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. 351

    WOW! I had no idea they made these for cats. I have 2 kitties that this may work for.

  2. 352
    leonard cannon

    This looks really interesting ~ I would love to try it on my female (who is already very highstrung) & see how well it works. She almost makes me nervous at times, is there one for adult humans, lol.

  3. 353

    I have 4 cats, & one of them has always been a ball of nerves & cries constantly & tries to attack one of my other cats quite often. This would be a wonderful device to try on him!!

  4. 354
    Angus Mhor

    You know, I hadn’t thought of this type of therapy for a cat…My son is autistic and when this idea was suggested, these vests weren’t available. We’d sew washers into the hem of a shirt and use that…this is so much better. I need to order one for him!

    As for Angus Mhor, he’s gotten quite skittish since our move to a bigger house. He’s not the lap buddy he once was and starts at every noise. I think this vest would help calm him.

  5. 355

    I have a Maine Coon cat who’s mostly blind, and is terribly frightened by loud noises. This would be great for him.

  6. 356
    Pamela g

    I have a cat that goes absolutely crazy when it storms I need help.

  7. 357

    My cats “freak out” when they have to go to the vet….and that has happened a lot lately. They fight me when I put them in the carrier and run from me for days afterward. I would like to try this to calm them before vet visits and during storms.

  8. 358

    Desmond could use a thunder shirt. He’s the best cat ever!

  9. 359

    Gee, which cat should I try it on first: the one who hides under the bedcovers whenever anything out of the ordinary happens? the one who follows me around the house and gets separation anxiety? or the one who hides under the bed whenever cat number 2 is on the loose? Okay, she hates to be held, so maybe I should try it with the other two first.

  10. 360

    PERFECT giveaway for 4th of July! Dogs aren’t the only ones who don’t like fireworks :-/

  11. 361

    I’ve tried almost everything to get my 4 yr old cat be less stressed about my new kitten. Unfortunately, she still has the urge to stalk and attack her every time she gets a chance. I would love to give the thundershirt a try.

  12. 362

    My oldest kitty totally needs one of these!

  13. 363
    Steph C

    Oh, yes my hyper-alert Norwegian Forest kitty would LOVE to use one of your cool Thundershirts during our many Midwest storms that rumble through here! And even though it’s too late for this 4th of July, we have neighborhood kids who continue to shoot off fireworks on and off till September! Oh yeah, we definitely would appreciate having one of your wonder-Thundershirts. Thanks much.

  14. 364
    Wendy S.

    My dear B has a great deal of trouble with both the vet (howling, very anxious) and home claw clippings. If this works, it could make a tremendous difference in her life.

  15. 365
    Meri Ralston

    Of my eight cats, my 19-yr old tortie absolutely needs this! She wants to be held ALL the time. I’m sure it would give her great comfort when I’m at work to be wearing the Thundershirt. And it would likely help her maintain her warmth in the wintertime, too. Thank you for this very special giveaway!

  16. 366

    One of my kitties is especially fearful during thunderstorms and fireworks

  17. 367

    I would love this for my one cat who hates loud storm’s and fireworks. Super!

  18. 368
    Christine O'Connell

    I’d like to win a Thundershirt for my cat to wear in the car, where he exhibits a lot of anxiety. because I am driving I cannot comfort him and the Thundershirt may just solve the problem.

  19. 369

    I think Blue would realllllyyyy like this. Do you choose by what people comment? I know there’s some on here that would NEED it more than my kitty.

  20. 370

    Would love to try this on one or more of my cats when they are stressed!

  21. 371

    I’d ike to see if this could help my cat feel less stressed about fireworks and thunderstorms!

    Thanks :-)

  22. 372

    This would be great to have. I can barely catch my cat to take her to the vet and when I do her heart beats so fast. I really hope this works.

  23. 373

    Diego needs that all the time!

  24. 374

    I have two fearful cats I am fostering right now who can use some help to relieve their anxiety. This sounds as if it might help. Thanks

  25. 375

    Great idea!!!!

  26. 376

    Wow! Need this for my cat!

  27. 377

    I wonder if this would help when needing to administer insulin shots … it’s a new thing for me and I’m trying to make my kitty comfortable with it.

  28. 378

    I have a couple of kitties who would love to have a Thundershirt, for today as well as for thunderstorms :) !

  29. 379

    I really need this with 6 cats!

  30. 380

    I adopted my 6 year old brother and sister darlings about 7 months ago. They are awesome but Ming has serious teeth/gum/mouth problems. I need to examine his mouth often and he really dislikes it and is fearful of me afterward. If I could get him used to the shirt, and it worked, it would really help me see and evaluate what’s going on in there more often and get him to the vet without an anxiety attack. Thanks!

  31. 381
    Beth Ann

    One of my kitties is terrified of thunder. It would be wonderful if this vest could help her feel safe.

  32. 382

    I had no idea it could help with vocalizing in the car! Sign me up.

  33. 383

    Not sure if any of my 8 kitties would go for this, but I’m game to try it on them to see. It would be great to see if it will work, they’re all nervous nellies!

  34. 384
    Christine Pometta

    YES, YES, YES! I’ve been wanting one of these for my stressed out kitty!

  35. 385

    I would love to try that on my boyfriend’s cat. She’s nervous about just about everything

  36. 386

    Love this!!!

  37. 387
    Irvin Wolfe

    My Kittyboy will look very handsome in this Thundershirt!

  38. 388
    Donald B. Fugirr

    So Alphaba can celebrate our Independence. This is a Revolutionary idea.

  39. 389
    Erin H

    I just learned about the existence of these Thundershirts a couple days ago. One of my cats is a complete demon monster at the vet, even when our other cat goes to vet and comes home the smell makes him crazy and causes a ton of trouble. These sound like an interesting idea.

  40. 390

    I wish I had one right now.

  41. 391

    What an interesting product! Our guy could use this when we have guests over. I’d love to try it out.

  42. 392

    Well… I do have a cat I really need to use one of these on. Will need one for my sons wild dog too.

  43. 393
    Paula Corman

    I really hope that the “thunder-shirt” will help my Cleopatra………
    She is so nervous around the vacuum, Thunder, heavy rain………….
    She is even scared of my electric wheel-chair…………….
    I would love to help her out………………
    Thank you……………

  44. 394
    Nancy Hancock

    My poor Prudence has been terrified of thunder, the basement and any loud noise since she was born. I would love it if the thunder shirt could help her cope. She cowers and it just breaks my heart.

  45. 395

    I have two cats, one is totally chill, the other, Fred, the grey gets quite stressed when there are changes or loud noises. He is a sweet thing, but when he gets nerved, he pees on you. I think this would be worth a try

  46. 396
    Karen Bowman

    My daughter’s rescue cat is very anxious around any new person and most noises. Medication didn’t really help so took him off. She is now expecting despite long odds to the otherwise, and is worried, of course, about the cat’s responses (no, he will not be left unsupervised anywhere close, and will not be given away).

  47. 397

    Sure could have used that two nights ago!

  48. 398

    I would be very interested in seeing how this works for cats, having witnessed how helpful it can be for many dogs.

  49. 399

    Our cat is not a fan of fireworks. This would be awesome.

  50. 400

    What a great idea! :)

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