My cat died suddenly about a day and a half ago. She had been sick with CKD for some time and had taken a major downturn in the last month, but she was still behaving like herself, still seeking attention and always doing everything she could to get onto my lap whenever I sat or squatted down anywhere near her. I'd been force-feeding her the last two weeks though since she lost all interest in eating. On Monday, I took her to the vet because she starting defecating in numerous places on our carpet. Vet determined she was severely constipated and needed an enema. They gave her the enema and did so without sedation. Prior to taking her to the vet, she was still walking around and attempting to use the litter box any time she felt she needed to go. The day after her enema, when I picked her up, she could no longer walk. She was super lethargic and would just flop onto her side and lie there. She still would attempt to crawl to my lap if I sat down though. She had peed herself in the carrier, so I bathed her and left her near the litter box when we had to go out (just in case she wanted to try to get in and use it). When we came back in about 3 hours, she had barely moved from the spot where I left her, and she had some kind of a weird abdominal twitch going on. She also had some other little twitchy things going on up around her neck. I thought maybe she was just cold (her ears
and feet felt very cold). I used a hair dryer on the low setting to try to warm her up some, and it seemed to help. Then I figured I would try her sub-q fluids to see if some hydration might help. It seemed to help a bit, so I figured i would then try to get some food
in her to give her a little energy. I started feeding her with the syringe (a half can of KD food mixed with water). She seemed to be taking it well, and the twitch in her abdomen lessened. So I thought we were doing well with that. As I neared the end of her feeding, however, she all of a sudden lurched to the side while on my lap and started vomiting up a LARGE portion of the food I had just fed her (if not all of it), and then her body went COMPLETELY limp. Her head just fell to the side, and I thought she had died right at that moment. I lay her on the floor and petted her a bit, talking to her and trying to see if she was alive or not. Then she started noticeably breathing again, but they were quick, catching kind of breaths. This continued for about 20 minutes, and then the breathing slowed a bit. She made a couple little meow/moaning kind of sounds, but she didn't seem to be in any kind of major distress or anything. I could tell that this was basically the end and that she was on her way out. Her breathing actually looking fairly normal, albeit doing the little catching thing once in awhile. I placed her in her cat bed and curled up on the couch with her and just kept petting her and holding her and talking to her until I couldn't visibly see that she was breathing anymore. I then placed my ear against her side and could still very faintly hear her heartbeat, but that also stopped not long after, and I knew she was gone. This was a long explanation of how she came to die, but I'm just trying to figure out what exactly happened? DId her body just give out because of the CKD and disease? Did I possibly kill her by overfeeding her? The vet had told me to give her a quarter teaspoon of miralax to help soften her stools too, so I mixed that in with the food I was giving her. Did that kill her? She was my baby, and I hated to lose her like that, even though I know she had been sick for a really long time.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about your cat?
Customer: Oh, I also gave her the half-prednisone tablet she got once per day to see if maybe that would help relieve her GI issues or give her a little strength.