FOURTH OF JULY GIVEAWAY! Enter to Win a Thundershirt for Cats, Reduce Anxiety During Stressful Situations

Wed, Jul 4, 2012

Giveaways, Training & Behavior

You might enjoy the fireworks tonight, but kitty may be hiding under the bed. There’s a new solution for helping cats through stressful situations, like fireworks, storms or other loud events, vet visits, car trips, and grooming. It’s the Thundershirt – an invention that’s been used for years to reduce anxiety in dogs — now available for cats, and it’s proving to be quite a useful tool.

The Thundershirt is a little vest that applies gentle, constant pressure to your cat’s torso, calming them and reducing anxiety. According to the Thundershirt website, “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 calm and relieve anxiety is common practice: parents swaddle newborn babies, pressure has been used to relieve anxiety in people with autism and with children having certain behavioral problems, and vets and trainers have used gentle pressure when working with animals for years.

Here is a testimonial from a cat guardian who has had success with the Thundershirt:

“Thundershirt has been successful in eliminating Jack’s vocalizing in the car and at home, and reduced hiding at home. His symptoms of fear during noisy events, such as vacuuming and thunder, have been completely eliminated. He will stay in the same room now and even watch me vacuum. During thunder, he calmly sits beside me and will even sleep stretched out on my bed. He has expressed a much calmer nature while wearing his Thundershirt. I am so glad to have it.”

Lithonia, Georgia

The company gave me a Thundershirt to test with my cats. I’m trying it with Andy, who is generally high-strung, and Ratso, who is having some anxiety around the new foster kittens (she’s not a fan). You need to get your cat used to wearing the vest, which can take a little training. At first, you may get the “Freeze & Flop” where the cat becomes immobilized and falls over, but the Thundershirt website has excellent guidelines for working with your cat to get the maximum benefit from the product. Once the cats have become accustomed to wearing the Thundershirt, they can move around easily and symptoms are reduced immediately. Check out the FAQ page on the Thundershirt website for lots of useful information. I’m still getting Andy and Ratso used to it and will keep you posted on their progress.

The Thundershirt is easy to put on and can be adjusted to apply varying amounts of pressure as needed. It is made of lightweight breathable material and can be machine washed. This is a simple, drug-free solution for reducing anxiety in cats, and it’s an affordable solution, too, at just $39.95.


One lucky reader is going to win a Thundershirt to try with their cat! The winner will get to specify the size (S, M, L). To enter, please leave a comment on this post telling us why you need a Thundershirt. The winner will be chosen in a random drawing and announced on July 11, 2012. One entry per person. This giveaway is limited to addresses in the US and Canada.


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1,085 Responses to “FOURTH OF JULY GIVEAWAY! Enter to Win a Thundershirt for Cats, Reduce Anxiety During Stressful Situations”

  1. 1051

    Our blind cat could use this.

  2. 1052

    Works wonders on my dog. I bet this would calm my cat, Eddie down… if I could get it on him!

  3. 1053

    Then I could my cat Thundercat!!! I liked that cartoon. ;)

  4. 1054
    Linda Meyers-Gabbard

    I would need the large for my cat pooh bear. He is scared of loud noises like thunderstorms he runs and hides.

  5. 1055
    michelle bembo

    My beautiful cat jessie needs this as she seems a bit stressed out with my other cats

  6. 1056

    Great idea….. if you can get it on ‘em. :)

  7. 1057
    Deb Pringle


  8. 1058

    Big Bad Baby Twinkle sez: “Cee Cee needs one fur shure!!”

  9. 1059
    Lisa Vance

    The thundershirt worked wonderfully for a little dog that I was watching last year, and I’d love to try one on Jasmine. She gets so anxious when we go to the vet that she’ll be sick for days afterwards. After seeing the thundershirt help the dog with separation anxiety, fear of thunder and excessive barking, I’m eager to give this a try for Jaz.

  10. 1060

    I would love to win and give it to a great friend that really needs it much more than me.

  11. 1061

    My friend’s cat is ALWAYS on edge. He’s afraid of visitors, loud noises, new foods, and even rearranged furniture! He’s on anti-anxiety meds but I know she wants to find a good alternative. Maybe a Thundershirt would do the trick….

  12. 1062

    My Licorice could use that

  13. 1063

    My Harper would love this! She is a hurricane Katrina survivor, so she is understandably a little on the shy/scared side. She is super sweet and loving, but gets scared of loud noises such as fireworks and thunder.

  14. 1064

    I could see this being a really good thing for my lil guy!

  15. 1065

    We recently got a puppy who is really sweet and not at all aggressive with the cats. One of our 2 cats quickly accepted him within a few days, the other who is much more nervous still hisses and growls at him for just being in the room (months later). I would hope something like this could calm her and they can learn to be buddies.

  16. 1066
    Leslie Ross

    I have a foster cat that scratches, licks, and bites his skin raw when he gets stressed. Maybe this could help him!

  17. 1067

    Puggles could use this.

  18. 1068
    jadedea jade

    thundershirt for the win!!!!! my cat jimmu is a scaredy cat and runs from everything. it gets so bad that he urinates outside the litter box. whether it be me laughing out loud, the doorbell ringing or his brother playing with him he always seems on high alert and stressed out. he tries to compensate with overeating and apparently not using the bathroom in the proper places but i love it if he didnt run away or act scared all the time. hes a big boy and needs a large size. i think a constant hug would help him out.

  19. 1069

    This is a great product, and would definitely comfort my little guy in stressful situations!

  20. 1070

    I would love to win of these for one of my senior girls. She was rescued as a severely traumatized, very abused/neglected adult 15 years ago; I adopted her when I knew no one else would given her extreme total fear of humans. To this day she still cannot be approached directly, though she will allow me to pet/caress her, but only in limited fashion. Perhaps this vest might help calm her; nothing else I’ve tried over the years has helped.

  21. 1071

    My dog daughter has a thundershirt. These things are amazing! I bought two for my dog nephews in FL that are both afraid of lightening. Works like a charm for them. One of my cat sons that is afraid of anything that moves would surely benefit from a thundershirt!

  22. 1072

    We just moved and one of our cats won’t come out from under the covers. This might help with the anxiety!

  23. 1073

    This is amazing! I have a five year old bombay who is sometimes scared of his own shadow and this would be the perfect thing to have since he and I are moving in two weeks.

  24. 1074
    Megan S.

    My cat Mika definitely needs this. She can’t handle car rides.

  25. 1075

    Calypso might benefit from one of these.

  26. 1076
    Amy D

    I would love to try this on both of my cats when taking them to the vet. They get so stressed with the car ride it would be great if this would help calm them. My boy is also quite a chicken and is afraid of loud noises, strangers, etc. Maybe this could help him be a little less anxious.

  27. 1077

    My cat could definitely use this. Last time I took her the vet she completely freaked out. She was growling, scratched me and started batting at our other cat.

  28. 1078

    My cat goes w/me everywhere, most the time she’s calm, but sometimes stressful situations arise and this would really help a lot.

  29. 1079

    my cat is so neurotic, hope i win ..

  30. 1080

    My 7 year old male cat (Johnny Rocket) is desperately afraid of thunder. Whenever it thunders, he runs to the basement and hides. Sometimes I can’t find him! When he finally comes up, his eyes are big and he walks very low to the ground for a couple hours after the storm. My baby needs a thunder shirt!

  31. 1081
    Jane Gopan

    My Bengal cat screeches loudly when he is confined to a carrier. We have to take him on a flight in December. Due to a heart murmur, we don’t want to medicate him. On the other hand, we don’t want to be thrown off the plane at 35,000 feet!

  32. 1082
    heather loftus

    ahhh! awesome giveaway!!!

  33. 1083

    I would love to try this for my cat who gets nervous when I visit my mother’s house that has a dog.

  34. 1084

    My cat (freaky)Earl could use this, does it really work? Could you really get it on a freaky cat?!
    Maybe we should make a web site about our freaky cats and solutions.

    Also, if the thunder shirt is a great solution…..cause there are instructions on how to keep trying the thunder shirt.

  35. 1085

    My cat is huge and he would love this, I think. He loves attention and pets – he’d take them 24/7.

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