Four year old cat died 6 days after neuter - low body temp & pneumonia

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Hi all, I'm new to this community but I had a question about the recent loss of my beloved 4 year old cat. He received a neuter operation, and rabies shot 6 days ago (yes, I waited quite a while but he was not spraying and was indoor only. He received FeLV shot and some others when I got him at 8 weeks), and before that was given a physical and a clean bill of health.

Four days after the neuter, I noticed he was under my bed for the whole day, refusing his treats, water, and was breathing in a strange way. I called the vet and they said to just watch him. The next morning I see him resting his head on his water bowl and realized something was seriously amiss. I took him to the same vet, and they discovered his body temp to be 90, far below the 102 he was at the physical a few days prior. An x ray revealed widespread fluid in his lungs, and they started him on aggressive antibiotics immediately. He died the next morning.

Does anybody here think that the procedures had anything to do with this? He wore a cone for a few days to prevent any licking of the wound, which was healing fine when I brought him back into the vet.
 

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I am so sorry  this happened.  I am not a vet or vet tech.  If it had anything to  do with the procedure my guess would be it was some kind of reaction to the anesthetic.  Hopefully someone who has either worked for a vet or done rescue has seen this and can answer your questions.
 

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I am so very sorry this happened, you have my most sincere and heartfelt condolences. I don't have any answers as to why, there are so many variables that could have caused this, some beyond anyone's including your vets control. Godspeed to your little one  
 

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I am so very sorry. I think usually for male neuters, they don't use a breathing tube. It sounds like he aspirated under anesthesia. 
 

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Was he fasted before the procedure? Yes it is possible that he regurgitated and then aspirated it into his lungs while under anesthesia. However that doesn't seem likely for a couple of reasons. Patients are very closely monitored while under anesthesia and it's highly unlikely that this would have gone unnoticed. Also a neuter literally takes only 2-3 minutes, he would have been under for such a short amount of time, and it's not likely for patients to aspirate so quickly. They need to be under for a while for their muscles to relax long enough to allow stomach contents to travel back up. Also if he did aspirate under anesthesia he would probably have had problems right away, not four days later. And then the vets put him on antibiotics when they saw the fluids. Antibiotics fight infection. Aspiration is not an infection, if they suspected Aspiration they would have given him medication to draw fluids from his body.
What's more likely is that he contracted some illness or infection. Where and when is unknown. It could have been before or after. It's also possible that he picked up something from his stay at the clinic because he wasn't fully vaccinated going into his surgery.
I am so sorry for your loss!it is always heartbreaking to loose a furry friend. Please don't beat yourself up over this. Terrible things happen and no one knows why, and it's not your fault.
 
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