Angry cat (lots of those yesterday) comes in. Tech takes weight and temperature and returns cat to owner. Cat is pleasant through all of this. After the tech (not me this time) leaves, the cat takes a big bite out of said owner who bleeds profusely all over the table. We wind up treating the owner and the animal and is returned to the cat carrier. The owner decides he doesn't want to go through bringing his cat in again and to continue the visit.
Cat is now resting peacefully up against the side of he cat carrier. Doctor comes in, takes complete patient history, and goes to withdraw cat from the carrier. Cat comes out of the carrier without altering posture one bit. Initially she thinks someone is playing a joke and put a toy cat in the carrier.
No - its the same cat that took a bite out of his owner ten minutes earlier, but now hes in rigor.
"Doctor, whats wrong with my cat"?
"Its dead, thats whats wrong with it"
NO, she didn't go into the Monty Python parrot sketch, but it was probably difficult. She did do a physical exam to confirm the animal was indeed dead from no readily apparent cause, and not some retaliatory action on the part of the owner.
Se we sent the owner with his dead cat to the emergency room. And we didn't charge for the appointment.
At least the owner was less upset about the death of the cat than he might have otherwise been.
Apparently this animal had a hstory of tachycardia and might literally have been killed by the stress of attacking his owner, who will probably never forget him now. This was kitty's way of saying goodbye I suppose.