The snug pressure of Thundershirt helps relieve anxiety
Great way to help calm cats without drugs or pheromones
Use for noise anxiety, trips to veterinarian, reactivity with guests or other pets & more
The shirt that's helping thousands of dogs is now available for cats. Thundershirt applies gentle constant pressure to the torso, which helps calm down anxious or fearful cats. The shirt is a great way to help calm cats without using drugs or pheromones. 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 those with autism using pressure to relieve persistent anxiety. Use Thundershirt for veterinarian visits, car travel, stress due to presence of other pets, grooming, litter box problems, noise anxiety, crating, and any other circumstances that cause your cat anxiety. Thundershirt is easy to put on and take off due to self-fastening flaps. Soft, breathable, washable fabric in neutral solid gray.
80% of Thundershirt customers report a significant reduction in their pet's anxiety-related symptoms. With our 100% satisfaction guarantee, why not give Thundershirt a try?
After receiving your Thundershirt, we recommend following these simple steps:
Perform the "Initial Fitting and Conditioning" as described below.
When an anxiety trigger is likely or already present (e.g. new pet in the house), slip the Thundershirt onto your cat. Observe the results. Many cats need no further treatment for many issues. Are you satisfied with the improvement you see? If not, please proceed to Step 3 below.
(Not Required in Many Cases): If your cat's anxiety still needs additional treatment, we recommend integrating Thundershirt into a training program. Go to www.thundershirt.com/cats/FAQ for additional information.
Initial Fitting and Conditioning
Thundershirt is designed to be very easy to put on and take off… no need for pulling anything over her head or threading her legs through leg holes. After you first receive your Thundershirt, we recommend the following steps while your cat is NOT in a stressful situation:
Before putting Thundershirt on your cat for the first time, offer a small food treat to your cat using the folded Thundershirt as a plate. Like dogs, some cats become more comfortable and trusting of something that "brings" them food or anything that they associate with food. After offering the food treat, try laying the Thundershirt gently over the cat's back WITHOUT attaching the straps. Allow the cat to remain still or to move away, even if the Thundershirt falls off.
Next, simply follow the "Fitting Instructions" below. With the first fitting, leave Thundershirt on for 5-10 minutes. Encourage your cat to move around by engaging in play. A favorite toy or a laser pointer can be very helpful. If your cat appears to be uncomfortable or does the "Freeze & Flop" (see #3), please repeat this step 3 to 4 times for 10 to 15 minutes each time.
The "Freeze & Flop" - When first wearing a Thundershirt, some cats will behave as if they are immobilized and may even fall over. Don't worry! The Thundershirt is not causing discomfort; they just need time to adjust to the new sensations. Cats are amazingly sensitive to touch and sometimes require a little more adjustment time in the beginning. But this also means that many are even more responsive than dogs to the gentle, calming pressure of a Thundershirt! Please repeat the Initial Conditioning to address this issue.
Place the Thundershirt on your cat's back with the Thundershirt logo facing up. Lightly wrap the Neck Straps around the front of the cat and secure with fasteners. You should be able to easily slide two fingers inside Neck Straps.
Wrap the Long Flap under the torso and secure with fasteners onto the Short Flap. Make a comfortable, snug fit.
Wrap the Top Flap down onto the Long Flap and secure with fasteners. Adjust to improve the snug fit and keep Thundershirt securely in place.
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