How It Works
With its patent-pending design, the Thundershirt for Cats applies gentle, constant pressure to the torso. This pressure has a dramatic calming effect for cats if they are anxious or fearful.
As for WHY Thundershirt’s gentle pressure works to calm dogs and cats, anxiety experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system and may release calming hormones like endorphins or oxytocins. Using pressure to relieve anxiety has been a common practice for years.
How To Use Thundershirt
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 may very well see significant improvement for vet visits, travel, grooming, general fearfulness and other anxiety issues 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 these FAQs for instructions on how to work on this. For more complicated anxiety cases, we also recommend using Thundershirt as part of a behavior modification program.
Thundershirt Size Guide