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Need to take my cat on a 8 hr car trip told to give benadryl

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Need to take my cat on a 8 hr car trip told to give benadryl any suggestion s
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 2 months ago.

Hi, i`m Richard, a Veterinarian from the UK. Hopefully I can help today.

Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 2 months ago.

Benadryl can be used in these situations as it can cause drowsiness as a side effect however its effect can be unreliable. Have you travelled with your cat before?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
No he is just a yr. Old a very loving pet that seems to be attached to me
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I am relocating. I've been told it takes 10 for a cat to adjust I don't want to do anything that would harm him if I use benadryl how much do I give him
Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 2 months ago.

The higher dose of benadryl that is safe would be 0.5mg/lb. There is also a medication called zylkene which can be used for a few days before travel and on the day of travel that can have a mild calming effect. Dosing with zylkene at 75mg twice daily, starting 5 days before your travel and continuing for 5 days after you move can help both with the travel and with the stress of the move.

Another tip I have from my own cat is to cover the cat carrier with a jacket etc, this can help keep stressy cat a little calmer if it is dark for them.

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Expert:  Richard Rawling replied 2 months ago.
Hi Barb,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Sammy. How is everything going?

Richard Rawling