Cats can get stressed and nervous at just about anything. Some cats may be more fearful and anxious than others. As a cat owner, you may also get frantic whenever your cat goes bonkers over the littlest things. You would get worried and wonder how you could keep them calm. We have compiled ten of the best natural ways to help keep your cat calm.
Massage is a quick fix to reduce your cat’s stress and anxiety, keeping her calmer and more comfortable. If you have had a massage yourself, you must know how relaxed and less tensed you feel afterwards. That is how it works for cats as well. Start by talking to your cat softly. Then begin massaging his shoulders gently. Repeat this a couple of times. When you feel like your cat starts to feel calm you can try gently massaging her neck, around her ears, corners of her mouth, under her chin and even her paws.
Most of us presume that catnip is a stimulant rather than a relaxant because cats enter into a delirious state when exposed to catnip. This effect is only temporary and cats would most likely resort to sleeping afterwards because of the sedative effect of catnip. Since the main idea is to keep your cat relaxed, it is recommended to give your cat catnip fifteen minutes before an event. That way, your cat will be using all her energy and will be knackered and calmer once the event takes place.
3. Chamomile, Valerian, Passionflower, Hops, and Other Calming Herbs
Chamomile tea is very soothing for humans; it also works the same way for cats. Chamomile tea helps decrease stress whilst promoting relaxation. However, make sure to only give it to your cat in small doses. Valerian, on the other hand, is believed to have the same effect as catnip. Before using herbs for your cat, it is best to consult your vet to avoid allergic reactions.
4. Bach Flower Remedies
Bach is technically not considered a herb; however, it is known for its stress-relieving property. This product can be mixed with your cat’s water or food. You can also spray the essence into your cat’s lip or mouth. Bach is best used when you want immediate relief. Beware to only get the alcohol-free version of the product.
5. Grounding or Earthing
Grounding (or earthing) is another natural alternative to keep your cat calm. This promotes the process of linking the body with the natural energy that is in the ground. The ground releases an electrical charge that can help balance our stress centre or what we technically call the autonomic nervous system. If your cat loves to enjoy the outdoors, grounding or earthing will happen naturally for him. However, for the indoor cats, an earthing pad or sheet can be just as beneficial.
6. Pheromone Sprays
Pheromone sprays were made to imitate a cat’s naturally produced pheromones, which result in relaxation. This spray can be used in diffusers that are plugged into wall outlets. You also have the option to spray this directly on any object your cat will come in contact with, such as her beddings.
7. Cat-Calming Collar
The calming collar is a smart tool to help your cat stay calm. This product is said to imitate the pheromone that a mother cat produces to soothe and reassure her kittens. This collar will produce a powder, which will activate the pheromones. Cats will be able to cope with fear when wearing this collar. This is a convenient substitute for a diffuser or spray, and it is also considered a portable stress-reliever since it can reduce a cat’s stress wherever it may wander. But a quick reminder: this collar should be removed before bathing the cat. Additionally, when the product is not used, seal it in a plastic bag to lengthen its effectivity.
8. Calming Pet Treats
Calming pet treats contain nutrients that aid in the nervous system and brain functions. This is one of the most popular natural options for minimising nervousness and anxiety in cats. These treats are easy to digest and come in tasty flavours.
9. Safe Haven
We have our sanctuaries where we can de-stress. Providing your cat with a place that she can call her ‘safe haven’ is recommended. Whether it is a cat tree, a cat house, under the dining table, or your wall shelf, your cat needs her own space where she can feel safe whilst still being able to monitor whatever is going on.
10. Play Therapy for Cats
Play therapy is a natural way to keep cats calm. Regular play sessions will keep your cat physically and emotionally balanced. Through play, your cat’s brain will produce dopamine – the happy chemical to help her cope with stressful and anxiety-inducing situations. Play therapies can also prevent your cat from developing behavioural problems and stress-related health issues.