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post #1 of 20
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Earlier today, my father called me from Maryland, (my family is on vacation), and said our family friend that is checking on our two cats had called him. She found my cat, Smokey, who is only about 7 years old dead. She said he looked peaceful, was laying on his favorite chair, looked to be sleeping, but found otherwise. He was seemingly very healthy, active, only about 5 pounds overweight, and such a little loverboy..He didn't act ill or like anything was wrong at all. We are thinking about having him examined, a pet autopsy, but does anyone know anything about this at all? Anyone ever have this happen to them? Thanks!
post #2 of 20
OMG, I am so sorry!
I've never had an autopsy performed on any of my pets, but in this case I think I would consider it. If you don't have one done, you'll probably always wonder what happened to Smokey.
I'm so very, very sorry.
post #3 of 20
I would consider it. It sounds like maybe a heart attack or clot. If you want piece of mind, do the autopsy. I'm so sorry for your loss...
post #4 of 20
It's probably an heart attack.

An autopsy is essential. There is nothing like closure when a pet suddenly dies like that
post #5 of 20
oh hon!! I am so very very very sorry. What a complete tragic shock for you but you seem very strong and kindhearted. If you can afford it, an autopsy will provie you closure. Boys have heart attacks at twice the rate of the girls. Did you know his parents or mama cat? ((((Hugs to you)))).
post #6 of 20
I once had a message from my cat sitter that one of my cats had died, so I know what a shock it is. I am so sorry and I agree that you need to know what happened. I never did it for my Sammy and years later I wonder why a healthy five year old should suddenly have been found dead. My sympathies to you.
post #7 of 20
Hi,

I suggest you have a pet autopsy done. Not that you have to suspect that your pet sitter did anything wrong, but simply to reassure you, because for the rest of your life, this troubling question will remain unanswered and will torment you. I believe a pet autopsy is a bit expensive, but to be tormented about something is more damaging to the soul than an autopsy to your wallet.

I hope that indeed, nothing wrong was done to you little friend.

Nathalie
post #8 of 20
Oh no! I am so sorry!!!!!
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by strwberri
Earlier today, my father called me from Maryland, (my family is on vacation), and said our family friend that is checking on our two cats had called him. She found my cat, Smokey, who is only about 7 years old dead. She said he looked peaceful, was laying on his favorite chair, looked to be sleeping, but found otherwise. He was seemingly very healthy, active, only about 5 pounds overweight, and such a little loverboy..He didn't act ill or like anything was wrong at all. We are thinking about having him examined, a pet autopsy, but does anyone know anything about this at all? Anyone ever have this happen to them? Thanks!
ok, this is freaky. a few weeks ago, my 7 year old cat died peacfully, and he was overweight too. you're just like me!!!! i know EXACTLY how you feel!!! we took him to the vet and they said they couldn't do an autopsy, but it was most likly a heart attack

did he go to the bathroom when he died? cuz if he did, it was all most definetly a heart-attack

if you need to talk, pm me. i know what this is like; i know everything you're going thru
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by Catz_Rule
ok, this is freaky. a few weeks ago, my 7 year old cat died peacfully, and he was overweight too. you're just like me!!!! i know EXACTLY how you feel!!! we took him to the vet and they said they couldn't do an autopsy, but it was most likly a heart attack

did he go to the bathroom when he died? cuz if he did, it was all most definetly a heart-attack

if you need to talk, pm me. i know what this is like; i know everything you're going thru

Thank you! I tried to PM you, but it wouldn't go through...
post #11 of 20
I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty, If it were me I would do the autopsy I couldn't stand to not know.
post #12 of 20
I'm really sorry about your kitty. It's aways so hard to deal with when one of your babies dies. I would get an autopsy if you can afford it, but it does sound like a heart attack.

If your up for a similar story- About a year ago something similar happened to my mom. She had a 1 year old cat that she had adopted from the humane Society. One morning she was laying in bed and Elliot was in there playing on the bed- knocking one of his toys on the floor and picking it up, bringing it back on the bed and knocking it back down again. The last time he jumped off the bed, he didn't jump back up, and it was like he was dead instantly. His bowels released a minute later. My poor mom. The vet said it was most likely a heart defect he had, especially because he was so young.

Again, I'm so sorry. You'll be in my thoughts.
post #13 of 20
Oh gosh! That is TERRIBLE! I AM SO VERY SORRY! My heart goes out to you(and the others who have had this happen...)
post #14 of 20
I am so so sorry to hear your news You must be devastated

Do the autopsy, it might give you some closure. You are in my thoughts
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by strwberri
Thank you! I tried to PM you, but it wouldn't go through...
oh...you wanna try again? maybe the forums were just messed up at that time
post #16 of 20
(((hugs)))) I suspect cardiomyophthy for a sudden death. By any chance did this cat have oriental/siamese in the backgroud? Or maine coon - those breeds have more of a tendency for cardio. then other breeds.
post #17 of 20
we lost our lg suddenly like that too. very hard. HUGS for you
post #18 of 20
I am so sorry for your loss. I hope you get closure
post #19 of 20
I'm so sorry to hear about Smokey.

I would do the autopsy for closure. Oooo..this is just sad.
post #20 of 20
That's terrible. Did your cat go outside? I remember some years ago, my uncle's cat, who liked to stroll around the neighbourhood backyards, appeared dead all of a sudden, then they found out it was because of rat poison from one of the neighbours' yards
Some people actually go around poisonning cats on purpose... They kind of suspected that maybe their neighbour didn't like the cat leaving droppings on his property, but they couldn't be sure.

Is heart failure common in cats? All the cats I can recall died of old age, poisonning, cancer or road accidents.
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