My cat just died and I can't figure out how he died

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My cat just died and I can't figure out how he died

Post by M.M » Tue, 22 Jul 2003 03:11:43



I just found my cat, dead, at the bottom of my porch stairs. I'm in a
state of shock, but also really confused as to how he died. There's no
sign of any injuries from being hit by a car or bleeding from his
nose, mouth, etc. There is one area of fur that's dirty (from a car?
from rolling in the dirt?), but it's only the very outside of the fur,
and there's no other sign of injury or breaking the skin.  Has anyone
ever heard of a cat being hit very lightly by a car and dying from
internal injuries/bleeding, with no external sign of injury?

We think he crawled back to our stairs, but don't know what happened
beforehand. Any ideas?

What are the signs that a cat has been poisoned (like by anti-freeze
or something)? Heart attack?

He was seen a hour beforehand, and looked fine, and hasn't had any
other health problems. He was six years old.

 
 
 

My cat just died and I can't figure out how he died

Post by Chris Jone » Tue, 22 Jul 2003 06:32:07


my dads cat was eating dinner one day, had a heart attack and keeled over
right on the spot


Quote:
> I just found my cat, dead, at the bottom of my porch stairs. I'm in a
> state of shock, but also really confused as to how he died. There's no
> sign of any injuries from being hit by a car or bleeding from his
> nose, mouth, etc. There is one area of fur that's dirty (from a car?
> from rolling in the dirt?), but it's only the very outside of the fur,
> and there's no other sign of injury or breaking the skin.  Has anyone
> ever heard of a cat being hit very lightly by a car and dying from
> internal injuries/bleeding, with no external sign of injury?

> We think he crawled back to our stairs, but don't know what happened
> beforehand. Any ideas?

> What are the signs that a cat has been poisoned (like by anti-freeze
> or something)? Heart attack?

> He was seen a hour beforehand, and looked fine, and hasn't had any
> other health problems. He was six years old.

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My cat just died and I can't figure out how he died

Post by NickKnigh » Tue, 22 Jul 2003 06:57:12


Quote:

>I just found my cat, dead, at the bottom of my porch stairs. I'm in a
>state of shock, but also really confused as to how he died.

I had a cat die a few years ago, I had no idea what caused
the death so I had an autopsy done to find out if there
was a danger for my other cats.   The conclusion, no
apparent cause, probably heart attack.  
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My cat just died and I can't figure out how he died

Post by Happy Trailz Fr0m_WEEn » Tue, 22 Jul 2003 18:45:59


I agree with the other 2 that responded. It could of been a heart
attack. I had a dachsund mix  name Bam-Bam that I put out in my back
yard with 2 of my other dogs. 15 minutes later I called them in and the
other 2 came in. I called Bam-Bam but he didn't answer. Later on we
found him dead in our back yard. How old was your cat. My dog was almost
9 years old. I guess either of us will really know the answer.Can only
hope they didn't suffer
 
 
 

My cat just died and I can't figure out how he died

Post by ayu » Wed, 23 Jul 2003 02:05:20


so is heart attack a common problem for cat?  Any sign?  Can it be checked
through medical checkup?  How to avoid?

Thanks in advance,

ayu

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> >I just found my cat, dead, at the bottom of my porch stairs. I'm in a
> >state of shock, but also really confused as to how he died.

> I had a cat die a few years ago, I had no idea what caused
> the death so I had an autopsy done to find out if there
> was a danger for my other cats.   The conclusion, no
> apparent cause, probably heart attack.
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My cat just died and I can't figure out how he died

Post by NickKnigh » Wed, 23 Jul 2003 06:58:01


Quote:

>so is heart attack a common problem for cat?  Any sign?  Can it be checked
>through medical checkup?  How to avoid?

I have no idea, I just had the autopsy done because I had
other cats in the house I was concernced about.  

Wanted to make sure they weren't in danger.    
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My cat just died and I can't figure out how he died

Post by NickKnigh » Wed, 23 Jul 2003 07:02:44



Quote:

>I agree with the other 2 that responded. It could of been a heart
>attack. I had a dachsund mix  name Bam-Bam that I put out in my back
>yard with 2 of my other dogs. 15 minutes later I called them in and the
>other 2 came in. I called Bam-Bam but he didn't answer. Later on we
>found him dead in our back yard. How old was your cat. My dog was almost
>9 years old. I guess either of us will really know the answer.Can only
>hope they didn't suffer

Is Barn Barn short for Barnabas?    

In my case the cat was 3 years old and would run around
alot.   It was almost like the cat didn't have the sense
to stop and rest periodically.    The cat would pant after
running around and sometimes I had to "encourage"
a rest period.  

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My cat just died and I can't figure out how he died

Post by Ginger-lyn Summ » Thu, 24 Jul 2003 02:30:39


On Mon, 21 Jul 2003 18:02:44 -0400, NickKnight

Quote:

>Is Barn Barn short for Barnabas?    

>In my case the cat was 3 years old and would run around
>alot.   It was almost like the cat didn't have the sense
>to stop and rest periodically.    The cat would pant after
>running around and sometimes I had to "encourage"
>a rest period.  

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This sounds like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a specific
heart problem.  There are a number of heart problems cats can get;
generally, they show up as heart murmurs and most often it is in older
cats.  However, sometimes, HCM (and possibly other conditions) can be
inherited, IIRC, and the cat can be born with the problem.  I lost my
Mojo at two years old; at the emergency vets, they finally diagnosed a
significant "heart murmur".  He did not make it out of anesthesia.
When he was alive, he was also very high energy, did not seem to know
when to slow down, and panted.  I was just starting to seek
information on the Internet and find out about HCM when he developed a
urinary tract blockage, which is when we found out about the heart
problem.

Anyway, I'm so sorry about the original poster's cat and those of the
others in this thread.  Hope some of this helps a bit.

Ginger-lyn

 
 
 

My cat just died and I can't figure out how he died

Post by No One But M » Wed, 23 Jul 2003 07:25:45


i had a two year old cat who died of cardiomyopathy. he had no symptoms
whatsoever until he dropped over.
Quote:

> so is heart attack a common problem for cat?  Any sign?  Can it be checked
> through medical checkup?  How to avoid?

> Thanks in advance,

> ayu



> > >I just found my cat, dead, at the bottom of my porch stairs. I'm in a
> > >state of shock, but also really confused as to how he died.

> > I had a cat die a few years ago, I had no idea what caused
> > the death so I had an autopsy done to find out if there
> > was a danger for my other cats.   The conclusion, no
> > apparent cause, probably heart attack.
> > --------------------------------------------
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My cat just died and I can't figure out how he died

Post by Happy Trailz Fr0m_WEEn » Thu, 24 Jul 2003 16:23:58


Bam-Bam couldn't make it up a flight of stairs at tmes & he seemed to
gain alot of weight around his chest area. He had to die not 5 minutes
after he went down stairs because he would of came back up stairs with
the other 2 dogs when I called them in 15 minutes later
 
 
 

My cat just died and I can't figure out how he died

Post by Happy Trailz Fr0m_WEEn » Thu, 24 Jul 2003 16:19:58


Nope I believe who ever had Bam-Bam when he was a puppy named him after
BamBam from the Flintstones. I was told his father was a mini shep. &
his mother was a dachshund. Turned out to be a weird looking dog
 
 
 

My cat just died and I can't figure out how he died

Post by Tro » Thu, 24 Jul 2003 17:29:27


Quote:

> I just found my cat, dead, at the bottom of my porch stairs. I'm in a
> state of shock, but also really confused as to how he died. There's no
> sign of any injuries from being hit by a car or bleeding from his
> nose, mouth, etc. There is one area of fur that's dirty (from a car?
> from rolling in the dirt?), but it's only the very outside of the fur,
> and there's no other sign of injury or breaking the skin.  Has anyone
> ever heard of a cat being hit very lightly by a car and dying from
> internal injuries/bleeding, with no external sign of injury?

He could quite easily have been hit by a vehicle (or even bicycle)
which may leave very few, if any, marks on him. Cats are very flexible
(well, compare to humans anyway) so they can get hit by a vehicle
without breaking a bone yet have fatal internal injuries - the only
way to find out is by a vet inspection (wether an autopsy would be
needed is another matter).

I'm really sorry to hear of your loss, take care...

Troy.

 
 
 

My cat just died and I can't figure out how he died

Post by kmon » Fri, 15 Aug 2003 21:40:11


Could have been a bad fall too. Also, heartworms can cause sudden death.

Quote:
> I just found my cat, dead, at the bottom of my porch stairs. I'm in a
> state of shock, but also really confused as to how he died. There's no
> sign of any injuries from being hit by a car or bleeding from his
> nose, mouth, etc. There is one area of fur that's dirty (from a car?
> from rolling in the dirt?), but it's only the very outside of the fur,
> and there's no other sign of injury or breaking the skin.  Has anyone
> ever heard of a cat being hit very lightly by a car and dying from
> internal injuries/bleeding, with no external sign of injury?

> We think he crawled back to our stairs, but don't know what happened
> beforehand. Any ideas?

> What are the signs that a cat has been poisoned (like by anti-freeze
> or something)? Heart attack?

> He was seen a hour beforehand, and looked fine, and hasn't had any
> other health problems. He was six years old.