My Cat Died Cause of Breathing Problem

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June 10th, 2010 22:46
New York
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My cat died in my hands and he was only 6 years old, please help me understand what caused him to die!!
   
We moved about one month a go and my cat start having some breathing issue ( he would stick his tongue out and breath a little hard)since the day we moved but it would go away but June 6, 2010 it didn't go away!!! He start having breathing problem that day until it progressed to his tongue start getting blue. This is what happened we left at about 12:30pm and we got home about 2pm. When we got home he was on the floor breathing really hard with his tongue getting blue then when he saw me he got up and came out from under the bad then he walked to another room and lay on the floor breathing really hard with his tongue turning more blue and his saliva start coming out in the form of a foam but it was not allot, I took him in my arms and ran downstairs put him in my car and start driving to the hospital but he turned his had up and it looked like his trout closed up because his body would still shake a little like he was trying to catch his last breath! Please help me understand what happened to my cat since I cant sleep and live my life not known what happened, what caused him to die. He was normal cat before that!!! Please help!!!
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July 17th, 2010 16:14
Michigan
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I'm sorry you had to go through this and might be able to shed some light. My cat, who would have been six years old, passed away in February. In late January, his purring sounded a bit watery. The vet first diagnosed him with pneumonia and put him on an antibiotic and a diuretic to remove the fluid from his lungs. He seemed better for about ten days, then started up again. He was lying on the bed breathing hard with his tongue hanging out. I took him right to the vet and they put him in the oxygen tank and used the diuretic again. Through x-rays and even an echocardiogram of his heart, he was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Basically the walls of his heart were thickened and obstructed the flow of oxygen. The specialist estimated he would live about one more year with being on three different meds. He only made it a week. The blueness in the tongue and mouth was due to a lack of oxygen. So sadly to say, they kind of suffocated. I learned through this that cats do not show signs of being ill until it is at a more traumatic situation. I hope reading this and maybe reading more about it will help give you closure. I know I was a wreck because it was so sudden. We actually got a new kitten two weeks ago and I was surprised how much he helped to fill the void left in my heart.
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Sept 13th, 2010 15:38
Washington
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First, I am SO sorry about your cat. It sounds like he had ASTHMA, which is very common in felines these days, as my cat has asthma which is controlled with an inhaler and the aerokat system. A lot of people think when a cat is coughing, crouched down with head extended out, they are trying to cough up a hairball. That is what I thought about my Simon-Love, and so my vet suggested an x-ray to see if it was indeed asthma. SOOOOOO many people are not *aware* of this in felines and shrug it off as being hairballs. I joined a group called: felineasthmarelief@yahoogroups.com and they were very helpful in teaching me HOW to administer the aerokat/inhaler which Simon-Love has adjusted to very nicely.
   
IF this was not asthma related, it's possible he ingested something fatal.
   
Again, I am so sorry for your loss ;-(
   
L.P.
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