Sunday, January 30, 2011

SubQ 2nd Attempt



There is a lot of useful information available on the internet about how to administer subcutaneous fluids.  Apparently, the flow last time was perfect.   Jay was just startled because he's not used to it.  You want it to go pretty quickly so the kitty doesn't have to stay still for too long.  Even the most cooperative cat is only going to put up with so much.

My daughter and I attempted administering the fluids again today.  She got the treats and Jay eagerly jumped into my lap.  Once again, he barely reacted to the needle stick.  He only wiggled a little when she turned on the flow.  After a few minutes, I began to feel moisture in my lap.  Then, I noticed liquid on his fur.  What?  I know I got the needle in.  This time I was the one who freaked and disconnected.  I think I managed to get more fluids into my jeans than I did into Jay.

Later, researching on the net, I discovered a blog a man wrote about giving his cat fluids on a daily basis due to kidney disease.  He said this happens on occasion when the needle goes in too far and pushes out the other side of the "tent" of skin.  All you have to do is pull the needle back a little.  Oh...

Here is a very helpful link should anyone finding this post in the future need to do it themselves:  http://weirdstuffwemake.com/weird/stuff/pets/cats/sophia/catjuice.html.  Or if you just want to read about a really cool cat that even went camping with his person.  (I almost wrote owner, but any cat lover knows you do not own a cat.)

We'll try again tomorrow.  

10 comments:

Tempo said...

Dogs have owners...Cats have staff

joanny said...

I.C. your owner is clever- she gets you to give her treats and attention, little did you know you were watering your own lap, she was probably purring- laughing at the whole situation thinking how funny humans are.

You are wonderful for doing this for the little darling whatever your efforts she has extra time to enjoy life here now.

Joanny

Brian Miller said...

i second joanny's praise i would pass out...i hate needles...

Oilfield Trash said...

I agree with Tempo. lol

Jen said...

More like cats have slaves. And we willingly do their bidding...

Needles and blood in the movies makes me squeemish, I'll pass out if you give me a shot, but I have no problem giving them. Does that make me a sadist?

AmyLK said...

I could not do the needles! YUCK! Glad he's home and things are getting better!

Friko said...

Giving your cat fluids?
I was lucky if my cats let me give them a pill.

I own a dog now, no cats at the moment; he's as much trouble as I can cope with.

Kelly said...

Sounds like there's more to this process than originally thought. At least this time he didn't freak out!

I'll stick with my dogs and the problems encountered there. (which this past weekend were pretty nasty!)

Janice said...

You are so right...you do not own a cat. My two run the house!

Jenners said...

Oh my gosh ... I don't think I could do this in a million years. You are one dedicated cat owner ... and I hope that this gets easier and Jay get better!

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