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My cat is in heat. Is there anything I can do to calm her

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My cat is in heat. Is there anything I can do to calm her down? This was unexpected as she is very young. I'm living in an apartment and she is causing a lot of noise.
Hi PhyllisHall2,

You are in a difficult situation. They do tend to make a lot of noise when they are in heat. The heat cycle does usually last about a week. It may get a little better everyday.

You can give her some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 1-2 mg per pound of body weight once every 8-12 hours to possibly calm her down and put her in sleep mode. It may also help to isolate her to a bathroom or a small room. If that doesn't work, your veterinarian may prescribe a sedative. If she is making too much noise regardless of what you do, you may want to board her at a veterinary facility until she is over her heat cycle.

This will get better very soon.

Good luck.
Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.
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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
I don't have any benadry Would Tylonal hurt her? If not how much?
Tylenol is very toxic to cats. I would not use any over the counter drugs other than Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for your cat. If you do not have it, you can wait until the morning.

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