8 Natural and Herbal Remedies for Stress in Cats

Herbs, Flower Essences and Homeopathic Remedies

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Stress and anxiety in cats can come from several sources, including environmental changes, such as moving, or a new pet in the home, as well as physical stress. It is important to first rule out illness as a cause and to do whatever possible to mitigate those environmental changes. However, there are times when natural remedies such as herbs, flower essences, or homeopathic remedies may help in reducing cats' stress and anxiety.

Introduce only one remedy at a time, and check with your veterinarian first before trying any of these products.

  • 01 of 08

    Bach Flower Rescue Remedy

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    Bach Flower Essences are made with a three-step process, and the resultant essences are usually mixed with water (4-5 drops in a pet's water bowl), although they can be applied directly to the skin. Rescue Remedy contains Star of Bethlehem, Clematis, Cherry Plum, Impatiens, and Rock Rose, and the combination is useful for stressful situations.

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    Bach Essences Mimulus

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    If you'd like to try your own mixture of calming Bach remedies, Mimulus is a good one to start with for fear and anxiety.

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    Bach Essences Rock Rose

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    Bach Essences Rock Rose is one of the ingredients used in Rescue Remedy. It is recommended for animals who are experiencing deep fear, terror, or panic.

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    Bach Essence Holly

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    Holly is a Bach Essences used for aggression, anger, and jealousy, which may be based on insecure feelings.

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    Pet Essences Calming Solution

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    This Pet Essences product can be used for cats who have difficulty calming down, who are high strung, or overly possessive. The manufacturer recommends giving several times a day for a cat that is particularly upset. Ingredients: Cherry Plum, Chamomile, Quaking Grass, Vervain, and other natural flowers.

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    Pet Essences Flower Essences

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    Prepared by Pet Essences, Flower Essences are designed to help with nervousness and anxiety caused by sudden environmental changes, such as thunderstorms, noisy holidays, new people or pets in the household, or trips to the veterinarian. Contains Aspen, Impatiens, Red Chestnut, Mimulus, and other natural flowers, and may be administered by adding to drinking water, or gently rubbed into the skin of the ears, lips, or paws.

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    Vetri-Science Composure Liquid

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    Composure Liquid may help with urine marking, compulsive grooming, hyperactivity, or quivering and trembling; all possible symptoms of stress and anxiety. Active ingredients are L-Theanine, Thiamin, Lecithin, and Decapeptide. As with all medications, discontinue immediately if your cat's symptoms worsen, and contact your veterinarian.

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    Farnam Feliway Comfort Zone Plug-In

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    The Comfort Zone Plug-In is based on a "friendly pheromone," and it has been very helpful, both in bringing shy, nervous cats out of their shells, as well as discouraging dominant alpha cats from urine marking their territory. The latter is an interesting phenomenon: the cat "reads" the pheromone as his own facial gland scent, and bypasses the area.