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Can I give my cat benadryl or ativan to calm her down

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Can I give my cat benadryl or ativan to calm her down
Submitted: 6 years ago.Category: Cat
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Cat Vet: Dr. Andy, Medical Director replied 6 years ago
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Hello,
I can't legally comment on giving a cat ativan, unless your vet has prescribed it, but you can give benadryl.

Benadryl can be given at a dose of 1mg per pound of body weight. Keep in mind, Benadryl tablets and liquids come in different sizes.
So, a average size cat can get about 1/4 to 1/2 tablet of a 25mg benadryl. If you give liquid, you would need to give 3-4mls, which is a lot to have a cat take.

If ineffective, there are other sedatives your vet can prescribe.

Good Luck
Dr. Andy



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Cat Vet: Dr. Andy, Medical Director replied 6 years ago
One other thing to point out definitely worth investigating:


By far, the most popular supplement to help with cat stress and anxiety is Feliway:
Feliway Link

A nice supplement that may not be enough by itself but well worth using. You cannot smell it, so nice alternative.

Good Luck
Dr. Andy



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Customer reply replied 6 years ago

So, I don't have to worry about side effects except maybe the cat sleeps

Cat Vet: Dr. Andy, Medical Director replied 6 years ago
I rarely run into any side-effect with the antihistamines.
Sometimes, with sedation, it can also cause loss of appetite, but that would be my only primary concern.

Dr. Andy



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