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I have to give my cat subcutaneous fluids and I'm nervous about the injection. Any advice ?

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  • I have to give my cat subcutaneous fluids and I'm nervous about the injection. Any advice ?


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Answer #1 | 08/02 2014 12:50
The YouTube videos are great for learning how to do this. The one below is how to give a simple injection, but the other one recommended by "mircat' is also good for sub-Q fluids. Try to be CALM about it! Cats will "read" you if you are nervous or scared it that can make THEM upset, tense, and nervous. Me… kittyslave23… I know my place.
Answer #2 | 08/02 2014 12:41
If you are nervous, the best thing you can do is schedule a tech visit at the vet (cheaper than a vet, and it really is a vet tech job). Take your cat, and have them watch you do it, and give you advice and guidance when you're doing it. It's tough the first couple of times - you're afraid to hurt the cat! But after a couple days you will be an old pro at it. Just have confidence and never let on to the cat that you're nervous. It's actually easy to do at home (once you get over the fear) and can do wonders for your cat. Yes, you can drag them back and forth to the vet, but it's time consuming, expensive, and more stressful for your cat.
Answer #3 | 08/02 2014 12:18
Is this due to your cat having a problem like early kidney failure? Do you need to do this several times per week? Did you vet (or his tech) show you how to do? SubQ fluids are not hard to do and there is a fairly simple way to do without hurting your cat. It is always hard to do the first few times until you feel comfortable. If you give some details I might be able to offer some suggestions.

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