What killed my cat?
Bonesy, our first outdoor cat, died tonight, and we have no idea why. She was a stray who gave birth in our ice house two years ago. We kept one of the kittens, got homes for the others, and after having Bonesy spayed, kept her as an outside cat because she was at war with my indoor cats (through the windows).
She did very well, sleeping in the doghouse we put on the porch for her with warming disks in winter. She was tough and territorial, but enjoyed our attentions.
Last night she started howling, and this morning she didn't seem like herself. But she ate well (always a good sign, I thought) and carried her tail high, for whatever that's worth. My daughter-in-law saw her walking in circles and meowing, but that stopped. I thought she was drooling, so we looked to see if something was stuck in her mouth. Didn't see anything, and again she ate well. She had a rabies shot in November and wasn't due again until 2015.
We decided to confine her to a dog crate in the barn to be sure we'd be able to take her to the vet tomorrow. She seemed to be doing pretty well, although at times she panted rapidly. Then tonight we went to give her some food at bedtime, and found her lying on her side with blood under her head, possibly from her mouth.
I'll talk to the vet tomorrow, but do these symptoms sound familiar to anyone? We want to know what happened. Bonesy deserves that much, plus we now care for another spayed stray--and my Rocky, whom I've posted about before--spends his days outside.
Bonesy. She was such a good mother to her kittens. We gave her the name because she was skin and bones when she arrived here. But she filled out beautifully.