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5 Calming Products For Cats

Because when you interrupt that carefully planned daily routine, theres going to be one frazzled kitty to deal with

by Lindsay Hamrick, CPDT-KA
31 October 2023
Cat stretching on blue bedding
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Cats are creatures of routine. Wake up, eat, morning nap, eat, mid-morning nap, eat... you get the picture. As long as they’re in charge of their day, they’re OK.

But despite all your best efforts, life sometimes gets in the way. Perhaps you’re planning a trip, or perhaps visitors with kids are coming to stay. Perhaps your kitty is due for a dreaded trip to the vet or another pet is due to join your household. Whatever disruption is coming, it’s safe to assume that your pernickety kitty won’t be happy with the changes to their routine that it brings.

Whilst there are things you can do to make these periods of change easier on your cat (giving them a space to escape to and items that smell familiar to them is a good place to start), there are also things you can buy to help give your cat an easier time. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best calming products for cats that will help ease both your and your cat’s minds, from science-backed pheromone diffusers to veterinarian-formulated chews and herbal-scented cat litter.

Btw, our editors (and their pets) picked out these products. They’re always in stock at the time we publish, but there’s a chance they’ll sell out. If you do buy through our links, we may earn a commission. (We’ve got a lot of toys to buy over here, you know?)

the feliway diffuser

Feliway products mimic a cat’s natural pheromones, either through an in-room diffuser or a spray that you can use on blankets, scratching posts or near litter boxes. Did you know that cats rub the side of their faces against surfaces within their territory to mark where they live and to self-soothe? By placing a diffuser in a bathroom where you’ve placed the litter box or spraying a little Feliway on a comfy cat bed, you’re helping your cat relax into their environment. These products can help a cat adjust to new environments and can be used as part of a behaviour plan to address litter box issues, scratching or general scaredy cat tendencies.

Lindsay Hamrick, CPDT-KA

Lindsay Hamrick lives in New Hampshire with her three dogs, chickens, and an assortment of rotating foster animals. She forces her elderly chihuahua, Grandma Baguette, on overnight backpacking trips, can diaper a lamb with one hand, and while she’s a long-time Certified Professional Dog Trainer, 66.7% of her dogs still won’t lay down when asked.

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