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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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Our cat has just died, last night she has her food as normal

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Our cat has just died, last night she had her food as normal at 6pm, at around 7pm she could hardly walk, her breathing became very shallow, I took her upstairs and let her lie in the sittingroom while I contacted the vet, I was advised to bring her in, her breathing became very slow, put her in her basket, by the time I started the car she had stopped breathing, what had caused this, she was only 10 years old and always active

Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
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My condolences for loss. In the great majority of cases, peracute (sudden) and acute death as you've described in a cat who hadn't been demonstrating any symptoms of illness can be attributed to advanced heart disease. I'll find an occult (hidden) cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease) which casues a fatal arrhythmia (irregular heart rate). Sudden death is a common sequela to cardiomyopathy. Cats need not demonstrate a progressive malaise, lethargy, and exercise intolerance followed by congestive heart failure as is more commonly seen in humans and dogs although both can also suddenly die from arrhythmia.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for your kind accept. I appreciate it. I marked your new post as a duplicate. We can continue on in this venue.

Yes, a previously noted heart murmur would add support for advanced heart disease as the etiology of her death.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 years ago.
Thank you once again.

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