From time to time, cats can become upset or stressed. Thunderstorms, trips to the veterinarian and/or strange new pets in the house, are just a few examples that can agitate a cat. That’s why it’s helpful to be able to recognize the signs that indicate something is bothering your cat. 
When your cat is behaving erratically and displaying aggressive tendencies—meowing, spitting, hissing and frantic running—she’s most likely upset about something. If you’re a loving cat owner or just someone who wants to help, you may be looking for a way to calm down a cat. Below are a few tips, that can help you to soothe your cat during stressful situations.
Quick Tips:

  • Create a quiet space that’s all her own
  • Create high places for her to perch
  • Leave her alone for a little while
  • Use treats to entice her
  • Communicate in a low calm tone
  • Try to swaddle/wrap your cat in a towel
  • Hold her lovingly
Protect Yourself At All Times
Always think about safety first. Protecting yourself and your cat are a priority. If your cat is upset, she may just need some time alone in order to calm down. Only approach her if it’s necessary—for example, if you need to take her to the vet. 
When you do approach her, do so cautiously, while wearing protective clothing, with long sleeves and pant legs. If your cat is frightened, she can potentially scratch and bite you, while you’re trying to calm her. Consider using protective gloves, if you need to handle her while she’s behaving erratically.
Talk In A Soothing Tone
It helps when you behave and talk in a calm manner. Consider speaking in a low tone, while using calming words like: “There there now, it’s okay. Everything’s gonna be just fine, Bella”. Try not to make any erratic movements. Just be still and wait for your cat to recognize that you are not going to harm her.

 

  • Talk in a low tone
  • Consider singing a gentle melody
  • Play soothing music
  • Try a gentle speaker on television
Get Your Cat To Come To You
Try to give your kitty some wet food, as cats usually like it more than dry kibble. Also, try to serve something with fish, since cats tend to pick up on the smell easier.
Take Her Higher
Another thing to consider, is giving your cat a higher place to perch on. It gives them a place to retreat to, feel safe and survey the area below.
Loving Contact
Try to lightly caress your kitty’s face, by moving your thumb up the bridge of her nose.
Put Your Cat In A Room By Herself
Consider isolating your cat in a calming space. If you use a bed room, make sure that the curtains are drawn and the blinds are closed. Keep the room free from disruptive activity, preventing other pets and children from entering. This area should be as peaceful as possible and don’t forget to put a litter box in it. The idea is to put your cat in a soothing/relaxing space so they can calm down.
Try To Understand The Problem
In order to help your cat, you have to become a detective. Find out what agitated your cat in the first place. Did strangers enter the house, was there a thunder storm or did she see a stray outside? Once you know the problem, then you can come up with an effective solution.
Problem Indicators

Scared
• Spitting, Hissing and/or Growling
• Coat relaxed
• Eyes Not Dilated
• Straight Head

Aggression
• Dilated Eyes
• Head Cocked
• Howling
• Fur Standing Up

Consider Using Pheromones
Cats release chemical from their glands to talk to other felines. It can be a way to communicate familiarity. These chemicals are called pheromones. There are particular pheromones—i.e. from the face— that are capable of calming an agitated kitty. There are companies that have managed to create a synthetic pheromone equivalent, that can be dispensed from a spray bottle, diffuser plugins, collars and/or wipes. 
Consider Natural Remedies
As an alternative to synthetic pheromones, you can try herbal remedies. Herbal remedies are designed to have the same calming effect on cats. The main difference is that they’re made from all natural ingredients.
Supplements
Supplements that are designed to be added to your cat’s food, can also help. Supplements for cats, are created to support a healthy and natural internal balance. This helps to keep your cat’s behavior even, steady and relaxed. Cat supplements are available in tablets, chews and liquids.

Swaddle Her In Love
If you comfortably wrap/swaddle your cat in a towel or some other fabric, while leaving her head sticking out, then the gentle pressure can potentially help her to relax.

In Conclusion
When you want to successfully calm your cat, you’ll have to find out how to do so, through a process of trial and error. Your cat may not like being swaddled in a towel or may not feel the effects of synthetic pheromones. Finding a remedy to calm your cat may take some searching and experimenting.

If you find that none of the above tips are helpful, you may need to take her to a veterinarian, to seek out more solutions. However, in the meantime, the above tips should be a great place to start, when trying to find out “How To Calm Down A Cat. Thanks for reading.