cat died suddenly
a week ago today (in the evening) I noticed that one of my cats wasn't eating. He normally runs to greet me and rubs all over my legs and wants attention. That night he didn't. I petted him and put the food right in front of him but he didn't want it. He did drink water though. I kept an eye on him. The next morning he came up to me when I put the food out and he wanted to be petted. I spent a long time petting him before I had to go to work. He didn't rub against me. Just huddled on the floor. I put him on the couch and put a blanket on him and he seemed to like that. I called the vet and they couldnt' get me in until the next day. I made sure he drank some more water (still wasn't eating but it hadn't even been 24 hours)I loved all over him before I left for work that morning. When I got home from work I found him laying in front of the door (like he was waiting for me) he had passed away. Devastating.
I have 6 cats (now). Over the years two of them have stopped eating at one point- one was a kitten and after two days of not eating had to have iv fluids. Both were diagnosed as having some type of infection, given antibiotics and recovered. I also leave dry food out all the time so it was difficult to tell if he ate any of that. I had adopted this cat from a shelter about 2 years ago. Fell in love with him (I was a volunteer there) because he was so scared when came in and wouldn't let anyone near him. They said he was around five years old at the time. He had been sick one other time (right after i adopted him he got some type of respiratory illness) and I took him to the vet and he was given antibiotics. The day I noticed he wasn't eating he ate that morning but not in the evening and the next day he didn't eat in the morning and he died sometime when I was at work. I should have demanded an appointment that same day but I didn't realize how sick he was. He didn't have watery eyes or sneezing or anything. He just wasn't himself. I feel so terrible like I let him down. Only had him for two years! Any idea what could have been wrong with him? Was it something I could have prevented? He had all his vaccinations and was an indoor- only cat. None of my other cats are showing any signs of illness.