The ThunderShirt works by applying gentle, calming pressure to relieve stress in cats who experience anxiety.
The ThunderShirt is a wrap that applies gentle pressure, like a big comforting hug. It works on the principle that deep pressure can be reassuring and calming to the nervous system. Deep pressure touch is utilised for a number of psychiatric conditions in people, particularly in sensory processing disorders. The ThunderShirt was developed by the founders of ThunderWorks for their own dog Dosi. Dosi suffered a debilitating noise phobia. After investigating solutions for Dosi in 2009, the ThunderShirt idea was born and was so successful, they started creating ThunderShirts for other pets. ThunderShirts are now used by pet owners all over the world for a multitude of conditions based in anxiety and fear. If your cat has separation anxiety, is fearful of new situations and people or is about to experience the stress of travel or a house move, the ThunderShirt could be the low cost, easy non-drug solution you need. If your cat exhibits behaviour such as overgrooming, aggression, house soiling or hides, the ThunderShirt could help. Deep touch pressure has been utilised in many different settings, such as with autistic children, those with ADHD and in some psychiatric disorders. In a similar way to swaddling a young baby to increase safety, reduce extraneous stimulation and calm the central nervous system, deep pressure can have a soothing effect. The most notable advocate for deep pressure touch is Temple Grandin, a well-known, highly functioning autistic behaviourist who has a special interest in cattle handling. As a youth, Temple Grandin developed a ‘crush’ for herself, utilising similar principles to the Thundershirt. The ThunderShirt is applied like a wrap or swaddle for a newborn. The lightweight, breathable fabric means that even in hot climates the ThunderShirt can be left on for long periods of time. It is fully machine washable, easy to clean and made with super-soft, durable fabric. The ThunderWorks company believes in their product so much they offer a 45 day money back guarantee. Please contact us for more information.
Why Should I Choose the Thundershirt?
- For cats with aggression or house soiling problems.
- For generalised anxiety, changes and stress in cats.
- Great for cats who are fearful about travel and visits to the vet or cattery.
Why Would I Use Something Else?
- If your cat is still anxious despite the calming effects of the ThunderShirt, see your vet for some pharmacological options.
What else do I need?
Pets with anxiety often respond to pheromone therapy, so using Feliway and the ThunderShirt together can be extremely useful.