Several ways to calm cats for grooming exist, including natural, homeopathic remedies. In addition to providing a stress free environment for your cat, administer medications or remedies prior to grooming them to keep them calm.
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Many over-the-counter products come either as a spray or as a diffuser, which make use of pheromones to calm cats. These products, like Feliway, contain synthetic chemicals that mimic the natural facial pheromones of cats that tell them the environment is safe and secure, according to Feliwaye. Spray cat carriers before grooming sessions or use diffusers.
Various natural remedies can calm cats during stressful situations, such as grooming. Place liquid remedies like Bach Rescue Remedy, which contains calming flower essences, directly on a cat's tongue 30 to 60 minutes before grooming sessions or add to food and water. Some natural remedies come in a treat form for cats, like Vetri-Science Composure.
Speak to your veterinarian about the use of tranquillisers for cats. Your vet can prescribe these drugs if necessary, or examine your pet for any health issues that could manifest themselves as aggressive behaviour during grooming. Arthritis, for example, causes cats pain when touched, according to "The Cat Health Guide."
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