Nov 29

Calm Amidst the Storm: Managing Anxiety in Cats

Storm anxiety in cats often goes unnoticed, as symptoms can be subtle, such as cowering or hiding. Here are our top tips to help you alleviate your kitty’s storm anxiety and keep them calmer during turbulent weather:

Create a Safe Space

Ensure your cat has access to a designated “safe space” in your home where they feel secure and comfortable. This could be under a bed or table, where they can retreat for comfort and relaxation.

Reduce Light and Noise Exposure

Block windows to minimise flashes of light and close blinds or use covers to create a darker, quieter environment. Background noise from the TV, radio, or household appliances like the dishwasher can also help distract from storm-related sounds.

Try Calming Garments

Consider using products like a thunder shirt, which applies gentle, constant pressure to your cat’s body, similar to swaddling an infant. This pressure has been shown to have a calming effect on anxious pets.

Desensitise with Sound

Use CDs or recordings of thunderstorm sounds to gradually introduce your cat to these noises from a young age or desensitise them to their phobia over time. Keep in mind that if light flashes trigger anxiety, this method may not be effective on its own.

Explore Calming Aids

Artificial pheromones, available in collars, sprays, and room diffusers, mimic the calming pheromones produced by cats. These aids can significantly reduce stress and anxiety in cats during storms.

Every Pet is Unique

It’s essential to remember that what works for one cat may not work for another. Some cats may require prescription medication in addition to home management techniques. Use these tips as a guide, and if you’re still unsure or concerned, don’t hesitate to consult with a veterinarian for personalised advice.

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About The Author

Claire is a QLD graduate with 19 years experience as a neighbourhood Veterinarian in Australia and the UK. Animal lover and the founder of VetChat, born from a passion to help pet carers everywhere access trusted advice earlier, for healthier, happier pets. Grateful to be carer to her beautiful Red-dog.