There is nothing more worrisome than a cat who is obviously stressed. And, many pet parents would prefer not to use drugs to treat their stressed-out cat. Fortunately, there are a number of drug-free products available to help calm down frazzled felines. Here’s a look at a few unique – but quite effective – calming solutions for cats.
Calm Cats with Music
Music does indeed soothe the savage beast. The right music does, at least. Studies show that cats respond well to music. Fortunately, there are a lot of musical melodies your cat will adore. While You Are Gone is a music compilation that helps cats relax.
iCalmCat is an easy-to-use portable MP3 player and speaker that is preloaded with 3-hours of the veterinary-tested music from the CD Through A Cat’s Ear. This music is made specifically for cats and is based on the principle that they need environmental familiarity and consistency. Simply press and play and you’ll hear beautiful piano soundtracks. Your cat will benefit from the bioacoustic principles of resonance, entrainment, pattern identification, and frequency modulation; providing a sense of calm.
Pet Acoustics is another feline favorite. This Bluetooth speaker is pre-loaded with hours of calming music designed specifically for cats by a veterinarian. Look for the green speaker – it’s for cats. Pet Acoustics also makes a wonderful blue speaker loaded with calming music for dogs!
Calm Cats with Pheromones
Pheromones play an important role in your cat’s life. Cats use pheromones for marking territory, indicating a mood, establishing boundaries, and much more. This invisible, odorless substance is a cat’s most complex language and preferred method of communication. That’s why pheromones are also important to you as a cat owner. Using pheromones in your home can significantly reduce stress and help cats get along better with one another, with their humans, and most importantly, help them to stay calm and comfortable in times of stress.
Feliway has studied cats for years and has developed one of the best pheromone compilations. Choose from wipes, diffusers, or spray to keep your cats relaxed. These products have been clinically proven to stop spraying, scratching, and aggression in nine out of ten cats tested.
Calm Cats with Essential Oils
Essential oils, when used properly, can be very calming for cats. However, there are only a few that are deemed safe for use.
For most cats, a high-quality lavender EO is generally considered safe for occasional use if properly diluted. When diluting any essential oil for cats, always use a high-quality fractionated coconut oil (FCO) and use at a 90% dilution. When it comes to cats, less is more. Using excess oils can cause serious stress and physical injury to your cats, especially in long-term use.
Not sure you want to take on the challenges associated with essential oils? Try a product that is already tested. The Calming Collar for Cats is a product that combines lavender and chamomile essential oils with natural pheromones into a collar that lasts up to 30 days. Use it to keep your furriest friend calm through the stress of vet visits, travel, thunderstorms, or when introducing a new pet into the home.