Dehydration In Cats

Dehydration is the loss of body fluids and often the loss of electrolytes (minerals). Illness, fever, prolonged vomiting and prolonged diarrhea are all causes of dehydration.

To test your cat for dehydration, gently pull up on the skin of the upper back. It should snap right back into place. The cat is dehydrated if the skin falls back into position slowly or stays up in a peak. Another indicator of dehydration are the gums. The gums are normally wet, when dehydrated they will look dry and feel tacky to the touch.

Treatment is to bring the cat to the vet for prompt care. An IV will need to be administered to replenish fluids and restore electrolyte balance.

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  1. Don’t forget the sub q fluids which can also be used!

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