At Home Method to Prevent Deadly Dehydration in Kittens

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Hi there and welcome back to Kitten School! Just a quick video today about a

common but potentially life-threatening problem that can affect kittens, which is

dehydration. I'll get into some of the main causes of dehydration in another

video but I want to show you a really simple way that can help prevent

dehydration in your kitten that you can do at home. Now our little Coconut has

had diarrhea for a few days and as a result she's a little bit dehydrated.

Coconut has been to the clinic and she doesn't have an illness or a parasite

so the diarrhea is probably a result of just her tiny stomach being unable to

digest food enzymes properly,vwhich is something she'll grow out of. To help

curb the diarrhea I've have her on a mild diet of chicken

baby food with rice and a little canned pumpkin mixed in. We obviously want to

get rid of the diarrhea because that is a main cause of dehydration.

Now there's two easy ways to check for dehydration: one is by gently pinching

the skin on the back of the neck and if it doesn't snap back quickly then the

kitten is dehydrated. Another method is to look at the kittens

gums: if they're white or kind of a grayish color that is an indication of

dehydration. Here Seegar's gums look nice and pink so that tells me he's doing

just fine. To help increase Coconuts fluid intake I'm giving her sips of

electrolyte water. I do this throughout the day using a plastic syringe.

Electrolyte water is commonly known by the brand name Pedialyte and you can buy

it at the drugstore, but I have also put a link in the video notes to a very