Instructions for Giving Fluids

Post Published on February 14, 2010 | Last Updated on July 15, 2021 by Jenny

Below are the instructions for giving fluids:

  1. Attach tube to the bag of fluids. Note: this tube should only be used on this bag of fluids; afterwards, it needs to be discarded.
  2. If applicable, remove old needle, replace with new needle.
  3. Fill up a bathroom sink full of warm water
  4. Allow bag of fluids, tube and needle to soak in warm bowl of water for at least 5 minutes (preferably you want the temperature of the bag to be the temperature of your pet—cats body temperatures are usually about 100.5° to 102°F)
  5. Check to see if there are any air bubbles in the line – clear all air bubbles (by opening the line with the little roller closure) and spray out line into a sink.
  6. Close the line with the roller closure
  7. Poke needle in the skin behind the cat’s neck.
  8. Open the line with the roller closure.
  9. Squeeze fluid until it falls to the desired level.
  10. Close the roller closure on the line and put fluids in a cool, dry place until the next round.

For more detailed instructions, including videos, please visit’s administering fluids site.

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