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4 y.o. kitty died suddenly this afternoon

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  • 4 y.o. kitty died suddenly this afternoon

    he was sleeping and purring in my bed this morning.

    I came home from work this aft and thought he was curled up, sleeping on the sofa
    when I sat besides him and touched him .... OMG
    he was perfectly healthy this morning
    I don't know what happened
    my only comfort is that he died safe and warm and looking peaceful

    he was one of a litter that was born outside to a feral/homeless kitty that I was feeding.
    over the course of a year or two I caught and TNRd them all
    some decided that life inside was good

    he was the sweetest, nicest cat with big bright green glowing eyes. he made friends with every other cat and they all loved him

    I can't stop crying

  • #2
    Aw, I'm really sorry about your kitty, I imagine that was quite a shock.


    • Original Poster


      he was indoor/outdoor cat until 6 mo ago when he came in injured. he got better over a couple weeks. and I did not let him outside again
      at the time, vet thought it might be saddle thrombosis and that even though he was healing, it may still be fatal.

      It may well be blood clot from that, that went to his heart today, 6 mo later, killing him in seconds.

      I hope that death was quick and painless, and that I gave him the best life possible - he regularly woke me up at 5 a.m. walking all over me in bed, purring loudly before curling up besides me to sleep

      also hope that I wake up and find this to be a terrible dream, but I know it is not


      • #4
        That’s so sad Big hugs to you. So sorry for your loss.


        • #5
          I am so sorry for your loss. FWIW, I can tell you that often the first sign of heart disease in a cat is sudden death. And it commonly claims them at a young age.


          • #6
            So very sorry for your loss. There are no words, just hugs! I lost a 4 year old dog last week, totally unexpectedly so I understand.

            Last edited by cutter99; May. 9, 2019, 08:29 PM.
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            • #7
              I'm so sorry. What a shock to lose one so suddenly and so young.

              I lost a TNR kitty to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. She was fine, and then she was dead. I was in the barn when it happened and it was very quick. HCM is a frequent diagnosis when young cats die suddenly, and there's very little warning or treatment.



              • #8
                What a shock. I'm so sorry for the loss of your kitty. At least he apparently went peacefully.
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                • #9
                  Yikes! So sorry.


                  • #10
                    previous saddle thrombus and then sudden death says cardiomyopathy

                    I am sorry for your sudden loss and yes, it can be lightning fast with rarely a warning.

                    Like you say curled up content in a loving home.

                    -- * > hoopoe
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                    • #11
                      I'm sorry. He got a lot of love and attention in the time you had him.


                      • #12
                        I'm so sorry for your loss. (((Hugs)))


                        • #13
                          My Ragdoll died unexpectedly in his sleep at age 5 and the vet said it was likely HCM. As others have said, there are rarely any signs beforehand.

                          So sorry for your loss.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by JenJ View Post
                            I came home from work this aft and thought he was curled up, sleeping on the sofa
                            It was sudden and it was fast and he was content....^^^ His was a "good death"..... so so sorry.....


                            • #15
                              Sorry for your painful loss.


                              • #16
                                So sorry for your loss!

                                Similar thing happened to a friend of my sister. She came home from work and her young cat was dead in the hallway, frozen in mid-step. Vet said prob HCM and the cat was gone instantly.


                                • Original Poster

                                  thank you all
                                  it has been a tough couple days
                                  i buried him yesterday

                                  homeless/feral kitties seem to find their way to my doorstep
                                  This morning i have seen two - very unusual as I rarely put food outside anymore bc I attract raccoons and opossums to my front porch.

                                  it is as if the kitties sense there may be a vacancy in the house and if they hang around, they may be the next ones I trap and adopt.

                                  I now have "only" 6 inside my little bungalow


                                  • #18
                                    so very sorry for you. You gave him the best life possible for as long as possible.

                                    I used to swear there was a " wild animals welcome" sign at my place. but I never could find it.
                                    "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin


                                    • #19
                                      So sorry, lots of hugs. Same thing happened to my sister's four year old cat (I own his brother), a few weeks back. She said he was fine in the AM, but her hubby came home and he was gone.

                                      Jingles. Vets said it was likely HCM for Winston. She did not opt for a necropsy, but took her other cat to the vet to make sure it wasn't anything like poison.

                                      Major (((hugs)))
                                      AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012


                                      • #20
                                        Aww I am so very sorry