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Hi there, you are through to Dr Linda. Just a few minutes as I type my response
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
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I do hope Pete is now fully recovered from his misadventure :)