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Sedative to groom a cat

Our customer asked:

Hi, my 16 year old cat has always hated being groomed. In fact she only likes
her head to be stroked and reacts badly to any other part of her body being
touched. We are used to this but she now doesn't groom herself very
effectively and she desperately needs brushed thoroughly.
Is there anything I can give her without prescription to sedate her? Even
taking her to the vet is an ordeal - I don't know what is worse, getting
her in the box or her reaction at the vet's surgery when released!

Believe it or not she is a very loving cat - but only on her terms!

Our reply:

This is very difficult. There aren't any non-prescription sedatives which are very potent. You might find that Feliway and Zylkene together would help, but probably only to a slight extent. They both do have an effect to relax cat and Zylkene makes them slightly more tranquil, but they will not sedate her as such.

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Thursday 24th January 2013