Cats have a very fine mental organization. There are times when the use of sleeping pills is the only way out to relieve the pet of stress. What drugs are allowed to use and how to do it right?
When can I use sleeping pills for a cat?
Situations when you need to calm your pet are very rare and are critical:
- Transportation. Cats do not like a drastic change of scenery. Any travels, even regular trips to the doctor, cause severe stress in these animals. Very active pets can turn a trip into a nightmare for the owners. Others are badly rocked on the road. To avoid unpleasant situations in transport, it is better to give the cat sleeping pills before the trip.
Not all cats calmly endure trips, some would be better off traveling in a state of sleep
- Medical manipulations. A visit to the veterinary clinic is an unpleasant adventure. All kinds of manipulations, a fence of tests and other physical “harassment” annoy the cat and can seriously enrage her. The best way for a free examination is to completely immobilize the cat with sleeping pills.
- Correction of behavior and rehabilitation during recovery. Unfortunately, some cats require surgery to provide medical care. The postoperative period is associated with many points when the cat's mobility should be limited. Also, sleeping pills and potent sedatives are prescribed for overly aggressive, hyper-excitable pets, animals during sexual hunting.
- Groomer procedures. Show pets or very furry domestic cats periodically require visits to cat beauty salons. Of course, when a pet is accustomed to various cosmetic manipulations from infancy, there is no particular trouble with guiding beauty. Otherwise, the use of sleeping pills is simply necessary.
How sleeping pills affect the body of a pet
Sleeping pills have different exposure durations. Conventionally, they can be divided into:
- Short-term. These drugs are effective for no more than 2-3 hours. They are mainly used during trips or groomer procedures. These funds relax the animal very much. The cat may not sleep, but she will allow any liberties with her body. Also, these drugs are great for animals while traveling.
- Medications with an average duration of action. It is used in preparing a cat for anesthesia, the presence of a convulsive syndrome, for medicinal purposes. It should be remembered that getting involved in taking these drugs is fraught with consequences - with their frequent use, the cat has a real drug addiction.
- Means of prolonged (prolonged) action. It is impossible to find such drugs on the free market, even in the network of veterinary clinics. These are prescription drugs that can only be used by a veterinarian. Long-acting hypnotics have the advantage of acting as a powerful painkiller. But there is a drawback - if the dosage is exceeded, the animal may no longer wake up. Therefore, even if such a drug suddenly happens to be in the hands of an ordinary cat owner, it is better to abandon its independent use.
Once I watched the effect of short-term sleeping pills on my cat. I needed to deliver one of my pets for sterilization. Cats perfectly read information regarding their safety. Therefore, I could not catch one of them by the appointed time (my pets live in the yard, and they have a lot of options for departure). Then we went to the trick. The veterinarian gave me a syringe drug (it was about 1 ml). My task was to try to give the cat an injection at the withers with this syringe. It was a real military operation for me. By tricks and sweets, I lured the cat, and I managed to carry out the plan. After 10 minutes, the medicine worked. The cat didn’t quite sleep, but you could really do anything with it. If compared with a person, I would describe this condition as severe intoxication, when it no longer pulls “to exploits”, but strongly puts you to sleep.
Types of sleeping pills
Hypnotics come in two forms:
- Medication. These products are based on chemical compounds. They have a pronounced effect, more deeply affect the body of the animal and are used in serious situations. Available in the form of tablets, solutions for injection, drops. Many of them are difficult to tolerate by animals, so they can only be used in veterinary clinics:
- Homeopathic. Created on the basis of herbs and have a mild effect. These are sedatives rather than sleeping pills. Available in the form of herbal infusions, drops, tablets. Most often they are prescribed when the cat just needs to be reassured before a short trip, to reduce the effect of stress, and to alleviate the painful state during sexual hunting. The use of homeopathic remedies is justified for animals with poor health in relation to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Also, homeopathy is best used for kittens, aging animals, weakened cats. Such funds include:
- Cat Baiyun;
- Stop is stress.
Table: Overview of the most popular sleeping pills for cats
|Title||View||Release form||Composition||approximate price|
|Drops (10 ml dropper bottle)|
- Valerian officinalis;
- Scutellaria baicalensis;
- common hops;
|cat Baiyun||Herbal tea contains:|
- hop cones;
- Buchera ivy;
- lemon balm;
- St. John's wort
- marshmallow sushnitsa;
- peony roots;
- distilled water.
The composition of the tablets further includes:
- calcium stearate.
- 100 p. / 50 tablets;
- 130 p. / 3 bottles of 10 ml.
- Scutellaria baicalensis;
- peony root;
|Injection||The active substance is xylazine hydrochloride.|
- sodium metabisulfite;
- lemon acid;
|Rometar||The active substance is xylazine hydrochloride.|
- methyl paraben;
- water for injections.
|Vetranquil||The active substance is acepromazine (in the form of maleate).|
water for injections.
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- Vetranquil has a calming and muscle relaxant effect, and also enhances the effect of sleeping pills and local anesthetics
- Xylanite is used to calm, anesthetize and muscle relaxation during clinical examinations, X-ray studies, to immobilize anxious and aggressive animals, including during transportation
- Rometar has a pronounced analgesic, muscle relaxant, anesthetic effect
- Stop stress is an effective sedative drug for cats, which is used to correct behavior, as well as prevent stress and its unpleasant consequences.
- Fiteks are calming drops for cats
- Cat Bayun - a sedative medicine based on natural plant components
Use sleeping pills for cats should only be after consultation with a doctor. There should not be any amateur performances. This is especially true for medications. With self-administration, the dosage prescribed by the veterinarian should be strictly observed, since an error can cost a pet's life.
It is strictly forbidden to use drugs designed for humans as sleeping pills. When using any medication for sleeping pills, simultaneous administration with any sedative drugs should be excluded.
Contraindications and side effects
As contraindications to the use of medications, specialists noted:
- heart failure;
- respiratory tract diseases;
- hypothermia (low body temperature);
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- mechanical damage to the gastrointestinal tract.
Side effects from the use of sleeping pills are expressed in:
- lowering blood pressure;
- hypersalivation (salivation);
- increased breathing and palpitations;
- increase or decrease in body temperature;
My cat, for example, Phytex does not tolerate at all ..... the effect is zero and besides it is smelly and apparently very bitter, because it writhes from it like that, it's just horror ..... maybe it helps someone, but we definitely don’t !
Miracle tablets are nothing more than barbiturates. If you need to calm the animal humanely, then do not rely on a miracle, there are no such drugs that cut off completely safely. You can give herbal extracts, but I would not expect any stunning effect from them. For a couple of years, we sentenced a bottle of Jerob, and then Helvet began to produce Phospasim. Personally, I am very happy, I’m glad that there are not only tablet forms but also injections, I pity them more. There are also such Stop-Stress pills - they depress the central nervous system, are made on the basis of Phenibut, the animal becomes a "solo", a third eyelid can come out. It may be nothing for transportation, but it is absolutely not suitable for exhibitions.
Our family member and the most beloved and dear cat Cleopatra. She is already 5 years old and literally six months ago she started to have anxieties, which manifested themselves in the form of a sharp jump during rest and constant meowing. By the way, she was never wronged, much less beaten, but the constant meowing day and night drove us crazy. And sharp jumps became more and more dangerous, because she sleeps and just rests between our pillows, and, of course, claws into everything that is nearby. And having scoured the entire Internet, I found many options for various sedatives, mainly on herbs and drops of stop stress based on Phenibut. To say that the drops allowed two weeks to sleep peacefully, to say nothing! Cleopatra also sleeps great, you can move pillows next to her and slam the door in the room, she no longer jumps off as before, but not sleepy (not in a trance) at the same time. Of the minuses, only an unpleasant taste. We did not notice any negative consequences or reactions, the cat just feels more comfortable. The course, according to the instructions in our case, is up to 4 weeks, but at the end of the course we go to the veterinarian unambiguously, because you will not become a cat with phenibut for life.
No matter how serene the life of a furry pet is, fate can make its own adjustments quite unexpectedly. To relieve the already intense stress, you can help your pet by using various sedatives, and in severe or emergency cases, sleeping pills. But in any case, this should only be done after consultation with a specialist.