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    How To Sedate a Cat

    Articlecat health and wellbeingThursday 07 April 2011
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    In certain circumstances, it is necessary to sedate a cat. If they are anxious or skittish then they will need some sort of cat relaxant. A vet will be able to administer cad sedatives but there are also some home remedies that can be used to relax a cat that can prove quite effective. They are often more natural as well, this article is a guide to how to sedate a cat at home.

    Cat Sedatives – Aromatherapy


    Aromatherapy can be very effective when trying to relax a cat. Things such as lavender, rose, scented geraniums and citrus oil all work well as a calming cat relaxant. Scents such as calendula work well to comfort a cat whilst things such as hyacinth, chamomile, jasmine and lavender work like conventional cat sedatives and encourage sleep.

    Pheromones


    Some pheromone products are very effective in comforting a cat; they work by simulating scent marking. When a product such as Feliway is sprayed into the cat’s bed, it acts upon his senses and makes him think he is in a safe place thus acting like a cat relaxant. This can be used in many otherwise stressful situations to relax the cat such as when travelling to the vet or being groomed etc.

    Bach Flower Essence


    This is works in a similar way to pheromones and acts like other cat sedatives. It often comes in spray forms and is made up of the essences of flowers such as clematis, impatiens, rock rose and cherry plum amongst others. By spraying these scents on bedding, in a car or sometimes even on the cat itself, it helps to relax the cat and make any journey etc less stressful for all concerned.

    Using these methods to sedate a cat rather than the usual stressful ones can make a big difference to cat ownership and relieve a lot of stress for both owner and cat.

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