Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Our kitty, Red, had to be put to sleep a few days ago. That night he ate his dinner around 6 and was completely normal. When I got back from dog training around 8:30 I found him lying on the floor, panting and meowing, obviously in pain. I rushed him to the Emergency Vet Clinic where they diagnosed saddle thrombosis, he had thrown a clot that cut off all bloodflow to his back end. His lungs were filling with fluid and his heart sounds were bad, the prognosis was not good so I made the choice to euthanize him. They were wonderful at the emergency clinic and I got to be with him while they did it, on a comfy couch in a special room that as nicely decorated. It was so sudden and unexpected but they said it is fairly common in cats, that he had probably had heart disease for a few years with no symptoms.