A stressed-out cat is one of the worst nightmares for a cat owner. Feline stress can be triggered in multiple ways. It can be the move to a new home, a visit to the vet’s office, or merely a consistent loud noise. They show the anxiety in the form of growling, hissing, hiding, refusal to eat, and in extreme cases, biting. You must have also noticed a ubiquitous sign of stress in cats: not using the litter box.
Understandably, you feel equally stressed, and at your wits end about calming your cat down.
Of course, it’s easy to use pills to make their anxiety disappear, but you don’t want to drug your pet at every single instance of stress. The only other alternative is to take the natural route to reduce their anxiety level. Here’s a brief overview of the five herbs that are amazingly effective in reducing feline stress.
You might be surprised to read this first entry on the list. After all, catnips are popular as stimulants and not relaxants. The catnip will make your cat go crazy and run high on energy. But, this energy will wear off soon and make way for an exhausted nap. So, give her a dose of catnip about fifteen to thirty minutes before you need her to calm down.
There are three things to keep in mind about giving catnips to your cat:
- Always use a dried form of organic catnips of good quality.
- Keep the catnip in a small toy or pouch to avoid vomiting or nausea for the cat.
- Try not to let the cat eat the herb to prevent an upset stomach.
You can use catnips on your cat before vet visits, home repairs, or house parties.
Valerian works in almost the same way as catnip, but there’s one significant difference. Your cat will initially bounce around the room. However, she will not just calm down after that, but she will be lulled into sleep. Did you know that valerian is also used as a cure for insomnia in humans? It has a similar effect on our feline friends. It’s also why many of the cat toys have valerian because it eventually makes cats feel relaxed.
You can find valerian in the form of combination formulas or single supplements. Unlike other herbs, which should have a limitation at 50 mg, you can give them up to 200 mg of valerian a day. Make sure to use valerian regularly during stressful times.
Kratom, especially white vein Kratom, can be a highly useful remedy for anxiety in cats. It comes from the name of a tropical tree found in Southeastern Asia. Traditionally, kratom has been used in ancient medicine for relieving anxiety and increasing appetite. It has shown the same results for our feline buddies.
Using Kratom on cats is also a great idea because it comes with several other benefits:
- It can help in relieving inflammation and pain in older cats.
- Kratom can also be useful in helping cats deal with joint problems, such as arthritis.
Adding kratom powder into their meals can help her in calming down, and also relieve several other ailments.
A warm cup of chamomile tea soothes your mind, doesn’t it? In the case of your cat, you will have to use dried chamomile flowers. Put the flowers inside a small toy pillow, just like you did with catnip. This way, she will get all the benefits of chamomile, minus the side-effects like indigestion from over-ingestion.
Chamomile has anti-spasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and muscle-relaxing properties. So, it can help your cat to calm down in multiple ways. The calming effect of calming stems from the fact that it affects the same areas of the brain as the anti-anxiety drugs. It induces relaxation and controls feelings of stress.
People have been using Ashwagandha from ancient times. This herb is beneficial for pets, too, and is an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine. It works as an adaptogen. Thus it reduces stress and normalizes the cat’s body and mind. Besides, this wonder herb acts as a sedative too. It is equally useful in reducing bacteria and inflammatory issues of your feline.
You can use the herb in 3 ways for the cat.
- First is the dried extract of the herb. 50-125 mg twice a day is ideal.
- Second is the whole herb. You can give it 50-125 mg 3-4 times a day.
- The third is the tincture. By mixing two parts of 40% alcohol and 1 part of Ashwagandha, you can prepare it at home. The dose varies between 1ml and 2.5 ml. Do not give it more than two times a day.
Keep in mind that the amount of the dose varies according to the weight of your cat. To know the exact dosage and duration, consult with the vet.
It is essential to keep in mind that you will have to be patient while trying these natural remedies on your cat. Your feline friend can sense your frustration and anger, and it will only aggravate her stress. Stay positive and open, and you will slowly find a solution to your cat’s anxiety. However, don’t forget to visit a vet, if the problem persists even after administering these herbs.