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Hi. My name is***** and I've been a veterinarian for 15 years. I'm very sorry to hear about this situation with Mojo. I'm going to be honest and say that my best recommendation is to get him to your vet for them to evaluate him. This type of trap shouldn't be one that causes the electrocution type of injuries that happen when a cat chews a cord and such, but could the trap being on him have caused a choking injury that could cause some non-cardiogenic edema? They can assess him to see if this is possible.
Hopefully this is something that hasn't caused a more serious injury and it is something where he is just scared and uncomfortable at this time. I don't like to take chances. I know the trip to the vet isn't always a fun one. Could you let him rest for 15 to 30 minutes at home to see if he gets back to normal? That is an option that some owners will take to see if the situation isn't as bad as it could be.
Could he have had his head stuck in the trap at an angle or such that was putting pressure on his neck? That was what I was thinking there. Does the trap actually produce a shock or is it one that just traps them in the trap?
Is this the trap that was involved?
If the lungs were filling up with fluid, then he would be progressively getting more labored with his breathing. The respiratory rate would be faster than normal. Do you think he could actually get to the plate area where the voltage is at with how far he was in? Some of the traps have more distance into them and barriers to get around to get to that spot so no accidental fingers can get in there to get shocked.
He was pretty darn determined to get the bait that was in that trap. If he's been out of the trap now for that 1/2 hour and is resting for the most part comfortably and not stressed, then maybe he won't have any further injuries from it. Sometimes the fluid can take a little more time - a few hours or so - to develop - but if he's not acting stressed now, then I would be cautiously optimistic. If he's able to eat and drink and not be stressed, those would be further good signs.
How is he doing now? If he's still sleeping or resting comfortably, that would be awesome.
I'm really curious to see how everything turned out with Mojo.