It wasn't even something that we worried about...I've never heard of an animal dying from being spayed. But they are speculating that she had a weak heart and had a heart attack during the surgery. CPR and meds couldn't revive her.
We are so sad.
Em had endless questions tonight and since she remembers that our other cat passed away last year (from old age) she asked a few times, "If we get another kitty will she die too?" I kept telling her that no, not all pet die, that this was unusual and that she had a sick heart. She told me, "Mom, now we have zero pets. Now we only have four people in our family." She also told me that she missed Frida and that she was sad. As she processed all of this she asked, "Mom, did Frida's heart just get stuck?" Tears were flowing down my cheeks and I nodded, "Yeah, I think it must have just gotten stuck." We fumbled around trying to answer more questions as they came. Gosh, death is hard to explain to a child.
The house seems too quiet and still tonight.