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.