| Big pure-bred Maine Coon, indoor cat, maybe 20 lbs, not yet
| 7 years old. I found him collapsed and making a ***
| noise, checked his mouth for obstructions, and rushed him to
| the vet, but he was dead by the time I got there.
I'm so sorry to hear about your cat... that's terrible!
| The vet said it was likely due to cardiac problems - WTF?
| The cat was big, but not overweight - we kept him and his
| sister on Hills Science Diet Light and he never showed any
| signs of ill health prior to the attack that killed him. In
| fact, he was happily chasing her around a few hours prior.
Unfortunately overweight has nothing to do with heart problems. It is just something with
the larger breed cats.
| Are cardiac problems specific to the Maine Coon breed? We
| spent $1000 on these two kittens from a recommended Maine
| Coon breeder 6 years ago specifically to avoid health
| problems. Is the age of six considered old for a male Maine
No, cardiac problems are not "specific" to Maine Coons, but do plague the large breed
cats. And, no, 6 is not old for a Maine Coon. My Charlie was somewhere between 14 and 16
when he died. I'm not sure of his age, as he was a rescue.
| I'm taking his sister in to the vet to get checked out -
| hopefully she'll be around a lot longer. Her brother was one
| great cat - laid-back, very friendly to everyone, a real
| clown. We're already missing him.
Having the sister checked out is a great idea. Better safe than sorry. Your boy sounds a
lot like my Charlie was...great cat and still sorely missed.