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Can a cat be given benadryl My long hair persian has huge

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Can a cat be given benadryl? My long hair persian has huge hard clumps of matted hair, tight to skin.. got outside and came back wet and matted, now dried out and hair as hard as rock, want to work on shaving hair and combing out without hurting her
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 8 years ago.
Hello,
Are you wanting to use the Benadryl to sedate her?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
yes that is what i wanted to do, i know my dog has used benadryl that is why i thought sedating the cat to help her would be best but wanted to know if a cat can be sedated with benadryl so i can clear up this horrible matting
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 8 years ago.
It's a good thought, but likely would not work.

The dose for Benadryl can be found within the following link.
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/diphenhydramine-benadryl/page1.aspx

It is roughly a dose of 1mg per 2 pounds of body weight and Benadryl comes in 25mg tablets.
But, you'll also notice that the link specifically indicates that it is very bitter.

Honestly,
I would leave it alone.
Let a professional groomer do it. They have great dematting tools for these situations.
It is really not worth your effort, the Benadryl may simply make your cat sick.

Good Luck
Dr. Andy
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