Registered: 1507578006 Posts: 1
We still aren't sure what happened. All we know for certain is that our healthy and happy five year old indoor cat Gizmo began to have slight problems breathing during the night Friday night. On Saturday morning we took him to the vet thinking he might have a cold or virus. In the examining room before the vet could get in the room, he suddenly got worse. He was struggling to breathe. They came in and 5 minutes later told me that his lungs were full of fluid and that his chances were below slim. I couldn't believe what was happening. He had never been sick. They tried for several hours to get the fluid out and twice to tap his chest. But a little before 4pm Saturday, October 7, 2017 my sweet baby passed. They say maybe it could have been a pulmonary embolism. No one is certain. He was the sweetest cat in the world. He loved everyone. I couldn't help him. I felt like I failed him because he couldn't breathe and I couldn't help him. I love you Gizmo and we miss you so much. I know you are happy but it hurts so much.
Registered: 1507238806 Posts: 22
My Kitty had the same issue but she was 16 yrs old. A couple of months ago we had a tumor removed and everything seemed fine. Bloodwork was fine, kidneys fine, blood sugar, etc. I thought great she'll be with me for yrs to come. On Thursday night I noticed she was breathing funny. So off to the vet in the am. I dropped her off and waited. I got the call she had fluid on her lungs. I was devastated. We could tap her lungs and maybe get me a couple more days with her. So we did, that was Friday. Monday back to vet and it was back. We did it again knowing it'd probably only give us a little more time. When I picked her up she hissed at vet, which she never did. I knew she had enough. I was told that by Thursday or Friday I would need to make a decision. So Thursday I made the decision to let her go. It killed me. I wanted to tell you this so you'd know even if you did get the fluid off, it may have come right back. You did not fail him. You got him there as quickly as you could. You were there when he needed you. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know how heart wrenching it is.
Registered: 1503009956 Posts: 158
Sorry for your loss dsfoshee! Sounds like you were trying to help Gizmo, not failing him. But I do understand those feelings! Never easy to lose our best friends!