I have a cat that’s fifteen years old. For roughly fourteen of those years, she was the model of perfect health. But, as age catches up to us all, it caught up to her. She has failing kidneys, which is pretty common with cats. The vet advised that I begin giving her subcutaneous fluid injections, which is essentially giving her an injection of liquid under her skin. This helps cats with her problems because the additional fluids in her system makes it a little easier on her kidneys while they do their thing.
The vet did the first injection and walked through the process step by step. They made it look easy, but when I got home and started trying myself, the first few attempts were less than stellar. Each time, the cat ended up with fluids, but getting there was often a bumpy road. The IV lines and needles were a struggle to get together and set up properly. A couple of times the needle went under her skin and then came back out, so when the fluids started going, they were merely getting her wet. Some times the needle was in but the drip was so slow that I had to start over again. She struggled to stay in one place, often wiggling away from the towel I had set her on. The first few times saw a terrified, trembling mess….and the cat was usually in pretty bad shape too!
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