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When I came home Dec 26th, and Boyo was gasping and grunting under… - Happy's Obsession
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When I came home Dec 26th, and Boyo was gasping and grunting under the sink, I couldn't believe it.  The cat sitter reported he had been happy and healthy just 9 hours before.  After testing, the internal medicine vet first said it was his heart (congestive heart failure), but that didn't fit with his athleticism and energy.  Then the drugs for CHF made his kidneys go south, because they dehydrated him (to pull the fluid from his lungs... which didn't work), and then his liver enzyme levels started to skyrocket, which they thought was possibly a blocked gall bladder.

But they couldn't treat it, because the treatments for CHF and kidney disease are diametrically opposed (dehydrate vs super-hydrate) and then his breathing got worse, and there was nothing to be done.  So I had to put him down.  They asked if I wanted an autopsy (or necroscopy, as they call it for an animal), and I said yes.  I had to know what caused this healthy 9 year old to just.... die.  It was only $150, and after all the money I'd spent trying to save him... I had to do it.

I got the results back today.

Turns out that while he did have heart disease, that isn't what killed him.  The fluid buildup in his lungs was due to some sort of inhaled toxin, like a gas.  There was also some necrosis of his intestines, indicating that he had swallowed some of whatever killed him.

The report says it was something like ammonia, phenols, or something else (the report is in the car, I can't remember it).  They said that it was something commonly found in cleaning products, liquid pourpourris, and something else.  But I don't keep cleaning products where they can get to them, the sitter says no cupboards were open (and she's good about that), and K doesn't like liquid pourpourri, or any other kind.  I *did* have a bag of homemade toiletries on the kitchen table, which had soaps in fabric bags, and 2 bottles of liquid pourpourri, but they were sealed, with no punctures or leaks.

We found him under the kitchen sink - a place he almost never goes, but where the other cat hides if people are here, or she's not feeling well.  There were only 2 child-proof bottles of dishwasher detergent there, and some of those little plastic sacs that have detergent and drying agent in them... but none of those were punctured or torn open.  The only new thing down there were those little dishwasher cleaner sacs.

But we *did* have work done on our house, and a new dishwasher put in.  I'm wondering if maybe he punctured a hose back there and some kind of compressed gas/fluid sprayed into his mouth and nose.  He *loved* to just puncture things with his teeth - not tear them up, or eat them, but just *pop* through, like a kid with bubble-wrap.  And a small puncture could seal itself up (like a needle through the rubber top of a medicine bottle), or be a slow leak, and we use the dishwasher so infrequently, just once since then (Monday, and he was hurt a week before that).

I'm going to call the manufacturer and see if there is anything like that, although there must be, because there's a compressor that pulls the water out after it washes, and pushes it through to clean it. 

I just don't want the same thing to happen to Rosie, although she isn't a chewer.
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mi_nion From: mi_nion Date: January 8th, 2010 05:06 am (UTC) (Link)
sorry to hear about your kitty.
qafhappy From: qafhappy Date: January 8th, 2010 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, I'm having a hard time dealing with it. I thought I was through the crying part, but it was almost easier when I thought his heart had given out. To think it was something here, something that might not have had to happen... it tears me up.
shadownyc From: shadownyc Date: January 8th, 2010 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
These are very surprising results. I hope you do find out what happened, especially if it had to do with something that's still in the house and accessible to the other cat.

*HUGS*
severina2001 From: severina2001 Date: January 8th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm so sorry. I just... I don't even know what else to say. He knew how much you loved him.
hsifeng From: hsifeng Date: January 8th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sissy, this is clearly not something that you did to Boy-o. There is a good chance that you may never know the exact cause (cats get into the weirdest things, seemingly at random).

Don't beat yourself up about this - you are a TERRIFIC pet mom!
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