Yes, I'm a glutton for punishment trying to take pictures of kittens with needles in them.. but more on that in a bit.
These are the supplies as I brought them home from the shelter. The hanger is my own.
You tent the scruff. Usually when they need fluids this is a LOT easier then normal. It often does not snap back and will just sit up. My experience giving diabetic injections to my diabetic cat helped me get over my initial fear of doing this. Insulin needles are extremely thin and slide in easily. I had to give Em fluids when she got cancer and we used 18 gauge needles for her which are tanks in comparison. But it was nice because the fluid flowed in very quickly and giving her fluids took a lot less time. I have 22 and 25 gauge needles for the kittens. Even with out being in the kitten they flow a lot more slowly. once they are in it goes VERY slowly. Which is not much fun. The kitten doesn't want to be held to begin with since they are sick (hopefully. If they are so sick they don't object it breaks my heart) Then the needle goes in which is a pinch but the kittens usually object. I try to do it while they are scruffed so they don't feel it as much nor do they react as much. I then do as much distracting as possible. For Em I fed her. She would have eaten through an earth quake. Kittens I give chin scritches. I get as much fluid in as I can. If they don't object I will let it flow until it is the size of a large almond / small walnut. Once the limit has been reached, you really need to put pressure on where the needle went in while you pull it out so the fluids don't leak out.
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The girl kitten does have some nasty things to say to me. She is NOT happy I'm messing with her. The boys are much more forgiving. I have the feeling she thinks I'm the cause of her illness. I keep trying to tell her otherwise and I'm just trying to help, but she keeps telling me to leave and to stop bugging her.