We have 3 cats, 2 dogs and 2 budgies. The cat I am enquiring about was 4 years old. We found him, dumped in a hedge whilst out walking the dogs, he was very tiny, the vet said he was probably only about 5 weeks old, and not even weaned. We cared for him, he had all his injections, including Leukaemia, feline influenza with yearly boosters and vet checks.He was neutered. He was regularly treated for worms and fleas and ticks. He had a special diet to help his teeth and he was the only one to sleep on our bed at night...thoroughly spoiled he was, and much loved.All the cats are called in at night, rarely did any of them stay out, we liked to know they were safe and went out for the day as soon as they were fed.Monday evening, the cat in question, Tom, slept on our bed and sang us to sleep...as usual. He had been off his food that day, but I thought nothing of it, he often went off his food, he was a fussy little eater. The following morning(yesterday) he went outside to use his sandpit loo in the corner of the garden, rolled over, stretching on the patio, like he allways did...and died. I looked over at him a second or two after he had finished his rolling, and I just sensed something was not right. His eyes were open, his pupils were huge and his tongue was hanging out of his mouth. I felt for his heart beat...but there was nothing. He was still warm and soft...like he was asleep...but he was stone dead.....why? Has anybody else had this happen to their cat...was it Sudden Death Syndrome...like humans get...maybe a heart attack? After a few hours, we buried Tom in the woods, overlooking the lake side, were we found him. I did not want the vet to cut him up to find the cause of death...he was too nice for that...but I would just like to know....WHY HE DIED LIKE THAT? Can you shed any light...I would be gratefull if any one can....thanks.