My name is Gracey and I am a Scaredy Cat!
Spring is a favorite time of year for many, especially when it arrives after a long cold dark winter. But thunderstorms are one thing about Spring I don’t like. I admit to being terrified when the house shakes from a loud clap of thunder, but I don’t even like when thunder rumbles either.
My parents have a storm plan for me. When the thunder rolls, I head into my safe place in the master bedroom. My parents move my food and water into the bedroom with me. I have one of my thinking circles and a few of my favorite toys too. I have access to one of my Smart Cat Box litter pans in the Master bathroom. If the storm is strong, they come into the bedroom with me and close the door. If the storm is super strong, my cat carrier is ready and waiting in case we need to go to the basement.
Storms are not the only anxiety causing thing in my life. I don’t care for car travel either. I don’t mind visiting my Doctors at the Morris Veterinary Clinic, but I sure don’t like the ride. The nice people at Thundershirt asked me if I would like to try the new Thundershirt for Cats.
The Thundershirt has already helped hundreds of thousands of dogs and now with its gentle, constant pressure, the calming effect for cats is now available. Thundershirt says it works to calm cats because anxiety experts believe that pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system and may release calming hormones like endorphins or oxytocin.
Thundershirt is designed for easy on and off.
Thundershirt is designed for easy on and easy off, because there is no need for pulling anything over the head and ears. I really don’t like my ears to be restricted or covered. And there is no threading our legs through leg holes. Super Hurrah! The secret is in the fasteners straps.
Three sizes are available, small, medium and large. Cats come in many shapes and sizes so you might need to go up or down a size. I am a small cat, but I feel more comfortable in the medium shirt. I weigh just under 8 lbs. now which is a perfect weight for me.
1. 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. Should be able to easily slide two fingers inside the Neck Straps.
2. Wrap the Long Flap under the torso and secure with fasterners onto the Short Flatp. Make a comfortable, snug fit.
3. Wrap the Top Flap down onto the Long Flap and secure with fasterners. Adjust to improve the snug fit and keep Thundershirt securely in place.
In some cases, and I must confess I am one of those cases, your cat might need the Initial Fitting and Conditioning.
“The Freeze & Flop”
When first wearing a Thundershirt, some cats, like me, will behave as if they are immobilized and may even “fall over”. This is me. My favorite designer is Mother Nature, so I am not a cat to clothe myself in the latest fashions. The Thundershirt is not causing me discomfort, I just need to take my time to adjust to new things. We cats are super sensitive to touch and sometimes we require a little more adjustment time than our canine compadres. But this also means that we cats are more responsive than dogs to the gentle, calming pressure of a Thundershirt. What can I say, it is just one more thing where we cats excel over our canine compadres.
Disclosure: I was given a Thundershirt by the company for review.