Sudden Death in Kitty
My baby Tigger was 9 yrs. When I adopted him as a kitten he had been very ill, the vet said he only had a 30% chance of survival...He of course made it and was the best baby in the world. (If not for his love and affection I wouldn't have survived my own serious health issues) He wasn't sick again until about 1.5 yrs ago, when we noticed his teeth were going bad. We haven't had the funds to take him to the vet so we did what we could. Tigger began to lose weight a yr ago and vomiting white foam periodically, he never ate very much but we started feeding him soft food. He loved drinking water and his litter box habits were regular and healthy looking. Then, on my wedding anniversary (10/31) he was acting fine all day. That evening he puked several times then had diarrhea 3 times. I sat with him all nite. On 11/1, I came home from work and he was loving and purring but very weak. We gave him water and he drank a 3 tablespoons. He was waking oddly, like his hind legs were stiff. He peed, then went under the end table. Early the next morning, we found him under the couch, under where I had fallen asleep. We knew he had gone in his sleep the nite before...He never screamed, never whimpered, never showed obvious signs of pain. I am confused as to how this happened so suddenly. I'm still grieving and trying to come to terms with his passing. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated to help me find some closure. The guilt is making me sick....
Reply To: LSDiva
I am so sorry for your loss. I am not a vet but I know from my own experiences that these things happen without explaination. I can certainly understand the hesitation about going to the vet, we have been in the same situation ourselves. It sounds like you did everything you reasonably could and your Tigger went peacefully. That is all any of us can ask.
Something similar happened to my precious Milo!! We had her from a kitten a she had regular check-ups with the same vet until she was in her teens. Then I started taking her to another vet, where my daughter was a technician. We found out that the other vet had not been taking care of her teeth (although, he said they were fine) and whe developed a very serious abcess on a upper canine tooth. The dr, operated, but a lot of damage had been done. She was healing, but suddenly had a stroke from the infection getting to her brain. She was like your kitty, her walking was impaired and she looked like she was drunk when she walked. The dr. kept her in hospital on IV antibiotics for several days. She never really got better, but kept decreasing in abilities until she finally wouldn't eat and could only take a couple sips of water at a time. I just couldn't bear to "put her down" she had had so much zest for life!! But after she stopped eating, it was only about a day until she passed in a padded box at the foot of the bed where she had slept with us in our bed since she was so small she couldn;t get up by herself. I blame the first vet!!!!
Not much emphasis was placed on dental care, but what happened was the bacteris went to her brain and did much damage. In your kitty's case the damage caused a sudden event which took her then rather than having to suffer through months of deterioration. Do not feel guilty, my daughter as I said is a vet tech and she did not know and like you said treatment is very expensive!! But dental care and heartworm preventatives are very important, especially in the southern part of the US.
My sympathy on your loss!!
I feel sorry for your situation. I know that you really loved your
kitten. I do hope the time will come when you can find another cat to be your pet.
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