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My cat died unexpectidly.

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
My cat called "Mikey" died last night at the vets. He suffered from a car accident, a leg amputation, dehydration and temperature problems which have probably caused the unexpected death.

The vets are looking into his death because he was put on a drip last night to hydrate him. He's got a twin which I'm sure will miss him.

Do you think that he will go out and hunt for him?

I love him very much.
post #2 of 24
Aw, poor Mikey! Can you keep his twin inside so he won't go searching? I am sorry you lost your cat, it sounds like he went through a lot!
post #3 of 24
Aww so sorry to hear about your loss Poor little mikey
post #4 of 24
I am very sorry for your loss. I don't know if the twin will go searching for Mikey or not, but I do believe he will notice his absence and will be lonely for a while. Please give him a hug from me.
post #5 of 24
Yes, cats intuitively know when their littermates have died, though they can't understand death. Look for him to become despondent, to search for his friend, he may stop eating, or his behavior may change radically. Take him in your lap and make eye contact with him, blink slowly throughout the conversation, but talk to him and tell him what happened. Your cat Mikey just couldn't handle the trauma of what happened to him. I pray you keep your cats indoor and safe from now on, or look into building an outside enclosure. Last year the road outside claimed three of my cats- I know well the grief you are experincing, as well as the guilt.
post #6 of 24
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Originally Posted by hissy
Yes, cats intuitively know when their littermates have died, though they can't understand death. Look for him to become despondent, to search for his friend, he may stop eating, or his behavior may change radically. Take him in your lap and make eye contact with him, blink slowly throughout the conversation, but talk to him and tell him what happened. Your cat Mikey just couldn't handle the trauma of what happened to him. I pray you keep your cats indoor and safe from now on, or look into building an outside enclosure. Last year the road outside claimed three of my cats- I know well the grief you are experincing, as well as the guilt.

I do agree with you hissy!!!! and i'm very sorry to hear about 'mikey' you may find that he died from delayed shock. All you have to remember is how wonderful he was and don't blame yourself cars and cats don't mix well but you can't tell a cat not to cross a road.
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post #7 of 24
I'm so sorry for your loss
I so know the feeling, a couple of years ago, we had a Bombay named Jake, one day he just let out a yowl and collapsed on the floor, we took him to the vet and they said he had a blood clot at the fork of his legs, he still had some circulation in his legs, he would pull himself along by his front paws, a couple of days later we noticed one of his legs was really cold, so we took him back to the vet, they said he had lost the circulation in it, they gave us the option of amputating or uthanizing, we chose amputation.
He did really well at the vets and at home, his wound was healing well, about a week and a half after he came home we noticed the other was cold, this time the vet said it would be too cruel to amputate the other leg. It was the hardest thing we ever had to do, we bawled for a long time, still do when we think of him. He had the most wonderful personality, love to talk and be hugged, he has a twin brother (sunShadow), while Jake was sick sunShadow never left his side, it was amazing, they were actually talking to each other. When Jake died, sunShadow would let out these long mournful sounds, it was so heart wrenching to hear, he did this for about a month. Our other two cats at the time didn't really do much, the odd time they looked like they were searching for something and meowing. But being his twin, it hit sunShadow the most. The interesting thing is that before he wasn't as cuddly as Jake, however after he just can't get enough of us, everyday when I'm sitting in my lounge chair, he comes and curls up on me.

I have to agree with hissy about keeping cats indoor, When jake and sunShadow were about 1 1/2 years old, sunShadow used to love going outside (Jake didn't), one night we heard a meow at the bedroom window, we always left it open so they could come in and out, we looked out and saw him (sunShadow) at the base, he wouldn't jump up like usual, when we brought him in we noticed he was limping a little, but otherwise unscratched, this was on a saturday morming aroung 2a.m.. Seeing as there wasn't anything visible, other than a small limp, he seemed okay otherwise, we decided to keep an eye on him until monday morning when the vet was open. Monday comes along and he wasn't improving any so we took him to the vets, they told us that he apparently had been hit by a vehicle because of the way his claws were broken, they did an x-ray and discovered that he had a cracked pelvic bone and was bleeding internally, he had a very severe infection due to it, we, of course felt like the worst parents in the world for not taking him immediately, he spent a week in the hospital and $1200 later, we decided that they would no longer go outside. There are so many crazy drivers out there, and being a black cat, it's hard to see him.

Please except my condolences to you and mikey's twin and hugs to you both
post #8 of 24
I'm so sorry to hear about Mikey. You definitely did all you could do. Sending healing thoughts & vibes your way...hoping your pain will heal.
post #9 of 24
Condolences on your loss of Mikey...and yes, I'd keep that twin inside, so he doesn't go off searching. Mikey's ordeal is over now, and he is at peace, happy on the other side of RB. Maybe he saw a little people angel (perhaps one of the children murdered w/their mom & BF in AZ) and followed her over the Bridge...
post #10 of 24
I am sorry to hear about Mikey. He has been through so much and you did all that was possible for him.
RIP Mikey
post #11 of 24
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.
post #12 of 24
I am so sorry! Sending hugs and prayers!
post #13 of 24
I'm very very sorry for the loss of your babe. I don't know that Mikey's twin will search for him. But, I had 3 littermates, and when one was killed last summer the other two did seem lethargic and occasionally i found them sniffing around the house seemingly trying to find him. So maybe he will. I hope you and the twin recover from this sad loss of life.

Light a candle for your pet. I will light one in my house in Mikey's honor tonight just for you.
post #14 of 24
sweet brave Mikey - what a sad way to leave this earth - thankfully he is now at the bridge in perfect health watching down on you

Treasure his twin and hold him close

RIP Mikey
post #15 of 24
RIP Mikey.
post #16 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thank you very much for all your kind thoughts. They are appreciated!
post #17 of 24
Sad licks and sorry headbuts from KittenKiya's clan. Nothing hurts more than the loss of a loved one.
post #18 of 24
I am so sorry for your loss and don't know what to say I just lost my cat Tinker yesterday 7/5/2005. And still trying to stop crying. I have told myself this that since we did find out she had cancer but not until she died .. I know that now she is in a place where there is no more pain for her. It does hurt so bad to not have her by my side I feel like a part of me is gone. I must now try though because I have a second Cat he is loved just like her that is missing her right now. He looked for her under the coffee table and under a blanket she used to climb in. She loved hiding. Anyway I feel that you babies do feel grief and they will try to find their partner in the household. I am stopping now because I just don't know what to say I am still trying to figure everything myself. It has helped being around friends I truly trust but still can't quite go back to work yet.
post #19 of 24
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post #20 of 24
maybe you could start a thread for tinker so that we can all honour her

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Originally Posted by Lisa2994
I am so sorry for your loss and don't know what to say I just lost my cat Tinker yesterday 7/5/2005. And still trying to stop crying. I have told myself this that since we did find out she had cancer but not until she died .. I know that now she is in a place where there is no more pain for her. It does hurt so bad to not have her by my side I feel like a part of me is gone. I must now try though because I have a second Cat he is loved just like her that is missing her right now. He looked for her under the coffee table and under a blanket she used to climb in. She loved hiding. Anyway I feel that you babies do feel grief and they will try to find their partner in the household. I am stopping now because I just don't know what to say I am still trying to figure everything myself. It has helped being around friends I truly trust but still can't quite go back to work yet.
post #21 of 24
I feel so sorry for both of you! All my cats are strictly indoors, but I can well imagine the grief of losing one to a car. One of my "original" kitties died of kidney cancer -- he hid his symptoms until it was too late to do anything but make sure he didn't suffer anymore.
It's so hard to lose the furry members of our families! My heart goes out to both of you.
post #22 of 24
sorry for your loss.
post #23 of 24
I am going to swim upstream here and say that yes cats do understand death and if it is possible you should let Mikey's litter mate see and smell Mikey's body. He will greive but will not go hunting for him and will recover from the loss more quickly I believe. The decision however is yours to make though I believe it would be the way to go. I don't think the vets office is the place to do it and if possible do it before the necropsy. This is onlu my opinion and I am not a professional but it has been the way In have dealt with it whenever possible...I am sorry for your loss and hope this may help you. If you have a place to bury him bring him home and do it. It will help all of you to deal with it. Howard.
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by BigKittenDaddy
I am going to swim upstream here and say that yes cats do understand death and if it is possible you should let Mikey's litter mate see and smell Mikey's body. He will greive but will not go hunting for him and will recover from the loss more quickly I believe. The decision however is yours to make though I believe it would be the way to go. I don't think the vets office is the place to do it and if possible do it before the necropsy. This is onlu my opinion and I am not a professional but it has been the way In have dealt with it whenever possible...I am sorry for your loss and hope this may help you. If you have a place to bury him bring him home and do it. It will help all of you to deal with it. Howard.

What a beautiful thing to offer. I couldn't agree more, although some would raise an eyebrow, it's a very personal choice. But first and foremost, I am so so so very sorry for your unexpected loss. It must be a huge hole in your heart. You are a caring, compassionate, wonderful owner to even think about ways to alleviate your other one's pain and sense of loss. Be good to yourself, your own spirit, too. Mikey will be there, just over your shoulder, whether you know it or not.

Love,
Elizabeth
(RIP Freddie 11/9/03 and SiSi, never forgotten 2003 )
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