Maureen, I use the Terumo UTW 20 gauge needles.  UTW = ultra thin wall  A UTW 
20 will have the same flow rate as those 18 gauge kitty harpoons.
I get mine online from Thriving Pets.

 From: Maureen Olvey <>
Sent: Monday, May 7, 2012 8:44 PM
Subject: [Felvtalk] Giving sub-q fluids

For you guys that give sub-q fluids - 
What size needle do you use?  A friend showed me how to do it yesterday but she 
has these huge 18 gauge needles.  I'm wondering if I can use a smaller size.  
It's for my 6 month old kitten so I hate stabbing her with that huge thing.

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