Aspiration from drinking too fast

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  1. Lizzardkitty

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    Hello. Clark recently had a trip to the vet and was diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia. I caught it early and the vet told me that means fluid in the lungs. So immediately I told her how he often dunks his head in the water dish, chokes and then drinks so fast and has a heaving/choking fit where he puts his body really low to the ground for 30 seconds before stopping to lick his lips. So here's my dilemma, he's on antibiotics and is better but today drank too fast and had a fit again. I went out and bought a fountain so we will see if this help. Has anyone had a similar experience? I'm so paranoid that my baby is suffering and I just want him better. Looking for answers.
     

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      Sorry to hear you're dealing with this issue. Hope the fountain will work! Sending healing vibes to your boy
       
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      Poor Clark, sending hugs! Let us know how the fountain goes. How deep do you make the water in the dish?
       
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        I hope the fountain helps! Our girls love theirs. Before we bought it we would sometimes leave a sink dripping slowly for them to sip at. Maybe that would be something good for Clark?

        Another idea would be to get one of those ''obstacle course" dishes that they usually use for dogs. I think if you filled it just high enough for Clark to lap up some water maybe that would help too?
         
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          Hmm our little girl needs her second shot soon.
          She's greedy on eating and drinking so this topic makes me wonder..
          Although mine is still a baby in growth so it is probably normal she's a piggy.
          How old is Clark if I may ask?
          Still positive vibes send and toes crossed the fountain works out well! :love:
          Or any other suggestion/idea's from fellow Lairians.
           
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            Clark will be a year old in November. He's doing better on meds but still has a heaving fit once and a while. I've read that sometimes cats drink too fast and throw up but Clark doesn't do that, just heaves heavy for 30 seconds. My fear is that there is an underlying issue but our vet wants us to try the fountain for a bit and my bf just says all we can do is watch him. I feel hopeless. He's acting fine but watching him go through his fits makes me feel useless because I can't do anything but wait for it to pass. If anyone on here has had a similar situation, please let me know your thoughts. Thanks for all of your support.
             
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              Hope the fountain works!
              BTW, my little Ollie does that too. Is it something I should be worried about? He's been doing it since he was a kitten.
               
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              Update: Clark is off antibiotics and using his fountain AND we raised his food bowl. I also pace him when I do see him drinking water so he isn't gulping as much and it seems to help. So far so good!
               

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                Thanks for the update. Glad Clark is doing well