Some cats just do not like being groomed, but if they’re longhaired, grooming is a necessity. If their coat is not free of mats and tangles, it can tug uncomfortably on your cat’s skin, causing discomfort. If you’re struggling to keep your cat calm during grooming sessions, there are a few different methods that you can use to sedate them. This will make grooming much more comfortable for your cat and you!
3 Different Methods for Sedation While Grooming
1. Sedative Medication
For some cats, using a sedative medication will be the most humane way to groom them comfortably. Before using any medication of this type, speak to your vet for advice. They may prescribe a particular type of sedative to best match your cat’s circumstances. You may decide to administer the sedative and groom your cat at home or book your cat in for a sedation and grooming session at your vet practice.
2. Non-Medicated Options
If you don’t want to sedate your cat for grooming using prescription medication, you may be able to find a non-medicated option to help them instead.
Any of these may help relax your cat enough for you to be able to groom them effectively.
3. General Anesthesia
In extreme cases, a vet may choose to anesthetize a cat in order to groom them effectively. This may be used if a longhaired cat with extremely matted hair has been rescued, and they need a significant amount of hair clipped away. If a cat has torn skin from mats or is suffering from other complications, like flystrike, then using anesthesia will often be less stressful for the cat.
A well-groomed cat will be much more comfortable than one with dirty and matted fur. So, rather than put off those grooming sessions because you know that your cat doesn’t like them, consider sedating your cat to keep them comfortable without any unnecessary stress.
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