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Question by Mike
Submitted on 7/12/2003
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I have had several cats die of an unknown illness. The cat starts drooling, not heavily, and continues to get progressively worse until its mouth seems to pucker and draw back from its lower teeth. That seems to be the last stage. Does anyone know what this is and how to treat it?

Answer by la
Submitted on 12/13/2003
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bring him or her to the vet OK my cat died yesterday


Answer by Irygirl@aol.com
Submitted on 1/8/2004
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Are you saying the vet was not able to diagnose the cause of death?  If you never took your cats to the vet, they may have died from an immune system disease, which sometimes cause excessive drooling or possible kidney failure.  


Answer by ollie
Submitted on 2/3/2004
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our lovely black ollie died a few days ago and it was devastating because he one of the family.  he was like a human cat and very intelligent. he got very skinny and he had very bad kidney problems...the vet prescribed tablets (but now i think of it why didnt he put a drip to put some food and nourishment into his frail body) anyway that morning the tablets course was due to start he was too sick and very still and staring like he was fixed on something and he was miaowing like in pain and then e was trying to get breath i think and he rose up on his legs and made a grimace and then suddenly his head dropped down forward...is this from kidney failure and toxin buildup or could it be a heart attack? im so sad,..

the vet didnt mention diet....i read on the internet that proteins arent not good but they need a carbohydrate and fat diet....

how does a cat die from kidney failure and toxin buildup...is it like this?


Answer by jessi7
Submitted on 11/17/2004
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My cat died a year ago from toxicity build up in his kidneys.  It was a male cat and when they are neutered they have a greater risk of this happening.  They told us because of the cat's diet, the sea food blend, that the cat was getting too much calcium.  When they put fish in the food they put the entire fish, bones and all.  The calcium crystalizes in their urine and causes a blockage in the bladder which then backs up the kidneys.  The kidneys are a filtration system for the blood.  This blockage won't allow for wastes to leave the body and ends up poisoning the blood stream.  Which leads to a twitching of the muscles.  Our cat died the same way you describe yours.  Unfortuneatly, My baby cat <1yr old, died last night.  I have not idea why.  They want to do an autopsy but I want to let her rest in peace. I hope this helps.  


Answer by Erin
Submitted on 2/5/2005
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Do you let them go outside?  Poison should be taken into consideration.  I would have said possible liver/kidney disease, but not with more than one dying like that.  Possibly an immune system disease and they can drool from seizures.  If another one shows symptoms or signs of this again, take him/her to the vet immediately


Answer by Rafiq
Submitted on 3/24/2005
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Maybe he has hydrothemia. Its a desease that affects cats which in the end, will dehydrate,overheat and die. Can anyone tell me why my cat is as stiff as a rock when he died?


Answer by Jane
Submitted on 5/12/2005
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I was traveling and came home to my cat dead in my basement.  He was clenching a kitchen towel in his teeth and it was covered in what I think was his saliva...I took him to the vet but it was too late to really access what happened.  The vet did say it could have been kidney failure.  I don't understand it all and the fact that he was clenching a kitchen towel freaked me out.


Answer by rememberingcase
Submitted on 6/9/2005
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Has anyone had a cat die like this?  Started bleeding from the mouth.  It moved from it's first position, across the room, where he knew that his owner would find him, where the owner sits in his chair often...the cat was on his side.  He had blood all under his head/mouth.  The vet said there was a gray area on his tongue.  I am not sure if that had always been there but she said it seemed like it was a bruise from something b ut I don't know what.  I do not think he was electrocuted but can't be 100% sure.  He was thin, about eleven years old, seemingly good appetite.  Drank a lot of water, hunched over his water bowl for periods of time.  He often pulled his own hair out.  We had no idea he would die around this time other than sure he looked thin but we just thought that was normal for him and a part of entering into senior cat years.  He had thrown up two or three times over the past two weeks before death.  I cannot find much in my research online for cats that died like this and the vet would not test his blood or do an autopsy so it's driving me nuts.  I realize that no one can pin point his diagnosis just from a few details here.  However, any thoughts or information or similar stories would be appreciated.  Thank you!


Answer by rattlesnake
Submitted on 6/15/2005
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You see my cat just died yesterday, and it is devastating to live without him, he was such a sweet, innocent, and well-mannered cat. A few days ago he was bitten by some sword of spider or something that he didn't let us know untill his had was swelled up so bad that it bursted out. Then after few days the cat got soo weak that we had to take him to a vet, who took off his dead tissue and cutted off one of his finger, which we tought was very odd, but he told us it will be ok. After two more  days he started vomiting he didn't eat or drink anything after few more days he died very slowly right in front of us. My mom can't stop crying and everyone else too. We are guessing that that infection failed his kidneys and reached his heart slowly and shutted it down. it was very sad. If anyone out there knows why did this happened, please help us out beacuse we are tired of guessing. Thank You  


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Answer by puppy
Submitted on 3/11/2006
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cats die....they are not people....there are no human cats....


Answer by TINA
Submitted on 6/3/2006
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