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What are Fluid in the Lungs?

Fluid in the lungs in cats is also referred to as pulmonary edema, which means there is an excess of fluid inside the lungs. If not treated promptly, this can lead to the damage of your cat’s healthy lung tissue.

Your cat’s health depends on his entire body functioning correctly. While most cats do not develop significant medical issues, some develop problems that affect their overall health and wellness. If your cat has developed a condition that has led to an accumulation of fluid in his lungs, it can cause a myriad of symptoms and potentially damage his lungs.

Symptoms of Fluid in the Lungs in Cats

There are certain symptoms you may notice if your cat experiences a buildup of fluid in his lungs. The following are some of the most common symptoms veterinarians see in cats with this condition:

  • Breathing with an open mouth
  • Dry cough
  • Lethargy
  • Intolerance to exercise
  • Increased breathing rate
  • Wheezing or crackling noises when breathing
  • Bluish tint to gums and mucous membranes
  • Chest pains

Causes of Fluid in the Lungs in Cats

A variety of disorders and diseases can cause your cat to develop fluid in his lungs. Here are some of the most common causes seen in domestic cats:

  • Pneumonia
  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis
  • Parasitic infections
  • Viral infections
  • Heart Conditions
  • Tumors
  • Mediastinal lymphoma
  • Feline Leukemia
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • Obstruction of the upper airway
  • Heartworms (rare in cats)
  • Bronchitis
  • Feline Asthma

Diagnosis of Fluid in the Lungs in Cats

Your veterinarian will need some information from you before making a diagnosis. He will ask you questions regarding your cat’s overall health including any unusual occurrences during his birth and if he has been diagnosed with any other health conditions by another doctor. You will also need to let your doctor know when you first noticed symptoms in your cat. Your veterinarian will take vital signs including weight, temperature, heart rate, and respiration rate. In addition, he will draw blood for laboratory tests that may help him make a diagnosis. In veterinary medicine, a CBC or complete blood count and a chemical profile are routinely run. A urine sample will also be taken from your cat and examined. Diagnostic X-rays or an ultrasound may also be performed to help your doctor make a diagnosis. 

In addition to testing, your doctor will examine your cat thoroughly. He will listen to his heart and lungs and evaluate his neurological functions. Your doctor will also evaluate your cat’s overall behavior and mannerisms.

Treatment of Fluid in the Lungs in Cats

The treatment for fluid in the lungs in cats depends largely upon the cause of the condition. Here is an overview of treatments for some conditions that can cause fluid to accumulate in the lungs:

Asthma

If your cat is diagnosed with asthma, your veterinarian will most likely prescribe an inhaler and corticosteroids. Since asthma is worse if your cat is overweight, your doctor may place him on a diet or on prescription cat food. 

Heartworms

Unlike dogs, heartworm infections are rare in cats but they can happen. If your cat has heartworms that are causing a buildup of fluid, your doctor may treat his symptoms with medications. There are currently no safe heartworm treatments for cats.

Cardiomyopathy

There is no cure for feline cardiomyopathy, but your doctor can help manage your cat’s symptoms. He may prescribe diuretics to help your cat eliminate excess fluids and ACE inhibitors to keep his blood pressure in check. Anti-clotting medications may be administered to prevent blood clots from forming. 

Your doctor may also help stabilize your cat with IV fluids and place him in a chamber with oxygen to help him breathe. In most cases, veterinarians recommend restricting your cat’s activities so he can breathe better. If your cat is struggling to breathe or not stable, your doctor may admit him to the veterinary hospital for medications, treatment and supervision. 

Recovery of Fluid in the Lungs in Cats

Your doctor will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your cat during and after treatment. It is important to give your cat his medication exactly as prescribed and follow any instructions regarding diet and overall care. Your veterinarian may want to see your cat every few weeks until he is sure your cat is stable and recovering in the proper manner. Be sure to use these visits to keep your doctor informed about any changes in your cat’s behavior, diet and symptoms. If your cat appears to be recovering and suffers a relapse in symptoms, it is best to report that to your doctor at once so appropriate action can be taken.

If your cat has been diagnosed with cancer or is suffering, your doctor may recommend euthanasia as the best course of treatment. While this is never an easy decision, it may be the most humane thing to do. You may also opt to take your cat home and manage his symptoms with holistic or alternative treatments. Your cat will benefit if you work together with your doctor to discover the cause of fluid in his lungs and treat it accordingly. 

Fluid in the Lungs Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Cookie
Short hai
One Month
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

No eating , gasps for air

Very congested kitten. Very hard for her to breath. Vet said antibiotics I may help, maybe fluid in the lungs, in that case not much to do bc they r too little? Is that correct

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is hard to treat tiny kittens, that is true. Since pneumonia is somewhat common in kittens, the antibiotics may help, but she may also benefit from oxygen therapy until she is feeling better. You can ask your veterinarian if they offer that kind of service, or if you need to be referred to another clinic to have her treated. I hope that she is okay.

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Isla
Medium haired tuxedo
7 Years
Critical condition
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Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Cat with fluid around lungs

My 7 year old cat had laboured breathing, was not eating or drinking, lost weight. The vet did an X-ray and pulled some fluid from her lungs. 2 months prior I had given her cat grass from a grocery store and she then had diarrhea, and she was put on antibiotics. There was no other tests done when I brought her in for the breathing. No blood work or anything. Is it possible that she just had a parasitic infection from the grass? The vet said her prognosis was fatal and didn’t offer any other treatment. It was devastating to have to put her down. Now I am worried that I should have asked for more tests??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand that this is a devastating time for you and you are second guessing your decisions. However, without examining Isla I couldn’t tell you what the underlying cause for the fluid was or if any treatment or management options would have helped. Sorry I cannot be more useful at this time. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Shadow
g hair
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

wheezing, sqeeky sound

My 6 y.o. male cat started to have a sqeeky sound sometimes ( not every day) but I got concerned and took him to be checked. He is eating, acting as always ( always been sleeping more than my other cats).
After Xray I was told that his left lung is collapsed, due to probably fluid build up, lung mass, heart disease. They also told me that they cannot do anything due to the fact that they cannot visual heart very good and they can cause damage. On the other hand on the vet report heart beat are regular and can he heard ok. We have been send home on enalapril every 8hrs and prednisolone every 12 hrs for a week.
Lungs Xray show white on left and on the right the lung can be seen clear.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I'm sorry that that is happening to Shadow. Without more information on his condition, I can't add very much to what your veterinarian has already done, and the medications that he is on. One thing that might give more information is an ultrasound of his chest, as they may be able to more clearly visualize his heart, or any masses that may be there. I hope that he recovers well.

Thank you so much for your fast answer.
-Is that possible that he was living on one lung for long time, and just adapted to use only 1 lung?
-There is any way that I can send you the xrays to see ?

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Molly
Short hair tabby
14 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Mass in chest and fluid biuld up

Hi after takeing my cat of 14 to see the vet i was told she as a mass in the chest cavety and fluid in the lung he drained a lot of fluid off. we have her home she is on medication and she is eating well drinking weeing pooing seems fine at the moment what do you think please. Anita..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing more about Molly's situation, the type of fluid, the size or location of the mass, I can't comment on what might be going on. Since your veterinarian saw her and knows her situation, it would be best to call them and ask what to expect, any possible treatments, and what they think the cause of the problem is. I hope that she does well, it is very positive that she is eating and drinking well.

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Brian
British Shorthair
9 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Rapid breathing

Medication Used

frusemide

Hi,
My Brian is 9 months old. He was rapidly breathing and usually will open his mouth. So I brought him to the vet and was told that he need to warded as there's fluid in his lung. And the doctor did ultrasound and found that his heart also abnormal, probably HCM. The doctor also advised to start him with drug - Vetmedin, however I'm not so sure whether it is a good idea since Vetmedin is usually prescribed to dog only. Any advice? TQ

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Vetmedin (pimobendan) is used off label in cats by Veterinarians even though it is intended for use in dogs (occurs with many medicines not approved for certain species or even for any veterinary use); however Vetmedin should not be given in cases of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). If you have concerns about treatment, you should discuss with your Veterinarian or ask for a referral to a Cardiologist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.vetmedin.com

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Padme
dsh
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Fluid In Abdomen

My cat wentntonthe vet yesterday and they told me she most likely has FIP. I am wondering what other diseases are associated with fluid in lungs and small blood clots. Her level of is slower but she still plays, eats, and drinks.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Other diseases that can cause fluid in the lungs and blood clots might include heart disease, clotting disorders, warfarin ingestion, or cancer. WIthout seeing Padme, I'm sorry that i can't comment on what is going on with her, but your veterinarian may be able to advise you on some possible therapy to keep her comfortable.

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Romeo
Sphynx
6 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Labored and Open-Mouthed Breathing
Fluid in lungs

Good afternoon,
My cat presented with so much fluid in her lungs that only 15% and 20% of the xray in each lung, respectively, was black. The heart could neither be seen nor heard. The vet has said that removing the fluid "blind" might puncture the lung or the heart. He said that he could not hear the heart. The cat is eating very well and has healthy stools.
Please give me your opinion about whether I should put the animal down or proceed to treatment. I don't want the animal to suffer. Thank you in advance for your prompt answer and your candor.
~Jeanine

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Whether Romeo would benefit from treatment depends on the cause of the fluid buildup, of which there are many. There are relatively safe and commonly used techniques to perform a thoracocentesis, or removing the fluid. At minimum, your veterinarian will be able to assess the type of fluid to determine what the cause of the buildup may be. At best, it may give him some relief, as not being able to breathe is a terrible way to live, or die, sadly. Please follow up with your veterinarian to discuss whether he is suffering, and what the best decision for him would be. I wish you both well.

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zoe
Himalayan
6 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

hi, i really need your help today! on Friday my cat got her x ray done and the vet said, my cat have fluid on her lung not a lot, she also has heart murmur and she was born with it, her symptoms are coughing and when she breathing specially sleeping she makes funny sound, but not too too loud. the vet gave her amlodipine .0625 mg and it said for life! that really scares me, this amlodipine .0625 mg is mainly for hypertension and high blood pressure kitties, can you tell me why the vet gave her this med. thank you. connie

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker used to treat hypotension in cats, it is possible that your Veterinarian diagnosed Zoe with hypotension based on other symptoms found during the physical examination. Generally with fluid on the lungs, there are many different causes and treatment may involve diuretics or heart medications. If you have concerns, call your Veterinarian to discuss the rationale for this medication being prescribed and if you have further doubts visit another Veterinarian in your area to see if they come to the same diagnosis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM https://wagwalking.com/cat/condition/hypertension

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