There are a few things that I check for dehydration.
First, I look at my cat's eyes to see if they look
sunken in - Cozette looks like she has bags under her
eyes or some dirt under her eyes when she doesn't feel
well from being dehydrated. At times her eyes look
kind of dull.
Next I feel her gums, but I need to make sure she
didn't just drink water. If they feel rubbery or
tacky instead of slick and smooth that indicates
dehydration. I usually do this test whenever I am
pilling her or if I am giving her cheek rubs. Her
gums have felt tacky even when her eyes have not been
Finally, I gently pinch up some of the excess skin
around her neck and see whether it snaps back into
place or stays pinched and very slowly goes back into
place. The cat's skin should snap back. For my cat,
she has never been so severely dehydrated that her
skin didn't go back relatively quickly. When in
doubt, I compare her to her sister (the control cat!)
or I pinch up some of the skin on the back of my hand
to see how quickly it goes back.
Good luck with the vet and I am glad that he is doing
--- pharosmommy <pharosmommy@...
> How can you tell if a kitty is dehydrated? Pharo
> eats only wet food
> and drinks a lot! Pharo is doing better today. We
> are only taking
> our normal dose of 50mg of lasix today. I have a
> call into my vet to
> ask about the spiro HCTZ. I'm thinking that might
> help. I am also
> going to take him in for an x-ray.
> Andrea & Pharo
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