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How do you all push fluids??

post #1 of 8
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My cat has been having UTI problems and my vet took a urine sample, and since it came up w/no bacteria, diagnosed her with feline urologic(sp?) syndrome? Her cramps seem to have gone, and she is not peeing near as much as she was, and NO blood, so...Anyway, since I switched her food she has been having diarreha more so than not and I'm worried about her getting dehydrated. I've been putting a little bit of canned tuna water in her water bowl to try to get her to drink more, but I'm still afraid she might not be getting enough. I bought canned food too and she just doesn't like it.(She's never liked anything but dry...I know, WEIRDO!) Anybody have any other ideas?? How much water should a cat that only eats dry food drink, say, in cups, in a day?
post #2 of 8
Hmm just guessing here, but I'd say my cats drink about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of water per day. You could perhaps sprinkle just a LITTLE bit of salt on her food to make her thirsty .. or if you have a syringe and you are that worried, you could syringe feed her some water.

Check her gums, if they're white she's dehydrated, pink she's ok. And do the scruff of their neck trick too, lift up the scruff of her neck and if it stays up more than a couple seconds she's dehydrated.
post #3 of 8
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Oh, I forgot to mention that she is a pysco cat! I stand a good chance of loosing a finger if I check her gums. I did the scruff thing this morning though and it went down fine. I'll try to catch her when she's sleeping and at her calmest, and pretend that my intentions are to pett her and try to look in her mouth. She only lets people pet her on the top of her head without scratching them(Pysco)!

That's good news about the amount of water though. I think she's at least drinking 1/3 of a cup if not more. Pumpkin helps with diarreha right?
post #4 of 8
You could also try feeding her soaked dry. Use about a 1/4 cup of dry food and a 1/4 cup of hot water and let it set until mushy. Give it to her while still warm, you could also add a little tuna water for flavor. Giving her flavorless Pedialyte to drink will replace the electrolytes she's losing from prolonged diarreah.
post #5 of 8
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Wow! I didn't know there was a flavorless Pedialyte! I was wondering how everyone got their cats to drink it!!
post #6 of 8
ice cubes in the water seems to help my kitties drink more, also If I do a 50/50 mix of water and catsip or catmilk they really really like that.
post #7 of 8
and sometimes with there canned food I mix some warm water in with that, gives them more fluid and they like that the food is warm.
post #8 of 8
I would caution you not to use salt to increase thirst as salt can dehydrate, and you can lead a cat to water but you can't make her drink. Instead you might want to invest in a fountain for your cat, as they are drawn to running water and will drink more than just out of a stand alone bowl.

Pedialyte will work as well to rehydrate.
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