If you have a cat who grows anxious when it comes time for veterinarian or groomer visits, sedating your cat using Benadryl just might be a good option! Read on to find out how and when to sedate your cat using Benadryl.
Disclaimer: While this has been a generally safe method used on cats by their owners and vets alike, it is a good idea to check with your vet before giving any kind of medication to your cat.
Checking with a medical professional can ensure that the medication is safe for your cat and prevent any illness that may occur as a result.
According to Canna-Pet, Just like with any other medication, there is always a risk of side effects, and the best way to make sure your cat is safe is to consult with their veterinarian, not sites you find on the internet.
Besides checking with a vet, the most important thing to consider when giving Benadryl to your cat is the size of your cat.
Just like humans, the size, and body weight of a cat influence how a drug will act in their system. For average-sized cats, you can use either half of a 25-milligram tablet or about four milliliters of liquid.
For more information on what dose you should be giving your cat, check out the tables on Cat World’s website.
Using liquid is generally easier with animals because you can stick the syringe in their mouth and shoot the medication in, but some cats will refuse to take medication if they do not like the taste or smell of it.
According to PetMD, you can go to a compounding pharmacy and have the liquid flavored like chicken or fish, which will increase the chances of your cat actually taking the Benadryl. You can also get flavored pills to make the process easier.
What is Benadryl for Pets?
Benadryl is a medication that is used to sedate cats. It is available as a pill, liquid suspension, or cream.
Benadryl is most commonly given to cats as a pill. The pill can be swallowed whole or it can be divided into smaller doses and given as needed. Benadryl should only be given in small doses and for short periods of time. Too much Benadryl can lead to serious side effects, including coma and death.
Benadryl can also be given as a liquid suspension or cream. The liquid suspension should be mixed with food and fed to the cat orally. The cream can be applied directly to the cat’s skin or put into their food.
Benadryl should only be used for short periods of time and the dosage should be decreased gradually over time. Too much Benadryl can lead to serious side effects, including coma and death.
Steps to Administer Liquid Benadryl To Cats
Step 1. To administer the Benadryl to your cat, fill the syringe with the proper amount of liquid.
Step 2. You will want to hold your cat’s head still using one hand to prevent them from refusing the medication while actually giving them the medication with the other hand.
Step 3. Insert the syringe into the corner of your cat’s mouth so that the tip is between the teeth and the cheek and is facing the back of the head.
As you are holding your cat in this way, they might become anxious. It can help if you have another person around to help hold or pet your cat and keep them calm.
Step 4. you should talk to your cat in soothing and reassuring tones throughout this process to help keep their anxiety levels low.
If you do not have another person around to help with this step, a large towel can be used.
Step 5. Wrap your cat in the towel so only the head is free, and hold the wrapped cat against your body. Be careful not to wrap the cat too tightly.
If your cat becomes too agitated while you are administering the Benadryl, you may want to stop and try again later.
This will give your cat a chance to calm down so you can start the process again at a later time.
Step 6. A common mistake here is to tip the cat’s head back to make the process easier.
According to Vet Street, This is actually a dangerous thing to do because it can cause your cat to inhale the medication rather than swallow it.
Instead, hold their head steadily facing forward as you inject the medication from the syringe into their mouth.
Step 7. After you have injected the medication into your cat’s mouth, you will want to hold its head shut to prevent them from spitting out the Benadryl before they have swallowed it.
You can also promote swallowing by rubbing your cat’s throat or gently blowing on their nose. It is important to make sure your cat swallows the liquid before releasing them.
Steps to Administer Benadryl Tablet To Cats
If you are using a Benadryl tablet instead of a liquid, this process will be a little different.
Step 1: You will still want to hold your cat close to your body in a towel or have another person around to help keep anxiety levels, but the actual administering of the drug is slightly different.
Step 2: Once you have your cat contained, place your thumb and middle finger where the jaw hinges. Then, begin to pry your cat’s mouth open gently.
Step 3: You will want to tip their head back slightly without yanking on their neck or holding their head too tightly.
Step4: When you have your cat’s head tilted back to an angle where you can see the back of its throat, you can drop the pill in the center of the mouth and then quickly close its mouth to prevent them from spitting the pill out.
Step 5: In the same way, you would if you were administering liquid, gently rub your cat’s throat to encourage them to swallow. You will know that your cat has swallowed when they lick their lips.
Step 6: After they have swallowed the pill, give them a small amount of water via a syringe. This will help the pill dissolve in their stomach.
After all this, you can give them a treat as a reward for putting up with the process.
Step 7: Make sure you are giving them treats that will not cause a negative reaction when mixed with Benadryl.
You can do this by checking with your vet when you consult them about using Benadryl in the first place.
Step 8: If you need a visual of how this process will play out, the first part of this YouTube video gives a good overview of how to best administer liquid medication to a cat.
There are other techniques for sedation later on in the video if you are interested in exploring options other than Benadryl for sedating your feline friend.
If you are having problems giving your cat a pill, you can try methods like a pill shooter or disguising it in a treat pocket.
More information on tricking your cat into taking pills is available on Animal Planet’s website.
How to give Benadryl to a cat
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is a medication that can be given to cats to sedate them. It works by blocking the action of histamines, which are chemicals that are responsible for the symptoms of allergies, such as sneezing, itching, and watery eyes. If your cat is experiencing these symptoms, giving her Benadryl may help to relieve them.
To give Benadryl to a cat, first, make sure that she is comfortable and safe. Then, pour a small amount of the medication into her food or water. If your cat is eating normally, she will likely take the medication without being aware of it. If your cat is not eating, you may need to give her a small amount of food with the medication before feeding her again.
Be sure to monitor your cat closely for any changes in behavior or health after giving her Benadryl. If she shows any signs of discomfort or distress, such as acting lethargic or having difficulty breathing, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Side effects of Benadryl for cats
There are a few side effects of Benadryl that can occur in cats. The most common side effect is sedation, which can make your cat sleepy and less active. Other side effects can include drowsiness, vomiting, constipation, and difficulty breathing.
If you notice any of these side effects, contact your veterinarian immediately. Benadryl can be very dangerous if it’s taken in large doses or if it’s given to a cat who is already ill or injured.
If you think your cat has taken too much Benadryl, call a poison control center immediately.
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