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We think our cat has swallowed some sort of oil or varnish

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We think our cat has swallowed some sort of oil or varnish from outside, we've washed him but he keeps panting and crying and he wont let us near him?
Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. The Expert will know if the cat will be able to digest that. What is the cat's name and age?
Customer: His name is ***** ***** he's 2 and a half
Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Pete?
Customer: No he has a clean medical history
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simon replied 7 months ago.

Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda. Just a few minutes as I type my response

Expert:  Linda Simon replied 7 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear that this has happened.

The panting is a huge concern as this is very abnormal in a cat and indicates they are not getting enough oxygen.

This is a true emergency and he does need to be brought to the vet now. They will likely give him oxygen to stabilise him and will then determine the cause. If he has swallowed oil/varnish it may have gone down his windpipe and be causing a serious pneumonia. Alternatively, something else may have happened such as a trauma resulting in a punctured lung/hernia etc.

They may well want to perform xrays to have a look at the lungs

Expert:  Linda Simon replied 7 months ago.
Does this all sound ok? Please do feel free to ask any further questions and to keep me updated on Pete
Expert:  Linda Simon replied 7 months ago.
Hello, how is Pete getting on?
Expert:  Linda Simon replied 7 months ago.

Good afternoon, this is just Dr Linda checking in for the final time as this question remains unrated and open.

Please do not forget to rate the answer by selecting the stars at the top of the screen so I may be compensated for my time. Even after rating we can continue the conversation.

I do hope Pete is now fully recovered from his misadventure :)