Last Saturday, "Spitty", our 5.5 year old 20 lb. male tiger threw up a half dozen or so times. Several of our other cats had thrown up over the last few days, so we didn't have a major concern.

On Sunday, he threw up a few more times, but drank a little and seemed to be lethargic, but otherwise OK. Around 6PM he navigated up a ladder into the loft over my wife's craft room and hid. She retrieved him, and he was barely moving. Shallow breathing. He could stand up and navigate, but was a bit clumsy.
We got him to the Vets by 8PM. His heart rate was slightly elevated, he had no temperature, and was slightly dehydrated. We left him in the Vet's care. He was given fluid via an IV and was OK when the Vet left at midnight. Testing was to begin in the AM. When the Vet arrived at 5:45 the next morning, Spitty had passed away a short time before.

Spitty was one of our healthiest kitties (we have 21). He had never been sick, was playful, and never seemed to be uncomfortable. He is also one of our "best" males - sort of the role model for the males. None of our cats go outside.
I wanted to have an autopsy done, but the wife wouldn't hear of it.

Does anyone have any idea as to potential cause? Our Vet suggested liver damage as a possibility.
Thanks.
Lee and Spitty
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I wanted to have an autopsy done, but the wife wouldn't hear of it. Does anyone have any idea as to potential cause? Our Vet suggested liver damage as a possibility. Thanks. Lee and Spitty

I'm sorry to hear about Spitty. We lost a cat suddenly last year, and did opt for the necropsy, mostly because we have other cats and wanted to determine the death was not something that the other cats would be at risk for also. You mentioned the other cats were throwing up also...did the vet mention the possibility of a poisonous plant, or some other substance the otheer cats could have been exposed to also?
Sherry
Last Saturday, "Spitty", our 5.5 year old 20 lb. male tiger threw up a half dozen or so times. Several ... hear of it. Does anyone have any idea as to potential cause? Our Vet suggested liver damage as a possibility.

The fact that some other cats were barfing causes me to suspect some sort of poisoning. However, if that's the case then whatever poisoned them was new; poisonous stuff had to have initially appeared inside or near the exterior of your home beginning Saturday.
If there's something toxic that they're eating then that's a cause for concern. You may still lose more cats unless you get rid of whatever it is that they shouldn't be eating.
Personally, I feel that you should have the autopsy done. It will at least help you to determine what caused his death.
It sounds like something poisonous. But in what form did the poison get to the cats - rather than guessing, you must find out what caused his death.
So sorry for your loss.
We lost our 8 yo Ralf last October with similar symptoms. He went from being fine to almost dead in 12 hours. Our vet thought he ate something poisonous. We didn't have an autopsy done either so I'll never be sure. Our vet did ask if he could have gotten a hold of tylenol, alieve or laundry powder. I suppose someone may have dropped an alieve and not realized it but I'll never know. I have gone through the house with a fine tooth comb to make sure there is nothing toxic where the rest can get to it (not put away behind a cabinet door) and alerted everyone to be really careful with any medications they are taking. After the cleaning job I did in the laundry room it's probably the cleanest in PA.
I thought the same thing as you. As I've had cats occasionally barf before I didn't think much of it at first.
Wendy
Last Saturday, "Spitty", our 5.5 year old 20 lb. male tiger threw up a half dozen or so times. Several of our other cats had thrown up over the last few days, so we didn't have a major concern.

On Sunday, he threw up a few more times, but drank a little and seemed to be lethargic, but otherwise OK. Around 6PM he navigated up a ladder into the loft over my wife's craft room and hid. She retrieved him, and he was barely moving. Shallow breathing. He could stand up and navigate, but was a bit clumsy.
We got him to the Vets by 8PM. His heart rate was slightly elevated, he had no temperature, and was slightly dehydrated. We left him in the Vet's care. He was given fluid via an IV and was OK when the Vet left at midnight. Testing was to begin in the AM. When the Vet arrived at 5:45 the next morning, Spitty had passed away a short time before.

Spitty was one of our healthiest kitties (we have 21). He had never been sick, was playful, and never seemed to be uncomfortable. He is also one of our "best" males - sort of the role model for the males. None of our cats go outside.
I wanted to have an autopsy done, but the wife wouldn't hear of it.

Does anyone have any idea as to potential cause? Our Vet suggested liver damage as a possibility.
Thanks.
Lee and Spitty
Lee Frette (Email Removed) wrote in
I wanted to have an autopsy done, but the wife wouldn't hear of it. Does anyone have any idea as to potential cause? Our Vet suggested liver damage as a possibility. Thanks. Lee and Spitty

I would have had the necropsy (autopsy for animals) to rule out anything that could affect your other kitties. I wouldn't have a clue what it could be otherwise.
Last Saturday, "Spitty", our 5.5 year old 20 lb. male tiger threw up a half dozen or so times. Several ... hear of it. Does anyone have any idea as to potential cause? Our Vet suggested liver damage as a possibility.

This is the first time I've read anything implying that laundry powder ingestion can be fatal to cats. Are you sure about that?
Last Saturday, "Spitty", our 5.5 year old 20 lb. male tiger threw up a half dozen or so times. Several ... hear of it. Does anyone have any idea as to potential cause? Our Vet suggested liver damage as a possibility.

This is the first time I've read anything implying that laundry powder ingestion can be fatal to cats. Are you sure about that?

I'd have to ask the vet to clarify that but he did ask about laundry soap in relationship to phosphates. Mine is phosphate free as I think most are any more for environmental reasons.
I wanted to have an autopsy done, but the wife wouldn't hear of it. Does anyone have any idea as to potential cause? Our Vet suggested liver damage as a possibility.[/nq]I would opt for a necropsy. I'm the type who would want to know, especially if it were something contageous or maybe the other cats get the same illness. They cost about $75. My cat Boots threw up for a day, didn't eat, was a little lazy about the house so I took him to the vet. Vet said he was fine. Next day he still threw up so I took him back. Vet said he was basically fine. That night he collapsed. The other vet looked at the same xray and said he had stoumach/liver cancer.

They confirmed it with ultrasound in the morning. By then he was going wayy down hill so we helped him go to sleep while we pet him and told him what a good kitty he was. Did your cat walk a little funny, didn't want you to touch his belly, lie on his back a lot? Any other signs or symptoms? So sorry all of you had to experience this. I know how sad and shocking it can be. My kitty was the healthiest cat in the house. I thought my ex-FLV kitty would die first.

She's still doing fine. The 13 year old outdoor stray with no teeth is even still doing fine. Why my healthy younger Bootsie? -(
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