Has anyone ever given their cat Benadryl or heard of this? And yes, the doctor did tell me that I would have to give him 7 ccs or 15-16 mg per dose of Benadryl--which is much less than what is in the adult Benadryl tablet (25 mg a tablet). I know what you mean, Benadryl doesn't really make me drowsy either. The Ace or the Benedryl may just be able to take the edge off of your kitty's anxiety.The doctor said it would probably make him drowsy & sleep most of the way. He also did tell me to make sure it has ONLY Diphenhydramine in it, nothing extra. Just like in people, we all have a different reactions the drug. Both on Ace, one hyperventilated and the other slept like a baby. Doctor wants me to test it out in case I do have to end up going back there for a tranquilizer. Any other many different kinds of tranquilizers for cats? That is still going to be helpful in your situation.Cats, being the skittish creatures they are, may try to hide themselves in places of the car that can cause a dangerous situation (like under the brake pedal).A frantic cat may scratch people in the car and run around in an attempt to escape.So I went to the doctor yesterday to get my cat's annual shots & I told the doctor we were moving to Arizona at the end of May & he suggested instead of a tranquilizer (which I'd given him on our last out-of-state move) to give him Children's Benadryl for the long 13 hour or so drive?I looked at him like he was crazy, but he said it was safe.Some preparations may also contain more than one active ingredient which can lead to serious poisoning in cats.
Seeing your cat draped over the back of the sofa, it's difficult to imagine a scenario in which he would need tranquilizing.This is our 2nd out-of-state move--the first one I got a tranquilizer from the vet. Do not use the card board carriers or leave him lose in the vehicle. Yeah, the doctor told me to 'test it out' before the move.It made his eyes bug out & gave him that 'third eyelid.' He still cried most of the way there & it was not a fun experience. So it's harder to dose a first-timer (some kids can hold their "liquor" better than others).tulegirl, You were right--in looking at my records, he was given Acepromazine 10 mg tablets almost 2 years ago when we moved before. I think I'm going to buy some this weekend & try it out & watch him to see what happens. Valium/Diazepam would be over doing things and it's controlled status makes it a drug Vet's aren't willing to script out unless there is a medical need.If you think your kitty needs a sedative, it's imperative that you only sedate him using prescribed medication, and under your veterinarian's care.Always consult an experienced veterinarian regarding the health and treatment of your cat.Cats should never ride in the front seat as they can sustain serious injuries if the airbags deploy.