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I have been giving fluids to my cat for years! To hang the fluids,I use a push pin, and a hair elastic, the covered kind. I thread the elastic through the hole in the iv bag and then back through the center of the elastic. This will give you a little give with the line. I also put the fluid bag upside down in a sink of warm water (about half way, just the top...) This slightly warms the fluids so it is more pleasant for your kitty. Obviously check the temp before using, it doesn't to take long! When I pick up the ruff to insert the needle, it is almost like a "tent" that has plenty of room for the needle to move without hitting muscle etc. If you let the fluids run with the scruff held gently up...the fluids will fill faster. If your kitty starts to move you have a hand at the neck and can push down gently. You can try sitting cross legged to keep them contained too!! You will be a pro in no time! I always have a hand towel for drips, and just hold your finger over the place where the needle came out.
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I just bought an IV pole when I had to give Sub-Q fluids to my cat who was in chronic renal failure. He was only 6 years old and was rescued as a feral kitten, so we don't know if he got into antifreeze as a kitten that caused it or not. He had to get 100 cc's 2 x a day. The toughest part for me was finding a pharmacy that sold ringers lactate in cases (much cheaper than buying a bag at a time) in my small town. I spent the better part of a day driving from pharmacy to pharmacy with my prescription. This was about 5 years ago.

But the pole was one of the best investments I made. I just hung the bag and then sat on the sofa with him in my lap.

Unfortunately for me, Sammy was pretty far along in his renal failure when he was diagnosed, so we only had him for six months after that.
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I just bought an IV pole when I had to give Sub-Q fluids to my cat who was in chronic renal failure. He was only 6 years old and was rescued as a feral kitten, so we don't know if he got into antifreeze as a kitten that caused it or not. He had to get 100 cc's 2 x a day. The toughest part for me was finding a pharmacy that sold ringers lactate in cases (much cheaper than buying a bag at a time) in my small town. I spent the better part of a day driving from pharmacy to pharmacy with my prescription. This was about 5 years ago.

But the pole was one of the best investments I made. I just hung the bag and then sat on the sofa with him in my lap.

Unfortunately for me, Sammy was pretty far along in his renal failure when he was diagnosed, so we only had him for six months after that.
I was thinking about getting a pole also but didn't know which one to buy, the hook on the bathroom door seems to work just fine for now, if I didn't have the stackable washer and dryer I don't know how I would do it because the first time we tried I failed miserably, I had my husband try to help me, and we put her on a blanket on the kitchen counter she wasn't having it...

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I was thinking about getting a pole also but didn't know which one to buy, the hook on the bathroom door seems to work just fine for now, if I didn't have the stackable washer and dryer I don't know how I would do it because the first time we tried I failed miserably, I had my husband try to help me, and we put her on a blanket on the kitchen counter she wasn't having it...
I don't remember which one I bought. It was adjustable, and had 3 wheels to move it around. I found that sitting on the couch, with the cat sort of wedged between me and the arm of the sofa worked best. I kept treats that he really liked next to me and fed him a few while giving him his IV.

Good luck, I know what an emotional journey this is.
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I had to do this for my old girl kitty Peanut for the last 4 months of her 19year old life. I had my wife to help, so we were always 2 people. I cant imagine having to do this myself. What worked for us, was we had her in a kitty bag, so she couldnt move. The velcro portion of the bag sits right on top where the neck starts and runs down their spine, so its a perfect spot to just undo the velcro an inch and thats where the needle goes in, right at the scruff. My wife would also squeeze the bag to help it flow faster (which was a tip the nurse gave us).
We always did it on our bed where she was the most comfy.

One of my favorite pics of Peanut & Bentley.
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I was thinking about getting a pole also but didn't know which one to buy, the hook on the bathroom door seems to work just fine for now, if I didn't have the stackable washer and dryer I don't know how I would do it because the first time we tried I failed miserably, I had my husband try to help me, and we put her on a blanket on the kitchen counter she wasn't having it...
This was the one I bought (4 wheels, not 3 like I remembered - I donated it to my vet to give to someone else who might need it after Sammy died, along with the rest of the case of Ringers Lactate I had).

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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This was the one I bought (4 wheels, not 3 like I remembered - I donated it to my vet to give to someone else who might need it after Sammy died, along with the rest of the case of Ringers Lactate I had).

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Thank you for the link, I still may end up buying one when I have to start giving fluids more than every three days, I'm thinking she will want to be in a more comfy place if it has to be given more frequently and now that she's used to it maybe she will behave on the couch like you suggested!!

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I had to do this for my old girl kitty Peanut for the last 4 months of her 19year old life. I had my wife to help, so we were always 2 people. I cant imagine having to do this myself. What worked for us, was we had her in a kitty bag, so she couldnt move. The velcro portion of the bag sits right on top where the neck starts and runs down their spine, so its a perfect spot to just undo the velcro an inch and thats where the needle goes in, right at the scruff. My wife would also squeeze the bag to help it flow faster (which was a tip the nurse gave us).
We always did it on our bed where she was the most comfy.

One of my favorite pics of Peanut & Bentley.
R.I.P Nutty.
Peanut was a stunning kitty, so sorry for your loss!!

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