Sudden death of my cat

My absolute best friend in feline form passed away this past Monday morning completely unexpectedly.  To say I am devastated is an understatement.  I have been crying for the past three days.  I was just completely blindsided.  He is one of four of our indoor cats and he just had a full exam at the vet last month.  He was 9 years old and in perfect health, or so the vet thought.

We really don't know what happened.  At around 1 am my wife was still watching tv and heard a crash and a kitty moaning in the dining room.  She rushed to investigate and found Timpy on the floor, legs all sprawled out, moaning with foam coming out of his mouth.  My wife screamed upstairs for me to hurry down.  When I rushed into the room and saw Timpy, I lost it. I knew instantly he was dying.  We quickly wrapped him in a towel and rushed to the car.  I don't know exactly when, but he died in my arms on the way to the emergency vet.  We have had cats for over 20 years and have never experienced anything like this.  

Of our four cats, Timpy had the biggest personality and had stolen my heart years ago.  He constantly let me know when it was breakfast or dinner, and he did it very loudly.  Man could that cat meow.  I haven't slept past 7 am on the weekends for over nine years or dared do anything before first feeding the cats when I came home in the evenings.  But my reward was worth it.  Timpy loved me almost as much as food.  He'd snuggle with me for hours, sleep next to me at night, and allowed me to hold him and kiss his tummy unconditionally.  No offense to cats, but he was a dog in a cat suit.

It is truly killing me now that he's gone.  Even though there are still three cats and a dog here, the house is terribly silent.  It makes me so sad.  It also makes me mad.  Last Wednesday, for about a minute, I thought he might have been breathing a little too labored. I was a hair's length away from taking him to the vet when it seemed to stop and he acted otherwise totally normal.  For the next couple of days I would watch him, and saw nothing unusual.  And of course, he was just at the vet a mere four weeks prior, so what could possibly be wrong.  We typically rush our animals to the vet if they just look at us funny, so I really thought I was being overly protective.  Now of course I keep double guessing myself.  What if I had taken him? Maybe he'd still be alive today.  Obviously I will never know and will have to live with that thought forever.  I also find myself wondering why, of all my cats, did it have to be him?  I love all my cats dearly, but some are much older than 9 and none have the personality of Timpy.  Any death would be difficult, but why my precious Timpy?

We will never know what really killed my best buddy, Timpy, though everything I read suggests it was probably feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.  A thickening of the heart wall that clearly isn't easily detected by the vet.  Signs of the disease include labored breathing, which would suggest I probably did see something in his behavior last Wednesday.  I just wish I hadn't talked myself out of whisking him to the vet.  If there's one mistake I will never make again, it's that.

Sorry for the long post, but I miss my Templeton more than I have ever missed anything in my life and I just really wanted to tell our story.


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macncheese

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Reply To: bart

I am so sorry for your loss.  You did not say whether your cat was an outdoor cat.  I lost a cat once (my favourite too) when he was poisoned by an angry neighbour. I was devastated but we caught this person and they were charged with killing neighbourhood pets.  Sudden death can be related to poison or also a heart condition.  You are a great cat owner and it is sad to lose any pet let alone a favourite. Try not to  blame yourself.  I remind myself that all my pets are in heaven waiting for me; it helps 

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tiggers01

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Reply To: bart

I have been constantly crying for days still today after my beautiful cat Tiggers my one and only died three days ago... i know how you feel the house is sooooo quite and i want him back more than anything, he was only around 9 months old which saddens me the most!!!

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tiggers01

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Reply To: bart

Wednesday this week Tiggers died

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mariadomenica1

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Reply To: bart

I read your story.  I could have written the same story about my Diesel.  He was 8.  He was never outdoors.  I had him to vet, he was healthy.  I thought maybe he had a thyroid or diabetes because he was always hungry.  However he was always like this. His blood work was fine.  I fed him at 8am on a Sunday morning.  Nothing was different.  He jumped on counter to eat.  He did not stay to groom himself.  That was unusual.  He went down the stairs, and 10 minutes later my son screamed ..."ma Diesel is not moving".  Then as I was running to see my son screamed out..."ma. Diesel is dead".  I tried to give him CPR.  He was gone......It has been  6 weeks.  I cannot get the scene out of my mind.  I smell him.  I am devastated.  I do have another cat.  He goes around crying.  I have a 10 year old dog too.  We are lost.  We are all sad.  My son is special needs...he is so sad.  We are changed forever.  The hole is huge......

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mariadomenica1

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I could write this story about my 8 year old cat Diesel.  It happened much the same way as your sad event.  Diesel had gotten a clean bill of health four days prior to his death...blood-work included.  He was a BIG sturdy indoor cat.  He had a normal morning. He jumped on counter to eat.  He went down the stairs.  My son heard him make a grunt. My son looked at Diesel and shouted...."Ma, Diesel is NOT moving"!  As I ran down to Diesel, my son screamed.."Ma Diesel is DEAD".  I tried to revive him...nothing.  He was gone. It has been 6 weeks yesterday.  My world has fallen apart.  There are NO answers.  I am DEVASTATED.   Please know and feel my sadness for what you are experiencing.  I have NEVER been through anything as traumatic as this.  He was such a beautiful loving cat.I am certain Templeton was too.

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mariadomenica1

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Reply To: tiggers01

I am so sorry for your loss, your pain.  I lost my Diesel 6 weeks ago.  I am DEVASTATED. We can only hope that the rainbow Bridge is where our babies will be waiting for us....I choose to believe...I have to.

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