Do you ever notice that you cat gets stressed out? It’s certainly a hot topic during the popular firework times of year. As these sound booms can stress all pets out. But an axious cat isn’t limited to just this time of year. If you find your cat is stressed out here is our list of the best calming products for cats to ease cat anxiety.
How to Tell if Your Cat is Stressed Out
Just like when a cat is ill they tend to not show your traditional stress symptoms. Of course, there is the obvious of your cat hiding. Cats are highly territorial and they should be confident in their space. If your cat is hiding all day long then they are letting you know they are stressed.
A less obvious sign is your cat not using the litter box. While this could be the sign of a serious medical condition it also can be a sign of a stressed cat. Cat’s spray to mark their territories it’s a common habit to occur if they don’t feel safe. By making it smell like them it helps put them at ease.
You may also know your cat is stressed if they are over grooming themselves. Sometimes this is to the point of the cat making bald spots on their body from grooming the same area too much.
Lastly, aggression is another sign of a stressed cat. This happened when our cat was sick and he become stressed over treatments and just feeling lousy. He would suddenly start beating other cats up in the house when they were his normally afternoon nap cuddle buddy. Getting his medicine in check helped but also a combination of the products below.
Our Favorite Cat Calming Products
Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Cat Chews
This supplement is disguised as a cat treat is a natural, delicious, chicken liver flavored way to calm your kitty. You’ll want to have these calming chews on hand for any stressful event, like trips to the vet, travel, parties and boarding. They’re also great for managing everyday stress and behavioral issues without making your pet sleepy or affecting their personality or energy level. The combined power of L-theanine, vitamin B1 and C3 promote a natural calm in anxious animals. This supplement is safe to double or triple the dose as needed.
I recommend these plugin diffusers ALL the time! When we started using these around the house it totally changed out dynamic for the better. It eased any tension between cats and just helps keeps the peace. I always joke that I know they have run out when I hear someone hiss.
Feliway is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure. By mimicking the cat’s natural facial pheromones, Feliway creates a state of familiarity and security in the cat’s local environment. As a result, Feliway can be used to help comfort and reassure cats while they cope with a challenging situation and help prevent or reduce the stress caused by a change in their environment.
VetriScience Composure Behavioral Health Bite-Sized Cat Chews
Composure Feline chews are for cats exhibiting nervousness, hyperactivity, anxiety or responding to environmentally-induced stress. It is an advanced formula that contains a combination of factors not found in other calming formulas, which supports balanced behavior. Calming formula providing C3 Calming Complex, L-Theanine and Thiamine to ease nervousness without affecting your cat’s personality. It begins working in just 20-30 minutes. Dosing can be doubled or tripled to achieve the desired result if needed.
If wall diffuser aren’t your look then there is another option in the pheromone world. Calming Collars use patented Good Behavior pheromone technology.
The collar uses a pheromone that mimics the one mother cats produce to calm their kittens, the collars are clinically proven to reduce or eliminate stress-related behavior such as inappropriate marking, destructive behavior, clawing and anti-social behavior. Collars help alleviate problem behaviors triggered by travel, thunderstorms, fireworks and new social situations.
This collar continues to release calming pheromones to your cat for 30 days. It can be used for cats of all ages and breeds without long-term side effects. Fits neck up to 15 inches.
Rescue Remedy Stress Relief Pet Supplement is well-known by pet parents for safe, natural stress relief. This homeopathic solution is alcohol-free and recommended by veterinarians for calming your cat or dog during stressful situations.
It’s helpful for cats that are afraid of everyday things like thunderstorms, fireworks, going to the vet or being groomed. Rescue Remedy also helps pets after they’ve experienced a distressing event, such as separation anxiety, moving or getting lost.
It’s made from a combination of five flower remedies, including Star of Bethlehem, Rock Rose, Cherry Plum, Impatiens and Clematis. It’s easy to administer just use the dropper to add a few drops to your pet’s water bowl.
This spray is just like the diffusers you can plugin to the wall around your house. But I always keep a bottle of this portable magic on hand. Why have both? I use the spray for spritzing inside their carrier blankets before we go to the vet. For a double dose I will also spray the car we are taking to the vet about 20 minutes before we go as well. It’s great to target items your cat will be interacting with in high stress situations.
We use CBD oil for our cat with Chronic Kidney Disease. It helps him in so many ways, boosts is lowered appetite, reduces inflammation in his body, also while the vet says she never notices any pain if he were to have any this would also help alleviate. If that wasn’t enough though CBD is also ideal for reducing anxiety in cats. Administering is easy you simple add a few drops to your cats food and that is it!
This is the most expensive option of the list but also the most innovative solution. RelaxoPet PRO is the innovatively protected all-in-one solution for deep relaxation based on the latest, frequent (subliminal) vibrations for all cats in a compact design. You may be wondering if you can hear these calming vibrations but they are barely perceptible to the human ear. Never before has it been easier to create a direct and unconscious deep relaxation in a cat. It has mixed reviews but it seems most successful when you are a multi cat household and you cat does always remain indoors.
This wraps up our list of products you can try at home to calm you cat when they are anxious. There are so many products on this list that have helped improved our multi cat home. If you have found a miracle product not listed above be sure to let us know in the comment section below.