tent test for dehydration and home-made pedialyte recipe


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    jcat
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    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.

    Home-made pedialyte:

    Pedialyte:

    * 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.

    #611670
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    GizzysAuntie
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    Thanks, Jcat.

    #611671
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    jcat
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    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…

    #611672
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    Buttercup
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    Good idea Jcat.

    #611673
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    BunnyDee
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    THANK YOU! I will make some straight away if I get a “tent.”

    #611674
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    elissasteckler20
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    what kind of piadalyte is there a certain kind to get

    #611675
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    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew
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    If you buy pedialyte, buy the no-flavor type usually its in the childrens section of the store.

    #611676
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    soybean
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    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?

    #611677
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    jcat
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    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.

    #611678
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    jcat
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    Bump!

    #611679
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    jcat
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    Bumping this thread for kitten season (starting in the Southern Hemisphere and ending in the Northern) and in case people find animals after Sandy.

    #611680
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    Izziesmommy
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    Should I almost force fed my little kitty?? He is definitely dehydated but doesn’t seem interested…

    #611681
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    bumblebee
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    Thanks SO much JCat!!! You are very thoughtful! :) Will copy this down in my “kitty note book”. :)

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