Thursday 29 January 2009

Feline Chronic Dehydration

Feline chronic dehydration can be due to prolonged vomiting, prolonged diarrhea. Or during illness it may be due to fever and not drinking enough. Dehydration involves the loss of water and electrolytes, which are minerals (e.g. sodium, potassium etc.).

The skin loses its elasticity. For example, the skin at the back of the neck will not spring back into place but stay where it is, if pulled gently. The gums will not look wet (glisten) but be dry. Treatment is, as expected, rehydration by administering fluids and the prevention of fluid loss. Treatment should be prompt (always advisable in fact).

For mild dehydration simply drinking more will suffice. If the cat won't drink, an electrolyte solution by bottle (baby bottle) or with a syringe can be given (injected gently into the mouth between the cheek pouch and the back teeth).

cat syringe food drink
Kitten being fed wet food by syringe - photo by Tom Poes - the cat is a Ragdoll.

Pedialyte Oral Electrolyte Maintenance Solution, Unflavored, Case of 8 Bottles- each 1 qt (1.8 fl oz) - this is suitable for cats say Dr Carlson and Giffin as a way of treating feline chronic dehydration. It is a liquid manufactured for children. The dosage should be 2-4 mls per lb per hour but a vet's advice is recommended on dosage and treatment.

Feline Chronic Dehydration to Cat Health Problems

Source: Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook - Picture published under creative commons:

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