump up but heard the sound of him sort of sliding back down the side of the sofa.  at that moment I then saw my standing floor lamp go crashing down and seeing that Jimmie was in its path. Freaking out, I jumped to lift the base of lamp up and away fromthe him.  he actually stood up and then
Tooka step and gently laid down on his side.  I was not believing what had just happened.  he began breathing rapidly and made quiet noise like gurgling and then h
He was still and quiet. I was quite the opposite.  what just happened.  did the weight of the floor lamp crush him.  Why did he slide down the side of sofa. There was no blood.  there was no foaming from his mouth. There was just a little wet spot on carpet where he laid when he departed from me so suddenly.  he was the leader of our pack. Me and his 3 other furry ones are grieving,  confused and empty right now.  Can anyone offer any
Suggestions of why my otherwise happy go lucky jimmie checked out without any warning.  grieving in Houston, k

As a human with seizures, I can give you a little insight into what is occurring while your cat is having a seizure.  The seizure itself is not painful , mentally you just aren't there. Aggressiveness or any other unusual behavior is part of the seizure.  The aftermath is the challenge and that is when you can help and keep your cat safe.  It is more difficult, heart wrenching and scary to watch than actually having them.  Some of the things that have occurred during or shortly after do impact, muscle pain from falling, biting their tongue a head ache. The period immediately  after the seizure stops is also not painful (postictal), they still haven't returned to "reality."  The best you can do is comfort them, not let them wander and keep them from hurting themselves.  



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My cat Cleo just died suddenly on us this morning. She has had seizures in the past and this summer she had a really bad spell like she was going to pass away on us, but she snapped out of it. Today she just jumped off the table onto the chair and then to the floor where she just looked up at my husband and started choking. She had about a three minute seizure and then passed away instead of snapping out of it. She had been a very healthy cat for as long as we had her until three years ago. She is 10 yrs. old. She must of had a heart attack or choked to death during her seizure. This feeling is terrible, she was hardly away from me in the house, quite the cozy kitty type. I will miss her.



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