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Our 8 year old cat has been in distress all afternoon. This

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Our 8 year old cat has been in distress all afternoon. This well mannered cat started to pee in a sofa and was visibly panting and just went to a corner of the room obviously in distress. Now 5 hours later there is saliva drenching her lower jaw and she is laying down staring at the wall, not giving eye contact when we check in her. She is rolling on the floor and meowing loud sporadically. Do you have ideas on what we should do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.

Hello there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with cats and dogs. I'm really sorry to hear that Tabbee isn't feeling well tonight. I'm afraid that I'm not set up to do phone calls, but I don't want you to have to wait any longer for a response.

I'm very concerned about Tabbee based on your description. Visibly panting in a cat is always a true emergency in my book that should be evaluated ASAP by a veterinarian. Cats are masters of hiding their illnesses, so often by the time they experience any sort of outward distress as you're describing, their condition is quite advanced. Based on your description, I fear that she is in a potentially life threatening condition. My suggestion would be to get her to the nearest veterinary emergency center ASAP.

The two most common things that can cause a cat to have respiratory distress like panting would be either heart failure or an asthma attack. Both are potentially life threatening and need immediate treatment. Asthma has a much better long term prognosis for heart disease, which is often fatal within a matter of months. Asthma can be managed for years in most affected cats. Other possibilities here would be toxin ingestion, infectious diseases, neurologic disease, among others - unfortunately the list is quite long. In any case, I would suggest getting her to an ER immediately.

Please let me know what other questions I can answer for you.

~Dr. Sara


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