Pedialyte is a fluid originally created for children to help replace minerals and fluids during dehydration.
Usually during symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting a lot of mineral and vitamins are lost and pedialyte helps restore those.
The drink contains great sources of sugars (glucose and sucrose) and also electrolytes.
So is Pedialyte safe for cats?
Yes, it is fine and even beneficial for cats as long as you follow some simple guidelines.
How to tell if a cat is dehydrated?
The main two things that usually occur are vomiting and diarrhea which cause dehydration. Additionally exercise and hot weather can cause issues.
Other symptoms include sluggish movement or lethargy, dry skin in certain areas, loss of appetite, decreased skin elasticity, sunken eyes, panting and elevated heart rate.
Cats who aren’t drinking water can lose up to 8% of their body weight so it is important they always have access to fresh water.
How to treat dehydrated cat?
Provide them with a simple mixture of Pedialyte and water. Make sure you used an unflavored version of Pedialyte.
If your cat will not drink it own its own you can try and syringe or a bottle.
The good thing about Pedialyte is the mixture has nothing in it which could harm your cat.
You should administer in a tablespoon amounts and give only one tablespoon per hour and no more than 3 times in a day. You should see some immediate results.
If you don’t see quick results consult a vet immediately.