Dehydration can suck. It causes the loss of vitamins and minerals.
So, feeling refreshed after constant vomiting or pooing becomes the next best thing.
Pedialyte’s are a great source of electrolytes and sugars. These include sucrose and glucose.
Humans take this drink to boost sugar levels, but have you ever wondered if cats can too?
Grab a chair, and let’s explore if you’re curious!
What is a Pedialyte, and what is it useful for?
Pedialyte was made with sick children in mind.
It is used to replace nutrients that may have been lost as a result of dehydration.
Other reasons for its use include replenishing the loss of fluids and minerals, causing deficiencies in the body.
Overall, it brings relief from the effects of dehydration. They are now more commonly used by adults after exercise.
Pedialyte’s are also useful in cases of hangovers and for sicknesses too.
This nutrient replacement contains nutrients like salt, potassium, and magnesium.
It has a fast rate of absorption and is taken quickly into the bloodstream.
The mixture of these elements usually causes increased levels of sugar in the blood.
It also provides relief from dehydration related symptoms.
How do you know if your pet is dehydrated?
Look out for signs like loss of appetite, increased heart rate, and panting.
Exercising or being in hot weather can cause water loss.
Your cat can also lose body fluids from pooing or vomiting too much.
After this unpleasant experience, your feline friend can refuse to drink water.
Other symptoms include dry skin, slowness, and tiredness.
You may also notice dryness in spots like the nose, mouth, and eyes of your cat. Try to observe if your pet’s eyes appear sunken.
Watch out for your cat acting depressed and not caring much for anything.
If you notice that your pet is not acting normal or responding well to things, you should go for some tests.
Animals react to water loss badly. If your cat doesn’t drink as much water as it should, it can lose about 8% of its weight.
So, your feline pet must get as much clean water as it needs daily.
To check if your cat is dehydrated, carefully lift the flesh between your pet’s shoulder blades.
If your cat isn’t too over or underweight, the skin should go back to its usual form.
For cats that are experiencing water loss, the flesh may not return to its former spot quickly.
Can you give your cat Pedialyte?
Yes, you can.
It is relatively safe for your pet if you do all the right things.
What should you do if your cat is dehydrated?
Make sure to see the vet as soon as possible if you notice anything strange.
There are a lot of reasons why your pet might be experiencing water loss.
Never assume that it’s because your cat hasn’t had enough to drink. This might not be true.
It could be as a result of some other condition. So, it is usually best that you see a vet first in cases like these.
Kidney problems can affect how hydrated your pet is, just like in humans.
Older cats and those that are nursing their kittens are more at risk. Cats that have diabetes may experience the same problem.
Their kidney’s usually working at reduced levels.
Give your cat the unflavored type of Pedialyte. Please do this by mixing it in water for your pet to drink.
A bottle or syringe can also be used to administer Pedialyte too. Please give it to your cat at a rate of one hour per tablespoon.
However, this should never exceed three times in one day.
As soon as this nutrient replacement begins to work, you will immediately notice some positive changes.
How do you prevent your cat from being dehydrated?
Let your pet have access to clean water always. Make sure to change your kitten’s water daily.
Also, always wash it’s drinking bowl thoroughly to avoid harmful bacteria.
This prevents germs from building up, especially in warm places.
Study your pet, especially if it is the picky type. Know when it likes to drink water and its particular spot.
Notice your kitten’s favorite drinking bowl and how much it consumes.
You can place various drinking bowls in your pet’s specific drinking areas. It will make observing your cat’s habits easier.
After, you can then adapt to your feline pet’s needs.
Your kitten might hydrate too quickly after diarrhea or vomiting. To prevent this, place an ice cube in your kitten’s bowl.
It allows your cat to take in water slowly as the ice melts.
When traveling with your kitten, be sure to be prepared. Cats aren’t too fond of leaving their homes and may fall sick.
It can be stressful, so make sure your pet gets enough pause time.
Also, pack as much clean water as you can during the journey.
Now, you know how best to take care of your cat when it is dehydrated.
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