It doesn’t take much for a calm cat to turn into a kitty suffering with anxiety. Even the most innocuous thing such as moving the cat bed can freak out cats. Furball’s a high-strung cat who gets sick when something stressful happens.
Moving houses led to pancreatitis. An earthquake combined with an accidentally dropped cutlery tray a week later led to urinary problems. Most recently, we discovered that his new feeding routine was stressing him out.
This resulted in vomiting and three days of refusing food. The holistic vet diagnosed Furball with stress-induced gastroenteritis causing vomiting. She said it was a catch 22 since the vomiting was stressing him out more. So what to do to calm a stressed out cat?
Calming Stressed Cats: Natural Method #1
Well, first we took Furball to a holistic vet who gave him acupuncture. There’s one point called Yin Tang that is really effective at calming not just cats, but also people. Furball has had a few calming cat acupuncture sessions before and they really worked. If you’re interested in learning more about holistic vets, check out these posts:
Calming Stressed Cats: Natural Method #2
In addition to giving Furball a cat calming acupuncture treatment, the vet prescribed calming herbal supplements. The supplements are made by a company called Resources and it’s got a really long name: Resources Feline Anxiety & Stress, Calming Support Formula. If you’re interested in learning more, the supplements are available at the Only Natural Pet Store.
Ingredients include magnesium asparatate, passionflower, oyster shell, kava kava, unicaria, ginkgo biloba, zizziphus, licorice, schizandra, Dan Shen, biota, melatonin and more. I recognize a number of these herbs from Traditional Chinese Medicine and they are known to have calming effects.
The tablets need to be given daily so I have to balance how stressed Furball is vs. how stressd he’ll be from having a large pill shoved down his throat. If you decide to try the Calming Support Formula for your cat, you should consult with your veterinarian first.
Calming Stressed Cats: Natural Method #3
One of my favourite natural remedies for calming a stressed out cat is Rescue Remedy. This is a homeopathic tincture for humans that also comes in a version for pets. It really works! For people and pets. I gave Rescue Remedy to Furball when we flew him across the country. After the flight, I expected to see a freaked out cat, but instead found a very mellow cat.
Furball also likes to lick this stuff off my finger and considers it a treat, so giving him this natural remedy is really easy. You can find it on Amazon here:
Furball’s holistic vet also recommended Rescue Remedy Cream. This is the human hand cream version. The vet suggested that I dab a small amount inside my cat’s ear to help calm him down. I’ve done this a number of times and find it helpful too. Between the liquid tincture and the cream, we’ve got things under control for calming our cat. Please consult with your vet before giving this to your cat.
So, there you have it, my reviews of three natural ways to calm a stressed cat. Hope you find what you need for calming your cat! Hmm, maybe an exclamation point after that sentence isn’t very calming?