By Veronika Broukal

Herbal ways to calm cats

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Many different reasons can make cats feel stressed. What these can be and what you can do, is explained here.

If you should only suspect that your cat needs medical attention for chronic pain, itching or other symptoms, please see a veterinarian as soon as possible. The methods listed here are only suggestions and represent no alternative to medical treatments.

Cats have an excellent sense of smell and taste, they smell twice as well as humans. The so-called Jacobson organ also supports them in the perception of different scent nuances. So it is little wonder that smells and tastes influence cats both positively as well as negatively.


These messenger substances support communication between animals in different situations. For example, they are released during urination to mark a specific territory. A tomcat can deter other males and show females. You've probably seen your cat rubbing its head on a piece of furniture. This is how she marks the area and shows that she feels comfortable there. Lactating cats also produce pheromones that calm their kittens. There are now different pheromone preparations in spray form or also available as a fragrance plug.

Room fragrances

Of course, we do not mean conmercial aerosol products. Cats respond positively to various herbal scents, while others put them off.

The following smells relax and/or attract cats:

  • Valerian
  • Lavender
  • Lemon balm
  • Cat Thyme
  • Matatabi

They don't like the following smells:

  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Menthol
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Vinegar


Nepeta cataria is known to be almost magically attractive to cats. Whether as a shrub in the garden or in a dried state, it can be a versatile insert. Cats often go into a euphoric state due to the activation of Opiodrezeptors. You can sprinkle it on beds or scratching posts, or you can fill toys or bags with them.

When buying catnip, you should look out for high quality as well pay attention to the proportion of flowers and leaves. You can read more useful information on catnip here.


This abbreviation stands for cannabidiol, a phyto-cannabinoid. However, this term is often used as a collective term for various cannabinoids. CBD is said to have many different effects, including pain relief, inhibition of inflammation and reassurance. If you want to try CBD for your cat, please pay attention to the following things:

  • Traceable origin
  • High quality
  • Free from terpenes and flavonoids
  • Certificates that prove the purity of the product

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