Q: Has anyone sedated their cat during long travel before?

October 16, 2008 | By Brit E. | 11 answers | Expired: 2662 days ago

Brit E.

I am moving several states away, by car, and my tabby is horrendous while driving or even in a carrier in general. She screams, pees, poops, you name it. Someone suggested sedating her for the trip, and I was wondering if anyone else had tried it, and whether they would recommend it or not.

Readers' Answers (11)

Oct 16, 2008

Yes, I have several times for moves between states. It can be done.

I would recommend you get a pill dispenser. It's a pipe like gadget that you can put the pill into and inject it into the cat's mouth.

Get everything ready ahead of time - you will need a 3 cc syringe (no needle) with a couple of cc's of water for flushing the pill down after you insert it into the cat's mouth with the pill dispenser.

Put the cat on a surface at waist level so you can hold and control him better. Open the jaw - you'll need to have avet or tech show you how to do this. Insert the pill and follow with a cc, ive or take of water. Hold the mouth shut for a couple seconds after that if you can to make sure the cat doesn't spit the pill out.

Sometimes I dab the pill in some canned food so it is tastier. But dont' give your cat much if anything to eat before yu head out on your trip.

Ask your vet for a test dose before your planned trip to see how your cat responds. Start with a lower dose and work up if needed. One time a vet overdose my cat by giving him a second dose of what his partner had prescribed when I wasn't able to get all of the med in my cat. That was very scary for me, but he came around and is just fine now. That's why I say, start with the lowest dose and work up if needed.

It was hard for me at first, but I learned to do it. You can try some practice pills before you go. My cat did great with the medication. We have had some great trips together.

Hope this helps. Message me if you have more questions.

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Nelson M.

Oct 16, 2008

My cat, Clarence, was insane during travel. Aside from vet prescribed medication, Clarence was calmer resting inside of a pillow case (head first) while in his carrier.

Good luck.

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Alessandro B.

Oct 21, 2008

when I had to fly here from Europe I asked my vet and he told me that I could give the cats a natural tranquillizer, specific for pets. They wont; go to sleep but they will be calmer, it's herbal, and you have to start giving it to them ywo or three days earlier. I have to say they were good, but of course it is stressful for them to travel...

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