Ian wrote:I'm sorry to hear that LoneWolf. That's kind of scary about the sedative. We have to put one of our cats under to get her groomed.
There is an option to have blood tests done before sedation which is extremely mild, not enough to put them under). In our case, it would have revealed nothing; it would have taken an ultrasound (which isn't a normal procedure) and even then, if we had found it, there is nothing one can do about it. When you hear in the news about an 18-year old high school basketball player dropping dead on the court, it's usually this same condition, and its gone undiagnosed for years. Male cats are more prone to it, and Maine Coon cats can have a mutated gene that makes it more likely in some cases.
He'd been groomed a number of times without issue, and we'd had the blood test done in the past. If it hadn't happened there, he could have just passed at a random time in the future, and my wife and I agreed it would be far worse to come home and find him there. It's one of these "these things just hapen" situations; no one was at fault, it was just his time. That doesn't make it much easier, but that's the way it goes.
He was a very unique personality, in a good way. That's the hardest part of it. At least we got to go to the vet, and sort of "say goodbye".