Join Date: May 2013
Location: United States of America
My 8-year old cat died unexpectedly?
My 8-year old cat that I had since he was a 3-month old kitten died unexpectedly on May 8, 2013 at around 5:00 a.m. I was asleep, but I woke up because he sounded like he was trying to throw up a hairball. He was hunched over and made the exact same noise as cats do when they have a hairball, so initially I wasn't that alarmed yet, but then I noticed that it went on far longer than expected. After about two minutes, he ran out of the room and into the corridor where he laid down on his side, and started to breath very heavily. In between the heavy breaths, he began meowing loudly. I started panicking and I didn't know what to do or what was going on, I just cried a little and tried to find the number of the closest emergency animal hospital that was available. A minute later he ran down the stairs, but he stopped half way through and just laid on his side again while continuing his heavy breathing and meows. His meows and breathes became fainter, and then he eventually did vomit which made me relieved, so I thought he was going to be ok. However, almost immediately after vomiting he passed away.
I never thought this would happen, prior to that time he showed absolutely no signs of being ill or unusual behavior. I'm not ashamed to say that he was definitely my best friend, so his death just crushed me on an emotional level, and the fact that I don't have the slightest idea of what could have caused it is bugging me everyday. This is primarily why I joined this wonderful forum, to get an understand of what possibly happened and have closure.