Sudden Death of Beloved Cat

My heart is broken right now, because my beloved Theo, "Mr. Kitty", died suddenly today. I ate lunch with a friend and returned three hours later. I played around with my dogs and walked down the hall to my room and saw him lying on the ground. I could tell right away he was dead, because he's the friendliest cat in the world and would always greet me when I walked by him. Sure enough, he wasn't  breathing  and his jaw was locked shut and his legs were stuff. I screamed out for about ten minutes at , I was absolutely hysterical. He was such a wonderful sweet cat. He was only 5 yyears old. He was a strictly indoor cat and was pretty healthy. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what could have happened. He had vomited a few times this year a clear liquid. But this was three three times over the course of a year. His coat had become slightly dull and had begun to collect dandruff, but I attributed it to the fact that he sometimes ate dog food, which he always has done on the sly.  I had switched my cats (I have a another cat, Phoebe) to freeze dried raw food from Stella and Chewys and he loved it, but i suddenly had to switch back to Taste of the Wild due to how expensive Stella and chewys is. He was a strictly indoor cat, in which case I did not take him for his yearly vaccines. So so I am blaming myself for this. I didn't think if he was an indoor cat that yearly shots were really necessary. However now I am not so sure.  I also had given him and Phoebe a Revolve treatment after a couple months off.. I feel like this is all my fault and I could have prevented this. I feel like I am to blame for his death and I just wish I could tell him sorry. I wish I had taken better care of him. I made sure he had fresh water everyday and fresh food. I scratched and brushed him. Maybe I should have played with him more, I just got a puppy and I feel like I neglected him. I am absolutely devastated. I sent him off for a necroscopy so I am anxiously awaiting results to see the exact cause of death. If anyone has any advice for dealing with the sudden death of a pet, I would really appreciate it. 

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chinasmom

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Reply To: littlewing

Oh my heart goes out to you.  Losing a pet is so hard and only time will heal your broken heart.  I am 49 and have had a pet for as long as I can remember.  But not one time did I ever find my dear pet when they had passed.  I had simply been told that they had gone to heaven or they died but they were always gone when I got home.  Until about ten years ago.  I finally found my dog when she died.  I had three and I went through the same thing as you.  I felt like I should have spent more time with her, I should have pet her more, and the list goes on.  But what you and I did is love them, feed them and did the best we could for them and in God's eyes that means everything.  So don't punish yourself for the things you didn't do. Remember and be thankful for the wonderful times you shared with Theo.  Because Mr. Kitty would not have those memories if it weren't for you.

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fatoutandia

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Reply To: littlewing

Losing a pet is always too hard. Sometimes, It's a heart broken one.

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bobbie2746

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Reply To: littlewing

I know your pain, as I too suddenly lost my 4 yr old, indoor cat today. He greeted me when I came in the door today then fell over, cried the death scream, took 2 breaths and died,  Took to vet and had necropsy done right away, Results were multiple blood clots which caused sudden heart attack, He was fine this morning and had no 
Health issues that we knew of,  So dont blame yourself, you loved the cat and took good care of him, You both enjoyed each other and you will always have those memories to cherish

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karin

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Reply To: littlewing

Sorry for your loss. Same thing happened to my 14 yr old solid black female. You didn't neglect him. From reading another thread on this site it seems almost common. I've never had a cat die suddenly until this week. No unusual behavior from her and the whole thing lasted probably under 30 seconds. She was fine. Then she walked to the end of the bed. Coughed.Threw up a little bit of clear liquid. Meowed a low sounding meow. Fell over on her side. Meowed 2 long LOUD howling meows and died. Eyes open but unresponsive. She had been to the vet a year earlier. The vet said nothing about her heart and that the flaky, yet kind of oily fur was because she probably couldn't bathe good due to arthritis and four bad teeth that needed to be pulled. Well, she had her teeth pulled and no improvement with fur. She had thrown up clear liquid before a couple times but it didn't seem to bother her. Her habits were the same. From what I've read they say cardiomyopathy.

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mariacc

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Reply To: littlewing

I know the feeling. I just had a phone call to say our little cat had died...looked like he was sleeping by his cat flap this morning...my daughter will be inconsolable, she left last year for a years contract working abroad...and was due back in Feb...i went to the UK to see him for a few days this week only left on Wednesday....he seemed OK, wasnt eating as much and was sleeping most of the time, which is normal for him....so devasated to lose another of our little family, he wasnt even old at 11 yrs old.  My poor petsitter is beside herself, too as she has only been there a month!
Sometimes i think i wish i wasnt an animal lover, but cant imagine life without them, even with all the heart break of them leaving....

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crazycatlady

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Reply To: littlewing

I know how you feel, I still get upset about my cat Kitty who died a few years ago

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shorty

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Reply To: littlewing

CATS I LEARNED SHOW NO SIGNS OF ILLNESS UNTIL THEYRE SO SICK THAT YOU CANT HELP THEM. I HAD A CAT DIE TO AND I FELT SO BAD THAT I DIDNT NOTICE KITTER WAS SICK. I KNOW SHE SPENT A LOT OF TIME ALONE. BUT CATS DO, I THOUGHT. I FELT VERY BAD TO...LIKE I NEGLECTED HER. LIKE I SHOULDVE GIVEN HER MORE ATTENTION. ITS TERRIBLE THE GUILT CAN REALLY TEAR YOUR MIND TO PIECES. BUT YOU HAVE TO LET IT GO. YOU DID THE BEST YOU COULD AND YOU WERE SIMPLY LIVING YOUR LIFE.....ITS DONE AND OVER. CREATE A MEMORIAL TO HER...GIVE HER THE ATTENTION NOW. I HAVE ALL OF MY PETS CREMATED. TAKE TIME TO GRIEVE AND CRY. I HURT DEEPLY WHEN A PET DIES. I WONDER WHY I GET ANOTHER BC I KNOW ITS PAINFUL FOR ME. I WISH YOU LUCK. TAKE CARE.

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