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How to Calm Down a Cat: 5 Herbs for Cat Stress Relief

By Valerie Trumps


Some cats are naturally stressed and anxious as part of their demeanor, while others save their freak-outs for car trips and vet visits. This leaves many pet owners wondering how to calm a cat to them a little stress relief in any situation. Fortunately, effective remedies are available that are both natural and easy to administer. Try these herbs and flower essences to help calm down your cat.




Why give a substance known to rile up Fluffy in an effort to try and calm her down instead? The key to using catnip for relaxing your kitty is to give it to her about 15 minutes prior to the stressful event, such as the dreaded veterinary trip. After she hangs from the ceiling and bolts around the room at lightning speed, she will be worn out and exceptionally calm.




This herb is said to mimic catnip, with one significant difference. After her initial crazy-fest, not only will she be very calm, she is also likely to sleep. This herb is also used for humans as a remedy for insomnia and has the same effect on felines. The euphoria induced by Valerian will seriously chill her out and make her more docile than you could ever imagine.




Many people drink chamomile tea before bed to help them relax, and the same anti-anxiety properties are just as effective for cats. However, the dried flowers are a better way to expose your cat to its stress relief benefits. Studies in animals have shown that chamomile contains substances that act on the same parts of the brain and nervous system as anti-anxiety drugs do. The effect promotes relaxation and reduces stress.



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  • Great article
    01/10/2015 11:36pm

    Thank you for this article. I have an 8 year old rescue cat that has a really hard time with going to the vet. He drools, urinates and defecates in his carrier when I take him. He's obviously had a traumatic life before I adopted him at the age of 6. The vet and I have discussed using a sedative for his rides to the office but I really don't want to drug him if I don't have to. I'm going to give the catnip a try. I already grow fresh organic catnip so it's readily available to me. This year I'm also going to add chamomile to my garden to try that as well.

  • Chamomile
    03/29/2016 11:38pm

    I am still confused about how safe chamomile is for cats.
    I am trying to grow a chamomile plant on my deck and my cat, who goes out there to sun, sometimes nibbles on it. I Googled "Is Chamomile safe for cats" and see several different answers, including yours.
    The ASPCA website, and a few others, claim it is toxic and should not be given to either dogs, cats or horses. It says clinical signs are:
    " Contact dermatitis, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, allergic reactions. Long term use can lead to bleeding tendencies. If your pet ingested this plant, contact your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center"

  • 05/07/2016 09:59am

    why don't you try to put dry camomile in a small pillow ( talking about a very very tiny pillow ) and place it near your cat .
    It might do the trick to calm the cat down without actually doing any harm .
    I will try to see how it works since my cat is so stressed out that he will get sick with gastritis .xx

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