For the most part, cats are pretty calm creatures. However, there are times when their anxiety can get the better of them. When they’re placed in situations that they’re not fond of, you may see signs of stress. Situations like veterinarian visits, traveling or moving to a new house can make your cat quite nervous and cause her to behave in an abnormal manner.
In situations like these, you may be looking for ways to calm your cat, without using medications that can cause adverse side effects. The good news is that their are safer ways to help your cat relax. In that regard, below are some “Tips To Naturally Sedate A Cat”, so that you have safer options on how to relax your cat during stressful events.
Ways to Naturally Sedate A Cat
A few options for naturally sedating your cat are herbs, synthetic pheromones or body wraps. Let’s take a closer look at these remedies, as they are commonly consider to be safe and effective methods used for relaxing cats.
Catnip is a natural sedative known by many names—catmint, catwort and field balm. However, it is scientifically known as Nepeta Cataria. They are lavender flowers and leaves in the shape of a heart. When the leaves and stems of this plant are broken, it releases the chemical nepetalactone.
When a cat inhales or ingests nepetalactone, they have a euphoric and stimulating reaction. Also, a common reaction is for a cat to initially act excitedly, but after 10 minutes, she’ll calm down and begin to relax. However, it’s important to note that because cats are different, not all cats react to catnip in a positive manner. “Trial and error” is an ideal way to find out if catnip is a good fit for your cat.
More Info About Catnip:
- Naturally repels pest
- There aren’t any side effects
- It’s available as chews, sprays,
leaves, pellets, flowers, buds,
toys, scratching pads, etc.
Valerian root is a sedative that acts as an aid to help your cat sleep. It also creates a sense of euphoria and excitability within cats. Just as with catnip—when administered—your cat may initially experience hyper-activity, but after several minutes she’ll calm down. Not all cats will react the same to valerian root, so it would be ideal to administer it with a “trial and error” approach. It can be finely cut and served in cat food or it can be put inside a cat toy.
Note: Valerian root induces sleep and helps with anxiety, because of the compounds that it contains.
Silver Vine is believed to give cats a more intense reaction than catnip. Scientifically known as actinide polygama, silver vine is a plant that has stimulating compounds, that can relieve stress and anxiety. It induces euphoria and hyper-activity, which will eventually wear off and can leave a cat in a tranquil state. It’s available as a light brown powder, that can be sprinkled in toys, on scratchers and washcloths.
German Chamomile is an herb that even humans commonly use to relax. It contains calming and soothing properties that are ideal for treating anxiety. It should be administered in small doses, as cats don’t need much for it to take effect.
Note: Do not let your cat chew on the flower, because it can cause diarrhea and vomiting.
Important: Some Chamomile types are toxic to dogs and cats. True Chamomile, Roman, Garden and English Chamomile can cause your cat/dog to experience Allergic Reactions, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Anorexia and Contact Dermatitis. German Chamomile is considered safe.
Synthetic Calming Pheromones
Synthetic Calming Pheromones are designed to mimic the natural chemicals that are released from a cats glands. When you see a cat rubbing his cheeks on a piece of furniture, a person or another cat, they’re spreading their pheromones as an indication that they like what they’re rubbing.
Pheromones also promote a sense of familiarity and calmness. Scientist have replicated this ability with synthetic pheromones, so as to help reduce anxiety and stress in cats. Synthetic pheromones are available as a spray or a plug-in diffuser. Pheromones can be sprayed on a cat’s favorite blanket or you can diffuse an entire room as a way to relax your kitty.
- Reducing cat stress and anxiety
- Getting cats used to their carriers
- Introducing a cat to a new home
- Introducing multiple cats to each other
- Calming a cat during a thunder storm
- Calming a cat during fireworks
- Relaxing a cat during a vet visit
Bach Rescue Remedy
Bach Rescue Remedy is an herbal tincture—liquid with traces of herbs—that was introduced by homeopathic Dr. Edward Bach. The tincture is a blend of five flower essences—Star of Bethlehem, Rock Rose, Cherry Plum, Impatiens and Clematis. Each flower is considered to play a role in treating a specific kind of trauma.
Star of Bethlehem
Helps to treat traumatic experiences, abuse and shock
Helps to treat fear and panic during fireworks, storms and vet visits
Helps to deal with aggressive temperaments
Helps with impatience
Helps to manage an appropriate amount of sleep
This blended remedy is designed to vibrationally work through the life force—on a subtle energetic level—to rebalance the conscious and the unconscious. In short, the idea is to eliminate old negative behaviors, by treating your cat on a very basic level.
Note: The recommended way to administer Bach Rescue Remedy is to add 2-4 drops to your pet’s wet food, treats and/or drinking water.
A Body Wrap is designed to apply pressure to the torso of your cat, so that she may feel secure and relaxed. It helps to reduce anxiety during travel, storms, fireworks, veterinarian visits and/or grooming. Your cat may not be eager to put it on at first, but with a little patience and positive association, it can become second nature to put the body wrap on during stressful experiences.
In conclusion, it is quite common for your cat to feel stressed from time to time. Especially during activities that she’s not secure doing. When this happens, you may want to turn to natural sedatives to avoid the side effects that conventional medicines can give. Hopefully, the above “Tips To Naturally Sedate A Cat” will help you in your search for the right solution. Thanks for reading.