When your cat are suffering from any type of allergy, it suffers from the inflammation of skin as well. That is why, if your cat is suffering from cold or congestion, the skin of the cat would be inflamed as well.
If the allergy in the cats persists for a longer period of time then it can make the skin of the cats highly inflamed as well and that is why, it is important that you try and cure that allergy as soon as possible.
One of the best ways in which you can eliminate the allergy in cats would be by giving the cat diphenydramine which is a drug.
This drug is also present in Benadryl and therefore this brings us to the question can I give my cat Benadryl?
Many of the cat owners are asking this question to provide some relief to the cat from the allergic reaction.
Can I give my cat Benadryl?
Yes, you can do Benadryl to your cat but not without the consolidation of your vet. Benadryl can also have some side effects like making your cat sleepy or completely lazy, that is because of the drug which is contained inside Benadryl. In some of the type of cats, Benadryl can also cause dryness of mouth. In certain type of cases, where the cat is pregnant or if the cat is suffering from a heart problem, you should avoid the usage of Benadryl.
Benadryl can help your cat in eliminating the allergic reactions specially if the cat is having a weak immunisation system but your vet would be the best person to analyse whether Benadryl would be suitable for your cat or not.
Which form of Benadryl should be given to cats?
We all are familiar with the Benadryl in the liquid form but Benadryl is also present in the form of pills as well and therefore there can be easily a confusion regarding the form of Benadryl which you should be providing to your cats. The best way to give Benadryl to your cats would be with the help of the over-the-counter pills.
Before you think about giving the Benadryl pills to your cat you need to confirm that those are safe, from the vet. Generally speaking, the dosage is much lower as compared to humans. In most of the cases, the vet would be providing you with the dosage according to the weight of the cat. The proportion is 2 mg of drug per pound of weight for 8 hours. A cat weighing 10 pounds would at the most consume 20 mg in 8 hours.
After you have confirmed the dosage with the vet, you can put the pill in the food of the cat like in the fish which you give to the cat or in the cheese which the cat eats. The normal taste of the bill of Benadryl is very bitter and therefore it is important that you put it in the food of the cat and then you give it to the cat.
If you’re giving the Benadryl pill to the cat without inserting in any type of food, then drooling of the cat would start in most of the cases and the cat would start gagging and spitting as well because of the bitter taste of the pill and therefore it is important that you give the Benadryl pill in some type of food. You can also ask from your vet, regarding the way in which you can feed the pill to the cat.
Giving Benadryl to the cat in some other form:
If you do not want to use the Benadryl pill then you can think about using the Benadryl in the form of oral syringe as well which contains the oral liquid. You need to carefully measure the dosage of Benadryl which is their in the oral syringe.
If you’re giving the Benadryl to the cat you need to make sure that it is in the original form and not with any of the additions like the medicines for solving headache and some other problems.
The main ingredient of the drug which we need in Benadryl is diphenhydramine and if the Benadryl which are using is designed to cure headache and other such problems as well then there would be additional drugs as well which might be harmful for the cats in the longer term. That is why, you need to get the Benadryl approved from your vet before giving it to your cat. In some of the other types of Benadryl there is a drug which is known as acetaminophen which is actually toxic for the cats in smaller quantities also and as small as 50 mg. That is why, you need to get the
Benadryl approved by your vet and only then think of giving your cat that approved the Benadryl. The dosage should be strictly monitored and adhered to the prescription of the vet.
What are the general Benadryl options which you have for your cat?
In most of the cases, if the cat has had an Benadryl pill before than the cat would be aware of it when you slip it in, in its food. In such a case, if you can give the cat the Benadryl pill in its food then it might be able to detect it and would not consume it. That is when, you need to look into the other generic alternatives and some of the smaller Benadryl pills are also available which are coated in capsule and these do not have the same bitter taste.
If your cat is not taking the original Benadryl pills which have a bitter taste then you can go for these pills which are actually a capsule.
Benadryl these days is also available in a chewy tablet form which actually has a nice taste and especially is made for children. With the recommendation of the vet this can also be provided to the cats as well as long as the dosage is fine.
So, yes Benadryl can be given to cats but you need to 1st to get it approved from your vet, to ensure that you are giving the correct dosage of Benadryl to cats and also you need to ask the frequency of the dosage from the vet as well to ensure that you are not giving an over dose of Benadryl to your cat and Benadryl in the right dosage can certainly help curb the allergy from which your cat is suffering from.