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My cat just died and I don't know why

post #1 of 32
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I was out for about 5 hours today and I returned to find Jasper dead. He is just 5 years old. Two years ago, Jasper had problems with crystals so he had a surgery that removed all his man parts so it was not a blockage. He was fine this morning. I have another cat and I am worried that it will happen to her.

We are painting a room in our house. Yesterday we were sanding and as it is an old house, there may have been lead paint chips. Jasper did get into the room for a few minutes. He was also sitting outside on the doorstep for a few minutes this morning. We salt our doorstep in the winter. Could there have been salt left over that did this to him? He is a inside cat.

I'm so worried for Kitty. I closed the basement off where their litter box is and bought a new box and litter for her and put in my bedroom so I can keep a close eye on her. I'm taking the day off work tomorrow. I"m so scared to leave her alone.

We are going to get an autopsy tomorrow. Poor Jasper has to spend tonight in our shed until the vet's office opens tomorrow morning. I just don't understand it. He was fine this morning. Does anyone have any ideas what happened to him?
post #2 of 32
I'm sorry this happened to you so unexpectedly. It's very hard to say what may or may not have happened to him. It may not have been any of the reasons you mentioned. He may have been sick and was hiding it very well and you didn't notice - do you think he was acting funny or different at all? He may have had a heart condition that didn't present itself until today. Or he could have had a bad fall.

I think waiting for the necropsy results will help put you at ease, don't jump to conclusions. Accidents happen and there's nothing we can do about them. Spend some quality time with Kitty!
post #3 of 32
I'm so sorry for your loss. RIP Jasper

It's never easy to figure out something like this when he didn't give you any clues. I think he would have had to eat a huge amount of paint chips or salt to have much effect on him. It's more likely something that was going on without symptoms and you couldn't have done anything to prevent it. Keep an eye on your girl, but try not to panic. She needs you to be calm for her.
post #4 of 32
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Thank you for your kind words.

When I left him this morning. he was sitting up in his favorite basket in the living room. I came back to find him laying in the same basket.

It really sucks. My husband just flew across the country on a business trip for a week. I had to tell him this over the phone. I'm so glad my dad is here with me to help.

Dad noticed that the basket was wet, like he had peed himself.
post #5 of 32
So sorry about your cat.
He could have had something wrong with him and you did not know.
post #6 of 32
I agree with Goldy Cat, he would have had to eat a lot for him to get sick that quickly. It sounds like something went terribly wrong but he passed quickly and painlessly. RIP Jasper.
post #7 of 32
I am so sorry you lost your baby... That's really scary
Many hugs, RIP sweet boy
post #8 of 32
Kara Bear, I'm so sorry about Jaspar.

It's good that you are getting a necropsy done so that you'll have closure and so you won't need to worry about you're other Kitty.

We lost our 3 yo kitty in much the same way. He seemed fine and then he died suddenly and with no warning.
We also had a necropsy done because we were worried about our surviving kitty possibly "catching" whatever killed Andrei.

It turned out Andrei died of HCM, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy; cats with HCM can be asymptomatic and then die suddenly from a clot to the brain or heart.

I know how badly you must be feeling but I hope you can find comfort knowing Jaspar died suddenly and didn't suffer.
post #9 of 32
I am so sorry for your sudden loss - I hope the necropsy can ease your mind a little bit. Prayers for you and your family.
post #10 of 32
I had one cat die suddenly (I was there, she ran out from under the stove and then was very sick, I took her to the vet, they thought it might be poisoning or electrocution, but we were never sure) when I had three other cats in the house. I was very scared about the other cats getting behind the stove and dying as well, so I cleaned under the stove all night (in case it was old insecticide or insecticide-soaked food - we couldn't find any electrical problems). The other cats are fine.

Getting the necropsy is the right move in your case, but I want to re-assure you that, whatever it was (even if it was old poison or something), it is extremely unlikely that Kitty will suffer from the same problem.

I wish good health toward Kitty and calm to you.

There wasn't anything you could do to save Jasper (no matter what the necropsy shows) and you're doing everything right to protect Kitty.
post #11 of 32
Thread Starter 
Thank you everyone.
I'm still shocked. I keep on expecting to see him trotting around the house.
post #12 of 32
Sorry for your loss.
post #13 of 32
RIP Jasper.
Sorry for your loss.
post #14 of 32
Thread Starter 
Here is a picture of my big man. There never was such a laid back loving cat.
post #15 of 32
I am so sorry for your loss. there are no words that can take away your pain, I wish it were that easy. Bless you Jasper and rest in peace.
post #16 of 32
Jasper is beautiful.

The wetness is likely from Jasper's bladder emptying after death. The sphincters will relax and urine (and sometimes feces) will be released.

I hope you find some answers soon. Bless your heart.
post #17 of 32
I'm really sorry, but these things happen. Cats will survive things that we think will kill them, and then be done in by things that we think they will take in stride.

You loved him, and cared for him as best you could. St. Francis has received him. Let him go and go on.
post #18 of 32
So sorry you lost her so young. Hope you all hang in there.
post #19 of 32
((KaraBear)) I'm so sorry for your loss- he was a beautiful cat. I hope the necropsy sheds some light on what happened.
post #20 of 32
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Originally Posted by CatMom2Wires View Post

The wetness is likely from Jasper's bladder emptying after death. The sphincters will relax and urine (and sometimes feces) will be released.
I was going to say this, too. It happens with humans, as well.

How devstating this must be for you. I am so very very sorry.

What an absolutely gorgeous Jasper.

Sending lots of positive vibes for you little girl

Rest In Peace Handsome you will always be loved and missed.
post #21 of 32
I'm terribly sorry to hear about Jasper. He looked like such a handsome, soft-hearted boy.

RIP beautiful boy
post #22 of 32
wow. I'm so sorry.

All I can say is that I've seen this type of thing happen before. My friend had a dog that was fine one day, and the next day for no apparent reason was bleeding internally and died of exsanguination when they got him to the animal hospital. It just happened so fast.

I hope you get some answers and again - I'm terribly sorry to hear about this.
post #23 of 32
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Originally Posted by GoldyCat View Post
It's never easy to figure out something like this when he didn't give you any clues. I think he would have had to eat a huge amount of paint chips or salt to have much effect on him.
i also don't think either of those would've had results this quickly, even if he'd ingested enough to cause harm.

Jasper was such a handsome boy - & we all worry about our survivors when we lost one unexpectedly... i know i did for several months after losing Mouse - every little thing, i was ultra-concerned. the necropsy will most likely ease your worries about Kitty. i tend to think that it was some sort of congenital problem like HCM or possibly a stroke or something similar, since he wasn't showing any signs of ill health.

sending & for you, your DH & Kitty, plus a for Jasper.
oh, be sure to explain to Kitty what's happened - it'll help more than you think.
post #24 of 32
Oh my how sad....I am so sorry....maybe you will get some answers....
post #25 of 32
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After speaking with our vet, we have decided not to get the necropsy. They would have to send him away and we would not get him back. They would put him in a mass cremation. I want him back. My husband is away and I think we need to say goodbye together and sprinkle Jasper's ashes somewheres quiet. I think I will find greater comfort in this than knowing for sure what happened to him.

Kitty seems fine. She is drinking, eating and peeing. I'm telling myself that it was a heart condition.

He went to sleep in his favorite spot in the sun. i take comfort in that. He was home and it was peaceful. Maybe it is better that we do not know. I would feel tremendous guilt if it was because of something I did.

Kitty's litterbox is being permanently moved. It used to be in the basement which is the likely location of anything he may have gotten into. She will never go in the basement again or on our doorstep for even a minute.
post #26 of 32
He could have thrown a clot, had a bad heart, some genetic disorder, it is really hard to say. Honestly, necropsies do not always tell you what is going on with them (plus they are a bit spendy) Although it is not much comfort, he did go quick and it was more than likely painless. The elimination of the kidneys and bowel is common at death. I am sorry you lost your kitty, but chances are good it is nothing contagious and your other cat will be fine. Since I rescue high-risk cats, I have encountered this type of situation many times. Most of the time there are never answers after a necropsy, just more questions. Be kind to yourself and spend some snuggle time with your other resident cat who will soon be mourning the loss of a friend.
post #27 of 32
I'm so sorry for your loss. What a horrible shock that must have been for you. From what you describe it sounds like it may have been an internal problem like a birth defect. I doubt that you did anything that contributed to Jasper's death. You are right, it's good he was at home and in his bed. At home in my bed in a warm patch of sunshine is how I'd chose to go.

I hope you, Kitty and your husband will find just the place for Jasper's ashes and that it will put your heart at ease to spend time celebrating his life.
post #28 of 32
I am so sorry for your loss. RIP sweet beautiful jasper!
post #29 of 32
Oh no I am SO sorry for your loss
post #30 of 32
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After speaking with our vet, we have decided not to get the necropsy. They would have to send him away and we would not get him back. They would put him in a mass cremation. I want him back. My husband is away and I think we need to say goodbye together and sprinkle Jasper's ashes somewheres quiet. I think I will find greater comfort in this than knowing for sure what happened to him.
Man that seriously bites that the doctor can't do one in house... just to ease your mind that it was nothing you did and ease your mind that maybe he had something seriously wrong. At least by not doing it you'll have him back. I am so sorry for your loss. I know for me I was always expecting both of my cats to grow old and not have to worry about death until they were crusty and ancient and it was what I felt was a good time. I just lost my 3 year old furbaby this past Friday so I empathize with you, I know how much it hurts and I'm very sorry for your loss.
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