Like most of us humans, your cat may experience anxiety at one point or another. Although your feline may play it cool most of the time, they too can experience the uncomfortable effects of anxiety. Changes like a new home, a new family member or even something they encounter outdoors may induce anxious behaviour in your cat. In cases of mild anxiety, a calming product may be sufficient to calm your cat alone. It may take time to work out which calming product is best for your feline friend, and in this article we explore the different types of cat calming products and explore what may be best for your home and for your four-legged friend.
What are the best cat calming products
A pet calming plug in diffuser is a natural way of tackling anxiety in your cat - it works alongside the brain’s natural messengers without using sedation.
A relaxation trainer may work better for your cat as they may respond to the noise motion system (which is triggered when the motion sensor detects when your cat is stressed). It can sense when your pet is aggravated and will switch on for 30 minutes, going back to stand-by mode once your pet has calmed down.
Our Pet Remedy Calming Spray is the perfect remedy to use in situations where your pets might get nervous or anxious such as trips to the vet, moving home, noisy firework nights and other stressful situations.
Do cat calming plug-ins work?
Cats can benefit from the use of calming plug-ins as they’re a great non-drug alternative for your stressed cat. Pet parents like the science behind the products, and the fact they carry little to no side effects. The pheromones the plug-in imitates is much like the feeling they get when they rub their face against surfaces. So when your cat smells pheromones around the house, they’re calmed because it reassures them that their home is their safe space. Effects from the plug-ins are usually noticed within 14 days, pets have different personalities and different reactions to pheromone products, so it may not work solely for you cat.
Do calming sprays work for cats?
Pet Calming Sprays are great for use in situations such as vet visits, car rides, firework nights etc as they do seem to help reduce some select signs of stress and they are safe. While calming pheromone sprays may help with many issues, they may not work for every potential issue or behavioural problem your pet may be experiencing.
How to use cat calming spray
Spray on your cats bedding or blankets, or even spray a little on your fingers and gently rub around under their chin, and top of chest! You only need a couple of sprays and this will last between 2 and 6 hours depending on the individual pet. As a rule, best not to spray directly on a pet. This avoids any association of the spray with the stressful situation.
What are the best toys for a cat with anxiety?
Catnip toys can help cats relax and engage in play, both of which can help to reduce stress. You can get catnip in its dry form for sprinkling on your cats scratch post, or to sprinkle on their bed too. You can shop our tried and tested cat toys here.
While pet calming sprays do seem to help reduce signs of stress and are safe to use for your cat in your home, it’s also important to note that they do not always address the underlying causes of behavioural issues. Always consult your vet when introducing any product into your pet’s environment.