Thundershirt is now available for cats too! Only $39.95
While this video is pretty entertaining, there is no need to worry. The ThunderShirt is not causing discomfort; cats are not used to being dressed and need time to adjust to feeling “swaddled” by the shirt.
Many cat owners don't take their cats to the vet regularly because it can be such a difficult task, but it is important to keep you cats healthy and go for regular check ups. Check out this cat's amazing transformation after using a Thundershirt to go to the vet and for the first time ever NOT having a difficult vet visit! You can read the entire story here:
Thundershirts do exist for dogs - in fact, I think they were originally made for 'fraidy dogs who hate storms. I figure it's worth a try during the fireworks - you have nothing to lose!
Not planning any roadtrips with the cat but I hope that when we have no choice but to put her in the car she'll be less stressed (and more quiet) ThunderShirt is an excellent treatment for many types of cat anxiety and fear issues. For many anxieties, we recommend just putting on a ThunderShirt and observing the results. You very well may see significant improvement for vet visits, travel, grooming, general fearfulness and others with no training. If your cat appears to not want to move in her ThunderShirt (what we term the "Freeze & Flop"), don't worry! Please see our FAQ on the instructions.ThunderShirt uses gentle hugging to calm your cat. With its patented design, ThunderShirt's gentle, constant pressure has a dramatic calming effect for most cats if they are anxious, fearful or overexcited. Based on surveys completed by over two thousand customers, over 80% of dogs and cats show significant improvement in symptoms when using ThunderShirt, and is recommended by thousands of veterinarians and trainers.Thundershirt's patent-pending design applies gentle, constant pressure on a cat's torso, and this pressure has an amazing calming effect for most cats.
Pressure has been used to successfully reduce anxiety for many years for both animals and humans. Examples include parents swaddling infants,, veterinarians using squeeze chutes when vaccinating cattle, and thousands of people with autism using pressure to relieve persistent anxiety. ThunderShirt has been developed to be very easy to put on. Just lay it over your cat's back and secure with the chest and torso straps. The fasteners make ThunderShirt very adjustable to many different body shapes. This fear of veterinary visits can be prevented early on by proactively providing kittens with many positive experiences at the hospital, in the pet carrier and in the car ride before. For adult cats, reversing negative experiences that may have already occurred can be a little trickier and may require a combination of behavior modification, plus pheromone therapy (Feliway®), as well as other tools. In fact, one tool you might consider is a Thundershirt® Compression Wrap for Cats.