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. 951

    My cat Henry cries and cries at our bedroom door every night. He is also pretty skittish from being a hurricane survivor and he was run over by a previous owner as a kitten. If this would calm him down that would be wonderful, we just want him to live a great life.

  2. 952

    What a wonderful idea. We swaddle newborns to make them feel safe. The Thundershirt would be very much like that. What a blessing for fearful pets.

  3. 953

    Would love to win this for my oldest cat who — six years after he found me — is still terrified of loud noises and thunderstorms. My other rescues (thankfully) act as if nothing phases them :-)

  4. 954

    How cool…..Love this

  5. 955
    Susan C.

    I have a deaf kitty that is afraid much of the time. I’d love to find something to help him!

  6. 956

    would love to try this out

  7. 957

    Would love to get one to try on my cats, storms have been so bad this year, as well as to help with my one cat who hates car rides to the vet.

  8. 958

    Of our six kitties, two of them could have used this last night, yikes!

  9. 959

    Crazy – I was *just* thinking about this the other day. My little kitty desperately needs this – she’s so scared of loud noises, thunder, all of it! She immediately runs and hides at the stairs, pressing her body so tight up agains the stair. Her nose turns really white and of course, this entices our other cat to pick on her. :( I’m excited to try this for Maggie! I’m so glad this exists for kitties!

  10. 960

    I have the most anxious kitty when people come over. He needs one of these shirts!

  11. 961

    i’ve seen what weighted vests can do for children. it’s very interesting to consider the effects it could have on cats. we volunteer to test it out.

  12. 962

    oh man.. i would have loved to have had this last night when the fireworks were going off. ARGH!!

  13. 963

    I didn’t know they made these for cats – a friend uses one for her dog & it really works.

  14. 964
    Paul L Pallardy

    Stripes Girl needs this very much,Shadowcat chases her all the
    time. He’s turned her into a nervous wreck!

  15. 965

    My buddy hates car rides. Usually crams himself into the space between the passenger door and seat. A Thundershirt would certainly help get him to the vet. :)

  16. 966
    Laura C

    we’ll try that!

  17. 967

    My Aunt died and one of the many loved items I got was a 19 year old Texas lake cat.Her name is Miss Kitty and she is adjusting well with my 5 rescued kitties.The plain ride was hard for her but she made it thru…But now she doesn’t want to leave my house and we soon need to get her for her annual visit to the vet.This may give her the confidence for the rideThank you for considering my request

  18. 968

    I think this may help my cat who is nervous when strangers come in the house.

  19. 969

    this would work great for some of our stressed kitties who come in to the shelter. I would donate it to them!!

  20. 970

    the stray kitten I rescued could use this. She hates being picked up so holding her to trim her nails and medicine is a nightmare.

  21. 971

    If I won this, I’d donate to Second Chance Pet Adoptions. So many of the cats at our rescue are scared when they first come in–I think this might help.

  22. 972

    I think I’m a “tough” kitten, but my mom know’s that I’m a “scardy” cat!! I would love to not be trembling and finding the darkest hole to crawl in. Size small would work for me.

  23. 973
    Naomi and Gromek

    We could really use this because Gromek is now terrified of thunder! He slinks around and usually ends up hiding under the bed. We’d love a kitty thundershirt! It really works for my sister’s dog

  24. 974

    Just got a new cat from a shelter. She still gets scared sometimes, and this would be perfect!

  25. 975

    I’d be curious to see if this works.

  26. 976

    This would be wonderful if it would help the sometimes loud vocalizing at night and unhappy car trips to the vet.

  27. 977

    My cat is TERRIFIED to go to the vet; I think this would really help him. Thanks.

  28. 978

    My kitty can be a bit skittish, so this would be a perfect product to try!

  29. 979

    My girl Coqueta is afraid of almost everything. During events like thunderstorms she will hide, unconsolable, under the bed for hours. I think this could help her a lot. Thanks!

  30. 980

    We have a demon cat. I found him locked in a car as a kitten, rescued him, and have raised him over the last two years, but he is still very frightened and can be violent, especially with strangers. The thundershirt, it sounds, would be a great solution to the stress he must experience whenever people come over, and perhaps would be some comfort to them too.

  31. 981
    10 cat Mom

    These would be helpful if you are moving to a new home. Kitties get really stressed out during a move.

  32. 982

    My cat is a scared little kitty :(

  33. 983

    My Salem is a scared Peeier! He really needs the thunder shirt!!

  34. 984
    Melissa T

    Our cat, Cliff, has severe anxiety issues. To keep him calm on a daily basis we use a Feliway Comfort Zone diffuser on each level of the house, as well as a prescription for Prozac for him. Thunderstorms, loud trucks, fireworks send him under the bed, where he paces back and forth half-crouched over, usually near a puddle of urine.

    I really try to minimize the stress for him since it triggers bouts of Cystitis. He was diagnose a few years ago with FLUTD (FIC, to be exact), and after blocking twice, had a perineal ureathrostomy last fall.

  35. 985

    My SheShe is fearless in the face of thunder and fireworks, but extremely anxious on even the shortest car trips. I’d love to try a Thundershirt for her.

  36. 986
    Vanessa L.

    we live in an old train station, about 8 ft from the tracks. several times a week an old freight comes rolling along, moving slowly but making a lot of racket and gently vibrating the floors. our cat, pidge, can sense the train coming, lowers down to the ground and runs to seek shelter behind the washing machine, couch or covers. poor thing hates it!

  37. 987

    What a wonderful invention – so thoughful and practical. As we all wish to care and do our best for our pets, this seems a great asset. It would be great to own and use – to soothe an anxious pet. Whether that be due to:- noise, travel etc.

  38. 988

    I had heard of the thundershirt for dogs, but never thought they’d make one for cats! My cat vocalizes all the time, mostly at night, and this might just be what the vet ordered for a happier anxious cat and her sleep deprived owner :)

  39. 989

    My youngest kitty, Moo, definitely needs a Thundershirt! He’s very easily startled and afraid of everyone except for me (even other people that live in our house). Poor little guy was found alone in a junkyard at 4 weeks old, being chased around by pit bulls – he has been skittish ever since! Anything that would calm him a little would make both of us happy :)

  40. 990

    Bunny (aka Bunzor the Destructor) would benefit from a Thundershirt. Plus we could convince him it is his new tactical vest. ;-)

  41. 991
    Rocky R.

    Our cat Chessie is 12 yrs old and has seizures whenever there is thunder/lightning or fireworks. He falss from wherever he is to the floor. We have had to place pillows allaround his sleeping/sitting areas to avoid his getting injured when he falls and has a seizure!

  42. 992

    I live in Denver and my fiancé lives in Honolulu. Our cat James has made one 8 hour plane flight, but I would love to make him more comfortable for the next several we have planned!

  43. 993

    Oh my gosh! How come I have never known about this?!!! What an amazing product! I must have this for both my 7 pound and 15 pound children! It’s already bad enough to try to put treats inside the carrier to fool them or get the carrier ready a week ahead of time just so they don’t freak out. Would love to try this for my cats!

  44. 994

    Wow sounds perfect for my kitty!

  45. 995

    OMG, this was the first 4th where one of the cats became super anxious. The thundershirt would definitly have helped him. Another one seems to be really bothered by the fog horns when the fog is really thick.

  46. 996

    Would like to have one for my kitty.

  47. 997
    Laura F.

    We have a girl cat who is very scared of loud noises and strangers. She runs when you even approach the vacuum, and hides during thunderstorms, even forgoing meals due to her fear.

  48. 998

    what a terrific idea! we’ve never had this problem with our other cats in previous years, but our newly adopted shelter cats were very upset listening to fireworks, both community and neighborhood, going off the other night – i tried sitting between them to hold them and keep them calm, but these thundershirts would’ve been a big help!

  49. 999
    Chris Jolly

    Boo would love this. She tends to get very stressed when somebody comes in front door. Not sure if this would help but worth a try.

  50. 1000
    Elizabeth E

    My indoor cat gets is very afraid of all the outside noises whenever the kids try to take him to our front porch for cuddle time. Would be great to see if this helps.

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