How To Sedate A Cat For Grooming? Most cats do not normally need to be sedated before grooming. Although, some become overly excited because of this experience and needs some form of sedation needed.

The forms of sedation discussed here are as follows:

  1. Using Sedatives Prescribed by your veterinarian,
  2. Aromatherapy,
  3. Pheromone sprays.

Lets come to the topic and understand the above mentioned points in detail.

How To Sedate A Cat For Grooming?

How To Sedate A Cat For Grooming?

Using Medication To Sedate A Cat

  1. Read Instructions Provided By Your Veterinarian. Some medications must be given on an empty stomach in order to obtain desired effects.
  2. To check thee label to make sure that you have the correct medication in dosage which our vet prescribed specifically for your cat.
  3. Gently place your cat inside a pillowcase. Making sure to leave its head exposed.
  4. Sit on the floor. Securely holding your cat with gentle pressure from your legs. An easier method may be to have someone else hold your cat, while you dispense the medication.
  5. Apply slight pressure on the sides of  yourat’s mouth. using the thumb in forefinger of one hand to gently Popen the orifice.
  6. A pill may be coated with butter to prepare for an easy swallow. Quickly insert the pill or gel into the cat’s mouth on one side near the cheek.
  7. Grasp the cat’s head and pointed upward, while softly rubbing its throat in order to stimulate the swallowing reflex.
  8. Keep the cat’s head in this position dor a few seconds.
  9. Remove your cat from the pillowcase and release it.
  10. Praise your cat for good behavior by offering a treat or kind words.
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Sedating A Cat Using Aromatherapy

How To Sedate A Cat For Grooming?

1. Choose a scent that will produce calmness in your cat. Scents recommended for calming are Neroli oil from citrus, Lavender scented geranium, Rose or Calendula.

Scents used to encourage sleep are Lavender, Jasmine, Hyacinth, and Chamomile. Other helpful essences are Cherry plum, Star of Bethlehem, Rock rose, Impatience and Clematis.

2. These aromas may be lighty sprayed on the cat or bedding to enhance a sedating effect.

Sedating A Cat Using Pheromone Sprays

How To Sedate A Cat For Grooming?

Pheromone sprays that replace cat hormones can be purchased at pet stores. These smells are reminiscent of the smell produced by cats. Normally, cats will rub these odors produced by facial glands into their owner or surrounding environment. When cats feel safe and happy then at that time they will perform this ritual.

Instructions for using these pheromones are as follows:

  1. Purchase your synthetic feline pheromone spray from a pet supply store.
  2. Thoroughly shake the bottle of synthetic pheromones.
  3. Apply a liberal amount of pheromone liquid onto your hands.
  4. Caress your cat by slowing running your fingers through its fur for spreading out the scenet.
  5. The calming effect should be observable within 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. A pheromone diffuser may be used at home or in a veterinarian’s office. This is a plugin mechanism that is filled with the synthetic pheromones.

Warnings To Cat Owners

How To Sedate A Cat For Grooming?

Never try to sedate with human drugs or medications. You only dispense drugs if it’s specifically prescribed by the veterinarian, because the veterinarian will consider the cat’s age and weight to determine the dosage.

Beware from those website who recommended that you can use benadryl for feline sedation. Felines may be injured or killed when ingested drugs formulated for humans.

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Only use medications recommended by the cat veterinarian. Remember, never spray synthetic pheromone directly on your furry baby (cat). Felines usually don’t like to be sprayed. This action may make your feline react in fear.

Also, read How to calm an angry cat?


Remember, follow the directions your veterinarian provided. This will ensure that your cat is safe it will also give you as a pet owner assurance.

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