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Make liquid substitute for cats

During the summer months we do more outdoor activities together in the heat and this can cause dehydration and dehydration. It can be good to have hydration at home, and here we'll give you tips on how to make your own.

Dehydration and heat stroke

There are many things you can do to prevent heat stroke and dehydration. Always keep your cat in the shade and avoid exercising your cat when it's hot outside. If you have your cat on a lead, you can choose to take your walks in the morning and evening when it's cooler outside. It is also important for your cat to have access to fresh water and it is beneficial to have hydration supplements at home to further help your cat stay cool and hydrated if you see signs of dehydration.

Signs of dehydration

You can check if your cat is dehydrated by pulling the skin of the neck and lifting it upwards. The skin should then immediately fall back into place. If the skin takes longer to fall back, this may be the first sign of dehydration. It may then be a good idea to check under the lip to see if the lining of the mouth is moist and pink. Press your finger on the mucous membrane for a few seconds, then pay attention to whether the colour returns to pink within 1-2 seconds. If the colour doesn't return and feels dry and sticky, it's time to give your cat a fluid replacement.

Recipes for your cat

  • 1 litre of water
  • 1 tablespoon dextrose or honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Do like this: Mix together and serve to your cat.
Dosage: 50 ml of liquid per kilo of body weight per day. Cat's weight x 50 ml / 24 to get number of amount per hour.
If the cat is very dehydrated, it may need double that amount.

When should I contact a vet?

Contact a vet if your cat has any of these symptoms:
  • The cat vomits small amounts of water
  • Very young or old cat
  • Blood in vomit or diarrhoea
  • Vomiting and diarrhea are recurrent

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