Posted : 5/31/2008 4:19:32 PM
To get fluids into your kitty, take a syringe (anything over 5cc?) (sorry, I don't have mine handy to read the cc size), and force feed her fluids if you suspect that she's dehydrated. You should have no problems in doing this, but if she doesn't want to completely open her mouth, then pull the cheek out forming a small pocket and gently depress the syringe. Make sure the water isn't too cold, as this could upset her tummy, and not too much in one sitting. Give BabyCat fluids as often as you feel she needs them, or approx every 3-6 hours. Pharmacies carry the syringes, often in packs of 2-5, and they shouldn't be expensive at all. There great to keep on hand for events such as in your case. Our vet suggested these tips when my Teddy was sick with pneumonia, and wasn't interested in eating or drinking. You can get her to eat wet the same way (if that becomes an issue) by watering it down into a broth and syringe feeding her. Make sure too that BabyCat's food is warm, as cats don't eat cold food.
You can also sneak extra fluids into her food if you feed her wet/canned. Add a couple of teaspoons of water to the wet to form a broth. Not too much again as it can alter the taste of the food; defeating the purpose.
A really easy way that you can tell if your pet's dehydrated is:
Take the roll of skin that's by her neck/shoulders and give it a slight pull upwards. It should 'snap' back into place if she has enough fluids in her, but if it slooowwwlly goes back, then she may be lacking.
Another way to tell is to firmly grab her and open up her mouth. Press gently on the gums. If they seem pale or feel tacky to the touch then your kitty may be dehydrated. Healthy gums should be bright pink (not red) and have a slime/saliva over them.
My cat drools when he's really excited to see me, or if he's super relaxed. Foaming on the other hand?? I dunno.
I wish you luck!!!!! Hope some of this helps.