Re: Help- Fluid Retention without Sub-Q's? Bad sign?
Hi Laura it's me again. I just found some information on fluid retention on another CRF. here is the site: http://www.felinecrf.org/treatments.htm#fluid_retention
Here is some of what they have to say about fluid retention:
Sometimes a CRF cat may develop problems with fluid retention, particularly if s/he is receiving too much fluid, either via IV or sub-QS, and/or has a heart problem. Fluid may collect in the lungs (pulmonary oedema), or around the lungs (pleural effusion) or in the abdomen (ascites).
If your cat feels "squishy" when you stroke him or her, this may indicate fluid retention, in many cases caused by overhydration from excessive sub-Qs. The cat may also show loss of appetite, because the fluid may be pressing on the stomach causing a feeling of fullness. Over-hydration may also cause hypertension.
Sometimes fluid retention may become more serious, and in the worst cases may lead to or be caused by congestive heart failure. If your cat has loss of appetite, appears to be gaining weight rapidly or suddenly, particularly if he/she also starts coughing and/or develops a nasal discharge, you need to see a vet quickly. If s/he starts breathing with the mouth open or has a limp, this is a medical emergency indicating heart problems and you need to get to a vet as quickly as possible.