Easing Your Kitty's Stressors With Natural Choices

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Easing Your Kitty's Stressors With Natural Choices

26 October 2015
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Cats can become stressed out by a myriad things: whether they're anxious, have a stomach ache, or are recovering from a wound, these things can change a cat's attitude and behavior. If you think your cat is stressed out, this guide can help you to ease their problems and relax them with natural, healthy options.

Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is a fantastic choice for soothing kitties who are stressed out. Whether your cat is feeling territorial, is frightened by storms, or something else has them on edge, lavender oil is a non-toxic choice that can really help to calm them down.

Lavender oil shouldn't be administered orally, as it's pretty potent. However, you can dab it on the back of their collar, harness, or on the very back of their neck where they can't reach while grooming themselves. You can also use an aromatherapy diffuser in the room your cat seeks solitude when they're frightened, so they have the added calming benefit of the lavender scent.

Peppermint or Catnip Tea

The vast majority of cats adore catnip, and humans love how it makes them playful and kitten-like. However, catnip can also be beneficial in helping to calm your cat's stomach. If you don't have any catnip around, you can also use peppermint herbal tea; peppermint is a direct relative to the catnip plant, and has similar effects on kitties.

To prepare catnip tea for your cat, add one teaspoon of dried catnip to a mug of boiling water, and allow it time to steep. Once it's finished steeping, allow it to cool completely so your cat doesn't get hurt.

If you want to make peppermint tea for your cat, follow the steps on the peppermint tea that you have. Peppermint tea can be pretty strong, so if your cat doesn't seem to want it, try diluting it with plain water and give it another try.

Arnica For Wounds

Arnica is a useful tool to have around the house for injuries on humans, and it can be used on cats, too. If your cat is recovering from a minor wound, like a scratch, bruise, or a sprain, arnica can be applied to the injury to help speed its recovery. Arnica may help to ease the discomfort your cat is feeling, which can help them to stop being as stressed out and anxious.

If your cat has a serious problem, you should never hesitate to take them to the vet. However, if your kitty just needs some support to ease their anxiety or stress, these steps can help to do just that.

For professional veterinary care, contact an office such as Clayton Veterinary Associates.

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Pet Options: Choosing an Exotic Pet

When I was a kid, everyone wanted a dog or a cat for a pet. Me? I wanted something a little out of the box. That's how I came to have a pet octopus. The process was more complicated than getting gold fish. There was the need to invest in a salt water tank and to get some toys for the new pet. I also had to learn how to feed and take care of the pet. Once everything was in place, it did not take long until life with an octopus around the house became part of the routine. If your kids like the idea of some type of marine life as a pet, let me tell you about my experiences. Once you learn more about the care of this type of pet, you'll be ready to give it a try.