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Old January 28th, 2016, 02:04 PM
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My cat has had to go to the vet for cubq fluids, they say it has to be done regularly from now, weekly. Does anyone know if this has a bad long term effect on cats?
I have been told I can do it at home and that would be ideal but we need to get used to it all first.
The vet says otherwise she is in good health, just reduced kidney function, not failure.
Any thoughts? Thanks very much.
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Old January 28th, 2016, 05:57 PM
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I suppose your vet wants to keep your cat hydrated. Is this the subcutaneous fluid? The one that goes in the back?
Is there any other way to keep the kitty well hydrated? I haven't had that experience so I don't know if it has long term effects. Sounds kind of harmless to me then again I'm not a veterinarian. I wonder if there's any research about that.
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Old January 28th, 2016, 10:15 PM
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I think the long-term effects of not giving the fluids would be much worse. It's a supportive therapy to keep kitty from getting deydrated as kidney function fails.

Have you seen this thread?: Early Stage Kidney Failure in Cat? One of our members chronicled her experience with this sub-q issue a few years back. It's a very long thread, but there are a lot of tips for administration of the fluids and a discussion of supplements for preserving kidney function.
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Old January 30th, 2016, 01:24 AM
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had another session, she actually gained weight for the first time in months so we will continue for as long as is viable. it is so good to see her eating enthusiastically again.
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Old January 30th, 2016, 11:40 PM
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No bad long terms effects of giving fluids as the cat is urinating large volumes so any excess fluids is excreted while allowing for rehydration.

The only thing is to watch the blood work regularly to ensure the proper fluid type is given as some types have different compositions.

Once your cat gets used to the process & you get used to giving fluids it's very simple to do at home & less stressful for the cat than a trip to the vet every week.
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