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post #1 of 15
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Just found this website after looking for some answers as to why my baby died. Oscar was only 2 when he died on Friday during what was supposed to be a routine operation to fix his dodgy knees. Oscar had been under anaesthetic twice before but for some reason this third time my baby's heart stopped and he couldn't be revived. Myself and my partner are devastated and his sister Cleo is upset too wondering why her brother hasn't come home. We feel very guilty aswell as we took him to the vet telling him that he was going there to get better. One of my friends said that we might have a case for negligence as he had no other health problems that we knew of. I just can't believe my wee tiger isn't coming home and keep stupidly thinking that he's going to trot in through the back door sometime, but I know deep down he won't. Has anyone else ever heard of a cat dying from anaesthetic? I just feel I need some closure on this whole thing and can't seem to understand how such a young healthy cat could die so suddenly and so tragically.
post #2 of 15
I am ss about ur lost...I know it can be hurtful.....is it possible to be\
ing him to another vet and get him checked out or did you already barried him?
post #3 of 15
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Unfortunately we left him with the vet to be cremated. The vet said the nurse was checking him every five minutes but my friend reckons that animals should be constantly monitored after undergoing anaesthetic to check for abnormal breathing etc. I know persuing it isn't going to bring my baby back but I just feel so guiltand sad. He was one of my best friends and just can't imagine my life without him.
post #4 of 15
I'm very sorry for your loss. I have heard of other cats dying while under anesthetic and I think we all have the fear that soemthing is going to happen when our babies go in. It is very possible your cat had an underlying condition that you and your vet were not aware of. I understand your feelings of guilt, but please try to remember that at the time, you were doing what you thought was best for Oscar. My thouhgts are with you.
post #5 of 15
I am so sorry to hear about your sweet baby!
Do you know if they used the same kind of anaesthetia as the last few times or did they use a different one?

Sending many to you at this sad time
RIP sweet Oscar
post #6 of 15
I am very sorry for your loss. What a terrible shame. Maybe you could see if you could sit down and talk to the vet for a few minutes, to get more info on what may have happened.

Otherwise, your feelings are very normal. We all question what happened when we lose a beloved pet. We start to feel a little better, then are devastated again when we expect them to walk into the room. If you read through some of the other posts here, you will see that there are many here who have lost seemingly healthy cats. It is a tragedy, and very painful. But Oscar is over the rainbow bridge now, and feeling fine. Rest in peace, little tiger!
post #7 of 15
I have also heard of this. All I can do is to offer my love and sympathy. I know it's hard, just like losing a child.

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Originally Posted by AbbysMom
I'm very sorry for your loss. I have heard of other cats dying while under anesthetic and I think we all have the fear that soemthing is going to happen when our babies go in. It is very possible your cat had an underlying condition that you and your vet were not aware of. I understand your feelings of guilt, but please try to remember that at the time, you were doing what you thought was best for Oscar. My thouhgts are with you.
post #8 of 15
Condolences on your tragic loss of Oscar!! Sadly, the same thing happened to another TCS member, Dreamharp, whose post is titled "Kitten dies during spay surgery". It cut my heart, when you recalled telling Oscar that he was going to bet better from going to the vet! Oscar is on the other side of RB now, and his knees don't hurt anymore, he's happily enjoying his reward with all the rest of our TCS cats, and someday, he will come running to greet Cleo, and then you, as you cross RB. Please take care of yourself & your family, including Cleo. The loss a tiger from the home leaves a huge crater in every heart. Sometimes I envy the ancient Egyptians, who would shave their eyebrows to signal the loss of a cat, and the entire community would let that family share their grief. Hugs, Susan
post #9 of 15
I'm so sorry you lost your boy Losing a pet under such circumstances is very tragic. I wish there was something I could say or do to make you feel better. Hang in there and just know Oscar knew you loved him
post #10 of 15
Anaesthetic is always a risk in cats, just as it is for humans during surgery. My Persil had major surgery for a ruptured diaphragm in January and the vet would not spay her for three months after that so that she built up enough strength for the anaesthetic. Fortunately she came out of both ops OK. But I am so sorry for your loss of Oscar - I had a Oscar once, he was a sweetie.
post #11 of 15
I'm so, so sorry for your sudden loss

Do what MA(Hissy) does in situations like this by sitting with Cleo and telling her what happend to her little brother, and how he's now free from any suffering over the bridge.

RIP sweet Oscar
post #12 of 15
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Myself and my partner would just like to thank you all for your kind words and your sympathy, it really means a lot to us. Each day gets a little easier without our baby and I am now starting to think happy thoughts of him playing across rainbow bridge and in no more pain. We look forward to the day when we'll see him again. I'll post some photos of my little tiger soon and of his gorgeous sister Cleo.
Thank you again.
post #13 of 15
So sorry for your loss
post #14 of 15
I am so sorry for your loss, sometimes it is harder to accept death when it is soo unexpected. these things do happen sometimes, with or without a logical reason. everytime a cat goes under, it is never known what will happen.
post #15 of 15
I am so sorry for your lose!! Did you do bloodwork before the surgery? I am a vet tech, and this sort of thing has happened before. Maybe he had some problems you were not aware of...RIP Oscar!!!
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