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post #1 of 21
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Hello everyone. New to the site (just found you). Wish I had found this sooner! Our beloved 10 yr old cat passed away this morning. Right before my eyes..(and the eyes of my 7 yr old daughter). Needless to say; we are devastated. Over the weekend, she had been "breathing hard", you could tell she was stuggling at times. We also noticed some small spots of blood on the bed where she sleeps (I think she was bleeding from her rear end, it wasnt on her paws or from nose or mouth) She seemed lethargic and uninterested in eating.(I was going to call the vet first thing this morning) So she was laying by my feet and started gasping for air and within 30 seconds of that starting, she passed. She was an indoor cat. I am looking for any ideas or possible reasons. I'm not all that educated in feline diseases. I did speak with the vet today and was told a necropsy would be about $500.00 with tests and everything. Unfortunately I'm not in a position to pay that right now. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Husband and I are baffled. Thanks in advance. Sorry this is so long.
post #2 of 21
Oh my, I am so very sorry for your loss. And I am sorry your little girl was witness to what happened. How long had the cat been lethargic and not eating. There are a lot of things that can develop in an older cat? One that comes to my mind having so recently lost a cat to it is renal failure. That involves panting and difficult breathing.
The thing with cats is they can really have problems and we might not ever notice because they are so good at hiding their symptoms. When was the last time the cat was checked out by the vet?
I am so sorry.
post #3 of 21
Sorry for your loss. I know all to well about sudden loss of cat. I lost my Ginger a few weeks ago. I'd have to wonder if anybody in the building has poisoned mice. Urban Hawks fall for these poisoned mice and rats all too often. Cats would fall victom as well if they were to eat the mouse.
post #4 of 21
I can't advise you on what happened, but my heart goes out to you and your family for your loss. I'm so sorry.
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thank you so much for your kind words Bugaboo and Sailfish. I am sorry for your losses as well. This is so hard! I feel so guilty now because I almost feel like we took her "for granted". Sounds silly I know. It's been a few years since she's seen the vet. (I'm sure it's been way too long and now it's too late) She seemed in perfect health to us. Would eat and play and chase imaginary things that only cats see. Bugaboo, she'd been not eating and lethargic all weekend (but seemed herself until then). It seemed so fast too. I guess I thought 10 years was still young. Did your cat pass of renal failure? Did you get an necropsy? Thank you.
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thank you Rockcat. This website is now my new "favorite place".
post #7 of 21
So sorry to hear of your loss.
post #8 of 21
I'm so sorry for your loss. I wish we were welcoming you to the site under happier circumstances; you will find loads of love and support here in your difficult time. It will be so lovely if you stay around to enjoy happier times too.

If you need any help please feel free to PM me at any time and I'll do my best to help you around the site.
post #9 of 21
I'm so very sorry you lost your precious kitty.
post #10 of 21
The poor baby RIP little one
post #11 of 21
I'm so sorry for your loss!

I lost a cat to what my vet suspects was undiagnosed heart disease. One minute he was playing with his toy, the next minute he was on his side in front of me wailing. He died right in front of us. My husband even tried mouth to mouth without luck. He was only 10 years old also.

Please don't blame yourself. Cats are masters at hiding illness. You know now that when your kitties aren't acting right, you must act on it quickly and bring them to the vet asap. I work in an animal hospital and many, many people don't realize this. We have a kitty in the hospital that went way to long with a urinary blockage. His owners simply did not understand his symptoms until it was too late. Now we don't know if he will make it.

Cherish the 10 wonderful years you had with with your cat. 10 years may seem to short but compared to many cats out there, yours lived a blessed life. Take care.
post #12 of 21
I am so sorry for your loss. I agree with you that $500 is too much to spend to answer an unanswerable question.

I am sorry for your loss, and that of your daughter. I have kids, too, and have lost several cats and kittens over the past year. (I foster kittens.) While it is very painful for the children, they do understand. Maybe you can read your daughter the link at the top of this board, about the Rainbow Bridge. It is a big comfort to think of the lost animal at peace, and out of pain.
post #13 of 21
Condolences to you and your daughter on this tragic loss! The situation does sound like a mystery - could some kind of poisoning be possible, perhaps a cleaning solution or a toxic plant? Maybe, if she went outside, Snarol might have been ingested. So many unanswered questions and the only point in wondering now is to prevent it from happening again, when/if you adopt another cat into your home. Please give your little girl a big hug for me - when I was 5, my kitten walked across the garage floor, where some Snarol powder had spilled, and even though it was swept up, she licked enough off her paws to cause similar symptoms. She died on my lap as my mom was rushing us to the vet. I can still vividly remember my burning tears, crying so hard that I couldn't get my breath, my throat feeling swollen shut, my breaking heart, throwing up the next day before school....it's years now, and I fondly remember my pretty little kitten, Tammy, and how she'd try to get my brother's fish, and swat at the TV.....yes, treasure those memories, for your beloved is a peace now, over RB, happily playing till that special day that she comes bounding to meet you! Hugs, Susan
post #14 of 21
I am so sorry for your loss of your precious girl, and I am so sorry that I can not offer any opinions on what could have occured.

Please do not feel guilty or feel like you took her for granted... she knows your love, and I have no doubt in my mind that she is now your precious angel above and is watching over you until the day you meet again....

Play happily sweet angel
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by saddayforus
Hello everyone. New to the site (just found you). Wish I had found this sooner! Our beloved 10 yr old cat passed away this morning. Right before my eyes..(and the eyes of my 7 yr old daughter). Needless to say; we are devastated. Over the weekend, she had been "breathing hard", you could tell she was stuggling at times. We also noticed some small spots of blood on the bed where she sleeps (I think she was bleeding from her rear end, it wasnt on her paws or from nose or mouth) She seemed lethargic and uninterested in eating.(I was going to call the vet first thing this morning) So she was laying by my feet and started gasping for air and within 30 seconds of that starting, she passed. She was an indoor cat. I am looking for any ideas or possible reasons. I'm not all that educated in feline diseases. I did speak with the vet today and was told a necropsy would be about $500.00 with tests and everything. Unfortunately I'm not in a position to pay that right now. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Husband and I are baffled. Thanks in advance. Sorry this is so long.
Two months ago I had to make a devestation decision to euthanize my beautiful cat of 14 years, Wolfie, due to acute renal failure. The loss was terrible. Two years earlier during a dental cleaning, my Vet diagnosed him in the early stages of kidney and heart disease. Aside from changing his diet, there was little more I could really do to stop its progression. I'm convinced my love kept him alive and happy for his remaining two years. What I'm trying to say is that all the money and medical treatment Wolfie received couldn't change the outcome. I wouldn't go through a costly and emotionally painful procedure to find the cause. Be happy that you and your family provided a loving, protective home to your feline friend. Best wishes.
post #16 of 21
i just read your post and i am crying, i'm so sorry for your loss, i haven't a clue about what might have happen to your precious, but i want you to know i feel your loss, and i offer hugs, and hugs for the days ahead! thoughts and prayers from texas, going to you all now!
post #17 of 21
I am so sorry - most of us here have been through similar experiences of losing our loved companions and we feel your loss. I hope that one day soon you will be able to put this sad time aside and remember only 10 years of joy.
post #18 of 21
I am so sorry for your loss.
RIP sweet little angel.
post #19 of 21
I am so sorry to hear about your baby! My thoughts are with you!!
post #20 of 21
so sorry for your loss! Hugs! RIP sweet kitty
post #21 of 21
I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet girl. With time, you'll remember the happy times more than this sad moment of loss. You took good care of her and gave her a good life for ten years and that is what counts now.
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