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Sudden death of cat

August 8th, 2008, 11:37 AM
Good Morning,

I realize that this will be a difficult question to answer and I will try to be as specific as possible. We had to go out of town for a family reunion. I checked to make sure the cat was not locked in a room etc. He was on our bed and seemed okay. There was some vomit on the family room floor but this was not so unusual as sometimes he would gorge himself. My step daughter came home from college the following day and the dog and cat were playing in the living room and all seemed well. We returned home this past Sunday. I went down stairs to put the luggage away and found our beloved cat dead on the laundry room floor. I found a pool of what I believe was bile(very dark green clear liquid) next to the litter box. The cat appear to have just laid down and died. His eyes and his mouth were closed. There was a light greenish liquid trail from his mouth to the floor drain. It appeared that he was eating his food but there was very little urine or feces in the litter box. There did not seem to be any sign that he thrashed or struggled. Based on the state of rigor he was in, I believe he must have passed sometime early in the morning. Jazz was twelve years old and showed no signs whatsoever of any illness. My concern is that perhaps he got into something poisonous but I cannot imagine what that would be and I do not want our dog to suffer the same fate. Any light that you can shed will help us to better deal with his death.

Thanks so much in advance.

August 8th, 2008, 12:26 PM
:sad:I am so sorry for your loss. :grouphug:

I read a bit on poisoning, and most symptoms pointed to vomitting blood not bile. Your vet could do a necropsy to ease your mind.

Again I am so sorry for your sudden loss.:candle:

August 8th, 2008, 01:34 PM
We buried him in our garden this past Tuesday so a post mortem is now out of the question. Thanks for your kind words.

August 8th, 2008, 02:33 PM
It could have been a cardiomyopathy, the heart just gives up and death is instantaneous. It is apparently not that uncommon. I friend of mine had a cat who died in the forest, not a mark on him, as if he were sleeping. This was her vet's theory anyway.
The green bile could be incidental.
How shocking for you, but it doesn't sound as if he suffered.
:rip: Jazz really sorry

Pit Bull Love
August 8th, 2008, 04:49 PM
:sad: Oh no. I'm so sorry. :sad:

August 9th, 2008, 06:30 PM
Thanks for the kind words. I also suspected that it was probably his heart. It gives us comfort to know that he went fast.

Thanks again.

Bill and Nancy

August 10th, 2008, 05:59 PM
Thats how my Orca died as well...the vet said it was his heart..had a pool of bile near his was a shock since he seemed find hours before. I'm sorry you lost your little one. RIP

August 11th, 2008, 12:50 AM
I'm sorry for your loss :sad: :grouphug:

:rip: sweet :angel2: run free @ the Rainbow Bridge ( :candle: