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)
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.