5 November, 2010 at 6:37 am #41533
So people don’t have to sieve through all the threads and posts…
The tent test is to test for dehydration:
Tent test: pick up a good pinch of kitten’s skin at the neck and let go.If it snaps back immediately, she’s hydrated okay. If it takes a little time to go back down, or, worse, it stays up in a ‘tent’ shape, she needs fluids, such as pedialyte (from the supermarket, children’s aisle) or home-made pedialyte below.
Note, in the United Kingdom, pedialyte is called Dioralyte. Also known as rehydration salts.
* Pedialyte formula (from World Health Organization)…no preservatives so short life-span
* 1 cup water (boiled then cooled)
* 2 tsp sugar
* 1/8 tsp salt
* 1/8 tsp baking soda
* (this Pedialyte formula gives needed electrolytes & some sugar for energy)
Combine all ingredients and warm slightly.
Make new after 24 hours.5 November, 2010 at 6:46 pm #611670
Thanks, Jcat.5 November, 2010 at 9:35 pm #611671
No worries, GA. Hopefully, if people need to find the basic information in a hurry, it will be easier now when they sort through the pink tags…5 November, 2010 at 9:56 pm #611672
Good idea Jcat.20 January, 2011 at 5:00 am #611673
THANK YOU! I will make some straight away if I get a “tent.”21 July, 2011 at 5:14 am #611674
what kind of piadalyte is there a certain kind to get21 July, 2011 at 5:19 am #611675
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If you buy pedialyte, buy the no-flavor type usually its in the childrens section of the store.21 July, 2011 at 11:06 am #611676
This is so useful, thank you. I will make some for my MamaCat and her litter of three, since the temperatures rise up to 40 deg (Celsius!) in the shade these days.
Is it possible to substitute baking soda for baking powder the way bakers do sometimes, or do you think the kittens will hate the taste of and completely reject it?21 July, 2011 at 12:28 pm #611677
Hi, Soybean. Baking soda is pure bicarbonate of soda, which is what you need. Baking powder is bicarbonate of soda plus cream of tartar plus salt or other starch. So I guess in an emergency you could substitute it — I don’t think the cream of tartar would hurt — but extra salt probably wouldn’t help. But at least you would still be giving them some bicarbonate of soda.13 November, 2011 at 12:03 am #611678
Bump!2 November, 2012 at 4:31 am #611679
Bumping this thread for kitten season (starting in the Southern Hemisphere and ending in the Northern) and in case people find animals after Sandy.12 May, 2013 at 10:32 pm #611680
Should I almost force fed my little kitty?? He is definitely dehydated but doesn’t seem interested…13 May, 2013 at 12:14 pm #611681
Thanks SO much JCat!!! You are very thoughtful! Will copy this down in my “kitty note book”.
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