Dr. Vamvakias, thank you so much for your time.
The information you have provided has put my mind at ease a bit.
Her sudden death was bad enough, but not knowing or having a good idea
as to the cause really added insult to injury.
An arrythmia sounds lodgical and so does the heartworm(s). From
now on, I'll be more vigilant when mosquitos are around to administer a
heartworm preventative to my kitties.
I just started seeing a counselor to help me with my grief (this loss
of Birdie is on top of loosing my mother several months ago).
Birdie was a wonderful cat; she was also the alpha cat. She often
times would play like a frisky kitten; she had a purr that could be
heard from across the room; and she would frequently show her love for
me by kneading the air in front of me or lightly touching me as she
kneaded. She was my very pretty girl.
Two last quick questions if I may?... Why do you think she had a
bloody nose ("inspissated epistaxis, presumed" from the
necropsy)? And if you have found the timeline in cats from
heartworm larva stages to adult, that would be appreciated. (I did
treat her with Revolution in mid October and mid November last year,
but that was for earmites, so it was not a prolonged treatment.)
Thank you, Debbie