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Can I give my cat benedryl for traveling

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Can I give my cat benedryl for traveling
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 8 years ago.

Are you traveling by air or by car, or another way?

Has your cat had benadryl before?

How long will the trip be?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.

We are traveling by air.


No my cat has not had benadryl before.


Total time maybe about 4 hours


Expert:  Cher replied 8 years ago.
Hello again, and thanks for reply with additional information.

If your cat is traveling with you in her carrier, in the cabin, you could give her benadryl, according to the dosing guidelines you see here, and please read re: adverse side effects:

However, if your cat will be traveling in the cargo area of the plane, do NOT give benadryl, and this would endanger her health.

Please discuss this with your vet, who is most familiar with your cat, and ask if a mild sedative might be better for her instead of Benadryl.

I hope all will be well, and wish you safe travel and Happy Holidays.

Expert:  Cher replied 8 years ago.
Hi again,

I wanted to add that if your cat is traveling in the cargo area, it is not recommended to give any sedative or medication. It's preferable for your cat to travel with you in the cabin, in her carrier, as the cargo hold is not temperature regulated, and if your cat shouldn't feel well, during the trip, if she's with you, you can monitor her and help her feel better.