Originally Posted by Nantucket Red
An ex-girlfriend of mine had an 18-year-old cat who grew very feeble, and though she had never shown the slightest interest in venturing outside, she wandered out onto the balcony and plummeted to her death on the gravel drive two stories below. It was uncertain whether she was just too senile to realize what she was doing or whether it was a deliberate suicide attempt. She died on the way to the vet and was later cremated with her favorite "blankey."
My cat CÃ©dille also fell off a balcony, once. Fortunately, we were on the second floor, and he landed on grass. My fear was that he'd take off, but he was a bit stunned (and probably intoxicated by the grass), so just stayed put, looking around, until I rushed down the stairs to get him. I've heard of goldfish "committing suicide" by jumping out of their bowls (I had
one, rescued him 3 times), cats, never. I could see a cat being resigned to die, especially as they have an uncanny ability to hide their suffering, but suicide?