Cats are afraid of thunderstorms. Don’t you wish that you had something to cam her during those stressful hours? Well, your wish has just been granted in the form of Thundershirt. Yes, a shirt that makes the cats feel secured and less panicky when there is thunder outside or has a noisy party going in or around. Just like a sweat shirt worn during the winter, the cats can now have a fashionable Thundershirt as well. This shirt has brought impressive results sooner. Being recommended by many veterinarians to reduce the anxiety in cats, this Thundershirt is waiting to be patented.
What is Thundershirt?
Thundershirt is just like a shirt designed for cats. It is a light weighted wearable item that applies pressure on the torso. It fits snugly for the cats and the pressure it exerts on the chest area comforts them. There is nothing fancy about this. It is just a shirt that is designed to have pressure at the right areas.
Under fearful conditions we would like to be hold by someone and the same goes for the cats as well. The pressure they feel will make them comfortable and helps reduce their fear.
Thundershirt is available in three sizes, small that fits for cats that weigh 9-13 lbs, medium for cats that are 13-17 lbs and size large fits for cats that are 17-24 lbs or above.
An initial fitting and condition of the shirt is recommended. For that, make the cat wear this shirt before there is a panic episode. It is easy to put on and take off. Cats need comforting with things through their food. So offer her food over the Thundershirt folded like a plate. While she enjoys her meal slowly pull the shirt over it, but do not fasten it. allow the cat to move around, if the shirt falls off, let it be.
The next time put it on for 5-10 minutes before taking it off. The cats may show discomfort to this new thing. There is nothing that harm them so do not give in to them easily. Repeat this trial run several times until the cat is comfortable with the fitting.
Some cats may stay frozen or immobilized. If it happens you do not panic, give them time to adjust and then you will see that they are fine.
There are fasteners attached to the shirt and there is no putting the legs through or pulling over the head. It can simply be placed over its back and cover the torso and fasten the strips around the neck and the other necessary areas.
Once the cats are comfortable and familiar with this shirt, let them wear this when they feel fearful. You will be amazed how fast they calm themselves.
Extended use of Thundershirt
There is no harm in using the Thundershirt for extended period. Only difficulties arise when the cat tries to get her front leg through the neck strap. Once you are sure that it will not go to do these stunts and are comfortable, the shirt can be left worn even when you are not there to supervise them for a day or 2. But before that, make sure to have a trial run of extended period usage when you are there to monitor.