I am so sad. Yesterday we lost our beloved mischief. She was almost 3 years old and had no symptoms. She was fine then an hr later gasping for air. I thought she was choking so I put my finger down her throat to get her to throw up. She bit me and was till choking. When I touched her side she cried in pain. The closest emergancy vet was 15 mins away. I don't understand how a local vet that is down the street doesn't do emergancy services. They close at 6pm this happened at 7pm. We called and they said closest was 15 miles away. I grabbed my baby and we ran out of the house. I was in my PJ's and barefoot but I didn't care. My husband drove as fast as his could. She was meowing and looking at me saying mommie help me. Herr breathing became more labored so i started breathing into her little mouth to help her. 2 mins away from the vet she gave up fighting and put her little head in my arm and passed. We still went to vet for hope but it was too late, she started leaking blood. The vet said she had a cardiac arrest. I am SO MAD wondering if my regular vet had opened to take an emergancy case she would still be alive. Instead of driving 15 mins w/ her in pain. Having her die in my arms was the worst pain I have ever felt. i just see her little eyes looking at me begging for help. We lost her "brother" last year in march 3 days after I had major surgery. He had FIV and we didn't know it. We took Mischeif and our other cat to the vet to get them checked out. If she had a heart problem shouldn't they have detected it then?