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Cat died 2 weeks after vet said he was OK

post #1 of 17
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Hello, my username is in honor of Sammy, a cat I had who was a great friend and passed away too soon. He would have been 12 years old this month; what happened 3 weeks ago was he was going about his normal day, slept with me on the bed the night before and woke me up asking for food, then he was sitting in one of his favorite spots in the living room when suddenly I saw him hyperventalating, when I ran over to him he suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing. I called the vet I took him too and they told me to bring him over, but he was already gone when we got there.

I know nothing I do will bring him back, but I'm rather upset that this happened when less than 2 weeks ago, he had a routine check-up and I was told everything was pretty much OK, and he had been acting normal up to when he died. (At his last appointment I even picked up a brochure outlining common signs of cat sickness; I reviewed it after he died and he showed none of the signs listed.) The year before they detected kidney disease, which scared me but feeding him prescription food seemed to help; after he had been eating that for a while the vet said his kidney levels had improved (I don't know much of the scientific parts, so I just have to go by what they said.) They had also said he was obese, and I started measuring his food intake and he had started to lose some weight. There were no other health problems that I know about, and he acted very happy, affectionate and playful. The vet said it might have been a heart attack, or he might have ingested something he shouldn't have (he was an indoor cat, and I searched afterwards for anything hazardous he might have gotten into and could find none; he wasn't one to randomly eat strange things). I can't help but wonder what might have happened, so if anyone here has any ideas please share them.

Sammy was a very important part of my life, and I'll always be sad how he left so suddenly and unexpectedly, but yesterday I brought home two new kittens who desperately needed a good home, and I'll be watching this board for tips on how to raise them properly. This is my first time having two cats at once, so there's a few new things I'll have to learn and it should be fun.
post #2 of 17
What a very sad time for you. Im really sorry this must be so very difficult.

It is very possible that he may have had a heart attack. You may want to ask the same question in Health & Nutrition. Its very painful for some to read the threads in this section, so there you may be able to get some more answers.

Again I am very sorry. Rest In Peace Sammy
post #3 of 17
I am very sorry for your loss.
RIP Sammy.
post #4 of 17
RIP Sammy. I am so sorry for your sudden loss, and have no answers as to what happend. How wonderful of you to open you heart and home to 2 new additions who needed some help.
post #5 of 17
The poor baby, i'm so sorry for your loss.

Know that Sammy is across Rainbow Bridge now where he was met by all the other TCS kitties to take him to see his new home

We look forward to seeing the 2 precious angels you've opened up your aching heart to, but i'm sure they'll help mend it

post #6 of 17
I'm so sorry for your sudden loss of Sammy.
post #7 of 17
I'm sorry to hear about your beloved Sammy.
post #8 of 17
So sorry for your loss.

RIP Sammy.
post #9 of 17
Bless your heart, I'm so sorry to hear about Sammy.
post #10 of 17
I'm so very sorry for your loss.
Rest In Peace, Sammy.
post #11 of 17
I am so sorry for your loss.

RIP Sammy
post #12 of 17
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Thanks everyone, what a nice group! I am still a bit curious as to what exactly caused this (mainly because I'm wondering if the vet really checked him out thoroughly before; they do seem to be very good otherwise and I've had them check out my 2 new kitties) so may have to post this in the Health section like you suggested.

In Sammy's honor I put up some video on YouTube that I shot of him when he was a little less than a year old, you can see it at and read a few notes about him. If you look under "More from this User" you can also see some old footage of him playing with my former roommate's dog, oddly I uploaded that just a couple weeks before he died. (The rest of my stuff on YouTube is old TV commercials and junk like that, which shows what a complete geek I am!) My roommate actually adopted Sammy as a playmate for her dog, but he was so rambunctious she got discouraged with him while he quickly claimed me as his human since I understood his behavior so much better. I haven't seen her for a few years and I tried to track her down to tell her about Sammy, but I can't find a current phone number for her.

I've spent the last 2 days with my new kitties and they seem to be getting on great, I'll try to put some pictures of them up soon! I have a few things to learn about taking care of two so hopefully I'll find some good advice here. Thanks again for the kind words, everyone.
post #13 of 17
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Let's see if this picture works:

Yay- it does! I've got a few more pictures of him but have to get them on this computer first. This one's from a lo-res webcam so it doesn't really do him justice, but here he is.
post #14 of 17
I am so sorry about Sammy He was a beautiful kitty.

I had a similar thing happen with one of my kitties about 10 years ago. She was fine and apparently healthy and she all of a sudden went into convulsions and died. Never did find the reason though, couldn't afford a necropsy.

I'm sure your vet did a good job. A basic exam doesn't cover everything, it could have been something that needed other tests to find.

RIP sweet Sammie
post #15 of 17
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My friend has a gray cat named Stormcloud, but I call her Stormy
post #16 of 17
What a gorgeous boy heaven has opened it's gate to
post #17 of 17
More condolences on your sudden loss of Sammy Such a sudden death does seem to suggest heart attack or stroke. Sometimes these things can't be predicted: I've lost an 18 year old nephew to a stranger-involved shooting; a brother killed by a drunk driver running a red light and an ex-husband in a mining accident - so I guess that Death sometimes happens suddenly. It is just such a shock when it does
Anyway, I'm glad that you have two wonderful new babies to help fill that "Sammy-sized" hole in your heart.
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