how do cats get fluid in the lungs?

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  • Ellie CarterEllie Carter SeattleMember Posts: 2,252
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    Sometimes cats can have fluid in their lungs because of a serious heart condition. It MUST BE TREATED by a vet IMMEDIATELY if you suspect that your cat may have fluid in their lungs, as this can be sign of Heart failure and is fatal. There is nothing that you can do for them over the counter or on your own. A cat can also have pneumonia, which is caused by fluid build up in their lungs. Again, it is a very serious condition which must be treated by a vet. Depending on the amount of fluid, your cat would be given antibiotics (for pneumonia), or even have to be placed on oxygen at the vet's office. Early detection and treatment is key. The longer you delay getting treatment, the more likely your cat will not survive. It is best to take him or her to the vet if this is suspected. Fluid in the lungs means that breathing will be very difficult for your cat. It would be like a human not holding their breath when they go under water. When they come back up, they are gasping for air.
  • Valerie DurhamValerie Durham Member Posts: 8,724
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    FIP can also cause fluid to accumulate in the lungs. This disease, unfortunately, is almost always fatal. Please see your vet ASAP to make sure what is going on with your kitty.
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