Why did my cat die?

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    I had a cat, that was always in the house, recently we let the cat out doors. After a few weeks of going out, the cat started to slow down, it did not play, the cat seemed to rest all the time. It also stopped eating and drinking (my guess on the rate of food left behind). This is all hindsight now. But after a few weeks of sickness, I came home from a long trip and my wife said she had not see the cat for a few days. I found the cat dead. I felt so bad, because I should have taken it to a vet. I was thinking it must just be sick and will get over it. We have 3 other cats, but that was my favorite. After many pets and many years of having them, this is the first time one has gotten sick and died as a young cat. I wonder what would cause this? I don't think it was poison because that would not make the cat slow down for weeks and then die.
    It is a terrible feeling thinking I may have been able to help the poor thing.
     
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    I assume it had a good supply of food and water available?
     
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    Could be lots of things. Heat..and Allergy..maybe it drank anti-freeze.

    Bottom line is letting the cat out wasn't a good idea.
     
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    He died because he was an indoor cat, and then you made him an outdoor cat.

    Most likely he ate something poisonous outside, which killed him

    Poor Kitty. :(
     
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    All my cats are outdoor cats. Too much trouble inside.
    They have plenty of outbuildings to live in.
     
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    Not enough info. It could have been eating a poisonous substance that took time to kill it. Not all poisons or hazardous substances are fast acting. Then again it may have just gotten sick and died from something internal like we humans do. It may not have anything to do with going outside. Without an autopsy it is all guesswork.
     
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    Yes, the cat had plenty of food and water
     
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    Only an autopsy/doctor can answer your question.
     
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    You could ask your vet their thoughts, but I doubt without having seen the cat or performing an necropsy, they could even answer this for you. It could have been any number of things. Something it got into. It could have been something the it was coming down with before you ever let it out, or it could have been a pre-existing condition that finally caught with up with the cat.

    I'm truly sorry for the loss of your fur baby.
     
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    The cat stopped eating and drinking "for a few weeks"? I think you have your answer. I have two dogs and I cannot imagine letting them get sicker and sicker over a period of weeks without taking them to the vet. Your cat died because you neglected it. If you truly do feel bad about that, learn from this and don't ever let it happen again.
     
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