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. 1001

    as the owne of a “moody” cat, to put it kindly, I think this jacket may be worth a try.

  2. 1002
    Reneda Baer

    Out of our 10 cats, we have one little girl who is scared of the others. When they come into her space she immediately finds a place to hide or get out of reach of them. When she is brought around them, she clings to her daddy. I would love for her to be able to relax and enjoy being w/the whole family. Thanks!

  3. 1003
    Margaret King

    Love it one my cat Buddy could really use this.

  4. 1004
    Cynthia Downer

    One of my cats hides under the bed during fireworks, and I’d just like her to feel comfortable next year.

  5. 1005

    Most of the entries above need the Thundershirt much more than Lucy and Slick but here are their stories.
    Lucy is my husband’s cat and after 8 years with us still runs from me and anything out of the ordinary.
    For my cat, Slick, we have tried just about everything including acupuncture, for his aggressive behavior (attacks and biting). We have had success with herbs, OUR behavior modification and Paxil (would like to get him off Paxil).
    We would really love to give the Thundershirt a try. Thank you for the opportunity.

  6. 1006

    Lots of rescue cats at our house too. Someone is usually stressed over something!esp. vet visits. love to try this.

  7. 1007

    Sometimes my cats decide to get really jumpy and nervous. Can’t always tell the reason why, but who knows, maybe this would help.

  8. 1008
    Karen Curtis

    Had to take my cat to Vet today because of fear from fireworks from past week flared her IBS. Taffie hate storms and fireworks! Would love to try this out!

  9. 1009

    Oohh my kitty would very happy w this jacket. Especially for car rides

  10. 1010
    Cathy B.

    I would love to win this shirt and see if it works for my cat.

  11. 1011

    We’re hoping this might help with our rescue kittie, Maudie, who appears to require human companionship after sundown. Any (and every!) time we come home after 8 or 9 PM, we find Maudie has peed in highly inappropriate places. We know it’s Maudie because she has been caught exhibiting the same behavior whenever we have otherwise displeased her, although with gentle training it is now limited to those occasions when we violate Maudie’s curfew rules. Leaving lights on doesn’t help, and she is not alone, as her son (who has never been observed doing this, and who appears to be quite upset when she does) is here to keep her company. Whether she wins this one or not, Maudie is going to get her OWN Thundershirt – and SOON! Thanks so very much for letting us know about this wonderful kitty pacifier!

  12. 1012

    We could definitely use the thundershirt when taking our cat to the vet. He drools the whole way there and begins to pant.

  13. 1013

    I bet this would help Jeffrey, my previously feral kitty, when people come over.

  14. 1014
    Carolyn Sue

    What a wonderful invention! My cats would love it!

  15. 1015

    What an innovative and novel product. I would love one for my kitty in size medium.

  16. 1016
    Barbara Crawford

    I would love to give the thundershirt a try on my cat, Shadow. He has to ride in his carrier every other week when I drive to my son’s for my chemo infusion treatment. I stay for a few days and then it’s back home again – a 100+ mile round trip. Since I will have to forever continue the chemo treatments for my stage 4 colon cancer, Shadow will have to continue with this bi-weekly car trips, which he doesn’t enjoy.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this wonderful prize.

  17. 1017
    Karen Mitchell

    This would be wonderful to try for my cat Geordi.

  18. 1018

    Thunder Bumpers can be difficult to get through for one of my cats, so this would be great. Thank you for this opportunity.

  19. 1019

    My cat Nugget does some biting and also has a lot of separation anxiety when I go on vacation. Hope he can stay calmer with the catsitter with this!

  20. 1020

    I think this would be great. 1 of our 6 cats has pretty bad anxiety and when I hold her tight it calms her down.

  21. 1021
    Shadow Dance Ranch Kittehs

    A couple of us, SDR Kittehs, are a little “high strung” to put it mildly, so this may help us all to feel calmer. Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. 1022

    If this shirt works it will be heavenly! The trips to vet with my kitty are a nightmare that make me jumpy and nervous–I think I need a Thundershirt too.

  23. 1023
    Lauren B

    How large is the “Large”? Because Cozmo is LAAAARGE.

  24. 1024

    It would be nice if it would help Tabby on car trips.

  25. 1025

    Sounds like a great idea for my cat~

  26. 1026

    My cat has extreme anxiety when traveling. I wonder if this would help take the edge off. The vet suggested strong medication, but I’d rather not subject the little guy to that if this would help!

  27. 1027

    We desparately need one of these for Marshall. He is our “needy” boy, needs constant attention and he does not care whether it is good or bad attention. He always wants to be held and petted at the expense of his brothers and sisters and if he isn’t getting attention, he’ll spray something and make sure we see. Nothing works, not conditioning, punishment, and as much attention as we can give with 9 other cats. Help!

  28. 1028

    This looks amazing! Momo would definitely appreciate a Thundershirt. He had FHO (femoral head ostectomy) surgery in the beginning of June, where the top part of his femur was removed. Aside from the huge amount of pain he was in, he has since became very anxious traveling to the vet for the many checkups since- it would be great in calming him down. Lil’ guy was also so depressed wearing the ‘cone of shame’ despite my many attempts to tell him that he wasn’t in trouble, and is still a sad kit because he can’t quite jump high enough to reach the table. A Thundershirt would be a great way for him to feel loved when I’m at work or school as it’ll be like I’m hugging him myself! He’s not often affectionate, but since the surgery (especially when he was wearing the cone), he wanted to be held a lot and now I think it’s because the pressure calmed him. So on behalf of Momo, I hope he wins! He needs a ‘feel good’ gift!

  29. 1029

    My cat is a nervous car rider. I’d like to see if this improves the experience so we can go on a long vacation.

  30. 1030
    Cindy C.

    Would love to try this on my kitty! ♥

  31. 1031

    We have a shy cat at the shelter who is just beginning to warm up to humans but she gets very scared in thunder storms.

  32. 1032

    I’m hoping this will help her relax and then maybe she can stop meowing the whole trip

  33. 1033

    My cat was born feral. She loves us but she is really afraid of almost everyone else. I’d love to put her in a thundershirt before people come over to see if it would keep her out from under the bed.

    If it works on her, it could be a great tool to encourage others to adopt feral kittens. Many people are afraid ferals will never become socialized so they don’t get adopted as often as more social cats. Obviously there is some truth to that, but our cat is a wonderful cat when she feels secure.

    Thanks for holding this drawing!

  34. 1034

    My cats would enjoy this! I have 4 cats and 2 of them are extremely scared of thunder, fireworks, and the like. I can’t wait to try this out to see if it helps them!

  35. 1035

    My Ariel is anxious anyway, so he could use this all the time. But we are driving cross country in August and he could REALLY use it then.

  36. 1036

    I would sooo love to win this! We have a sweet rescue boy, JayJay who is quite easily stressed. We recently moved to a new home, and while we are away (work and what not, have to pay for the kibbles after all), he hides under the covers of the bed – from the time we leave, until the time we return. We have feliway diffusers in place, but those have hardly helped him. I had no idea Thundershirt had a cat version, but I am sure this would help him! Hoping and keeping both fingers and paws crossed!

  37. 1037

    My newest cat hides under the bed most of the time. Maybe this would help her.

  38. 1038

    I have a cat with fear issues…I would love to try this shirt and see if it helps him to be more comfortable and happy.

  39. 1039

    With a couple of (formerly) feral kittens around our place, it can get pretty stressed, especially with the vacume and trips to the vet. Even our older, not feral, cat absolutely hate car trips. If the shirt works it would be great (even if I would probably need more than one and different sizes…).

  40. 1040

    So many needy katz! sigh…….My rescued kitty ,Lil Guy, never comes out during the day always hiding in his domed kat bed. He also runs at any sound or if I walk towards him too quickly. My daughter and I found him by the roadside with a shattered back leg when he was just a small kitten. The vet said it would have to heal naturally as it was totally shattered. The leg healed very nicely as he can run and walk, though not jumping. Don’t know if he was feral or why. He’s 7yrs old now and thundershirt might be just what he needs.

  41. 1041

    haha, this looks so adorable. I think my newly adopted kitty will definitely love this!

  42. 1042
    Chris H

    The Thundershirt is a breakthrough. It does wonders for the emotional well-being of cats and their care-givers.

  43. 1043

    What a wonderful idea! We’d need one for our older little boy, Buster, who tends to get more anxiety now during thunder storms and has always had trouble with trips in the car. To not have him panicking during storms would be wonderful.

  44. 1044

    Having just taken my cat on an 8 hour car ride during which he was very vocal, I would love to give this a try!

  45. 1045

    I need a Thundershirt for my cat Westley, because he is terrified of the car. A few times a year I have to take my cats to my parent’s house- an hour and a half away, as I travel for a few weeks for work. Poor Westley urinates when he sees the carrier. He cries for the whole hour and a half drive, as he foams at the mouth. I have tried various drugs from the vet to calm him- and nothing works. He will be 11 this year- and I fear that these trips are too hard on him to do any longer! HELP!

  46. 1046
    Renee Unger

    I found a kitten outside before his eyes were open and he’s 2 now but he’s still deadly afraid of everything and everyone. I would like to try this wonderful product and hope it would make him feel more secure.

  47. 1047
    Andy w

    After our little girl was hit but a car, know every noise bump or bang and she freezes on the spot digger her claws in, maybe this would help bring her back to carefree self

  48. 1048

    kitties need a comforting hug too!!!! yay for the Thundershirt!

  49. 1049
    Vale Clark

    My daughter’s cat, Westley (10 years old) comes 200 km to stay with me every summer. Poor, terrified cat loses control of stomach contents, bowels and bladder on every trip. He just can’t help it. He NEEDS to win the Thundershirt! I am amazed that such a thing could help him and I think it may.

    My daughter is a travelling biologist and has no choice but to leave him for the duration of her longest trips. Westley, my daughter and I would be so pleased to win!

    Vale Clark

  50. 1050
    Ale O

    My Smokey is afraid of storms

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