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Old 04-20-2004, 05:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My best cat Emma passed away last week. She was quite old and sick. She just went out to the yard and disappeared one day. We found her yesterday. Some of my friends (not cat people) tell me this is quiite common. Is this true?
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Old 04-20-2004, 06:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I hear this is true. From what I've learned, they like to be alone and usually go to pass away in a secluded spot in the house that they normally wouldn't go to. I think they can sense when this is happening. My old cat use to go under my mom's bed more then usually before we decided to put her to sleep...she was obviosuly passing away and I beleive she was trying to find a spot where she felt comfortable and away from the people in the house. Sorry to hear about your kitty.
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Old 04-20-2004, 07:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've heard this true too. My friends cat Musky Paws was 15 and did that.
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Old 04-20-2004, 09:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The explanation I've heard that seemed the most reasonable stated that cats don't "go off somewhere to die". While cats are good at hiding pain, pain is as real to them as it is to any other animal. Death, especially when not sudden, is usually accompanied with pain. Just as a cat would attempt to hide from anything that might hurt them, they hide out to try escaping from what is hurting, until death relieves them of the suffering.

I couldn't begin to tell you whether or not a cat is aware of the significance of it's pending death. But, hiding out when hurting makes sense.
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Old 04-20-2004, 11:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think it is the same with dogs or animals in general. They probably want to be away from any other extra stress during those agonistic times.
I hope they have all reached a realm of eternal peace
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Old 04-21-2004, 01:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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When shelly died she refused to stay in the house. She had always been an outside cat- would go out at first light, come home when it was dark, sleep on the bed then out again. My boyfriend knew she was going to die that night, it was freaky, he kepts bringing her in but she refused to stay in and died under a tree.
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Old 04-21-2004, 02:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm guessing it's what empath said. It's similar to other behaviors... when a cat has intestinal problems they will go outside the litter box because it's one of the only variables they can control.
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Old 04-22-2004, 02:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Whiskers, I'm so sorry to hear that your Emma died. I agree with Empath. I think she was going somewhere quiet and private because she was ill. We don't like to be pestered when we're not well; I think cats and dogs have the same wish, to rest quietly.

God bless you. I believe sincerely that Emma and you will see one another again. God loves us so much.
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Old 04-22-2004, 05:22 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yes, it is true. Our 18 y/o cat, penny disappeared 7 years ago & we never found her. We are sure that she died because she was quite frail & had worsened considerably that week
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Old 04-22-2004, 10:35 PM   #10 (permalink)
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It's always sad to think of a lost pet.
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