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My 6 year old male cat suddenly began having difficulty ...

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My 6 year old male cat suddenly began having difficulty breathing. Our vet can not find any signs of posion or snake bite. X-rays showed the lungs full of congestion and he's breathing hard. Heart worm test came back negative, which our vet said was common in cats. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 10 years ago.

I'm sorry to hear your cat is experiencing this problem.

After the x-ray showed his lungs contained fluid, what treatment was given?

What was the diagnosis and when did he see the vet?

Is your cat at home at this time or at the vet's?
Is he eating, drinking and eliminating on his own?

Thanks for any additional detail.

Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Jessesmom's Post: We rushed him to the vet this morning. My husband and daughter felt like he was near death. He was fine at 7:00 AM when I had my breakfast before leaving for work. He is still at our vet. Very lethargic, very pale. He's giving him medications to draw off the fluid and a steriod. But our vet was honest with me and said "I just don't know what is wrong" We first suspected poison but his blood did not show that and the vet said he did not know a poison that would cause congestion and pulmonary edma like he has. He can barely lift his head up.
Expert:  Cher replied 10 years ago.
Hi again, and thanks for your additional information.

I'm so glad you were able to get him to the vet in time. Poor baby!

Was the vet able to aspirate any fluid from the lungs?

Is he on antibiotics? It could be pneumonia. There are other conditions which can put pressure on the lungs from the outside, like chylothorax and pylothorax:

It's possible that he was exposed to some airborne microscopic substance which caused this pulmonary reaction, but it's not showing up in the bloodwork.

I hope he'll be alright, and ask the vet if he can consult with a feline pulmonary specialist to gain more insight into his condition.

Would you keep me updated on how he's doing? Thanks.

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