Answered by Dr. Jean Hofve
Natural therapies are very effective for reducing cat anxiety. Flower Essences are one of the very best remedies to use for stressed and anxious kitties. Rescue Remedy or Stress Stopper from Jackson Galaxy Solutions are both really good for those stressed-out kitties. There are also calming herbs that can be used such as passionflower, valerian, and chamomile. There are many combination herbal products on the market made specifically for cats.
There is a product called Composure made by Vetriscience that contains nutrients that are beneficial and help calm animals down. Finally, I recommend play therapy. Play therapy you say? Yeah! That’s just a fancy name for interactive play with you on one end of a cat toy and the cat on the other. Play therapy satisfies a cat’s strong hunter instincts, it increases their territorial confidence and it can help dissipate some of that nervous energy. It will also help you both sleep well at night and it’s fun to boot.
Hi, I’m Dr. Jean Hofve, a licensed veterinarian with HolisticActions!. I hope this helps. Thanks, bye-bye.
- Rescue Remedy or Stress Stopper from Jackson Galaxy Solutions
- Calming herbs, such as passionflower, valerian, and chamomile
- Composure made by Vetriscience
- Play therapy
- Over or under grooming
- Litter box accidents
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Holistic veterinarian and author Dr. Jean Hofve has more than 20 years’ experience in integrative veterinary medicine. She has a passion for feline health and nutrition, and has intensively studied and researched pet nutrition and the pet food industry since the early 1990s.
She has written books, dozens of articles and been interviewed for print, radio, and television around the world. She is an advisor to AAFCO, the organization that sets standards for pet food production, and founder of Spirit Essences (now owned and operated by Jackson Galaxy), which makes flower essence remedies for many animal health and behavior problems.