12 September, 2008 at 1:48 am #20156
I responded to someone wanting to know about Rescue Remedy on another post and thought maybe it would be good to let everyone know about this.
If you need to calm a cat a good way of doing it naturally is to use Rescue Remedy which is wonderful stuff but it is quite subtle and may not have as much effect as some might need. For something a little stronger you can use Valerian Root or Camomile. Both are natural and both can be purchased in a dry form. Camomile is usually purchased to make tea and you can simply mix it into food. Both of these are loved by cats and you shouldn’t have a problem getting them to eat food which has either mixed in. However, Valerian Root is a much stronger smelling property than Camomile and some cats may not take to it as well as others.
In the case of wanting to trap or catch a cat, you can also make up a mixture of water and Rescue Remedy and spray the cage or trap. Feliway is also attractive to cats and can be sprayed inside a cage or trap.
If you are planning on catching a cat and transporting it to a vet, cover the cage with a towel once it is inside. It will help to lessen its anxiety.
A quick note of caution. For anyone who has stray or abandoned cats in their neighbourhood which they want to catch either keep or to fix and release, please be careful when approaching. You sometimes can’t tell if a kitten is stray or feral and feral kittens can strip your hands to shreds. I still have the scars from a little 3 week old feral I thought I could just catch with my hands. I did but that sweet little baby turned into a rototiller. It was absolutely shocking to see. I had to drop it off at the vets and go to the hospital. Believe it or not, I had leather gloves on! So it can be done but don’t ever walk into a situation like that until you know what you are dealing with.
If you would like to read up on Bach’s Rescue Remedy which I recommend highly, here is the url for the official website:
These products are made from a base of flowers. The Rescue Remedy is great because it will calm down a cat or dog without making it dopey or lethargic. There is liquid and cream. The cream you rub onto their ears but I have never had much luck with it and prefer the liquid which you put in their water. The strange thing is your other pets can drink the same water and the only one affected will be the one who needs calming. Very strange but it works.
I almost forgot. If everything fails, you can drink the Rescue Remedy yourself!12 September, 2008 at 2:10 am #286016
I’ve been lucky enuf to not need to calm too many ferals in my times, until now. I’ve searched high & low for Bach’s Rescue Remedy in all the stores,including our town Petsmart store & can’t find the stuff anywhere. I can’t order it online because I’m not financially enriched enuf to even own a charge card.
Can any of you give me any ideas on where I could get it dirt cheap?12 September, 2008 at 2:47 am #286017
Susie check your email. Thanks Petpntr for the info, I had been looking for this stuff myself, because I have a butthead in my house that bugs the heck out of Max.12 September, 2008 at 2:59 am #286018
Susie, Rescue Remedy is sold in health food stores. Some drug stores may have it but not all. I will warn you that it is expensive at least up here. A small bottle about the size of your small finger is around $14.00.
If you need the Rescue Remedy but can’t afford it, try the camomile tea or valerian root. They are both very inexpensive. I hope this helps.12 September, 2008 at 3:19 am #286019
petpntr the small bottle costs $10.50 here, I am going to try the camomile tea myself, would that be the tea bags or loose leaf?12 September, 2008 at 3:28 am #286020
If you can get the loose leaf use it. Grind it up so it isn’t quite as coarse and put it into the food. You can also use what is in a tea bag but I suspect it is not quite as pure as the loose camomile. I have used camomile tea bags to nurse wounds and it certainly did the job fine but if I had the choice I think I would try the loose stuff.
I just realized I didn’t mark down the quantity to use. I suspect you can try out a level teaspoon in a dinner first and see how that works. You will know because in all likelihood your kitty will sleep more than usual.12 September, 2008 at 3:52 am #286021
Well sleeping for butthead wouldn’t be a bad thing, he has the energy of Tigger most of the day and he is 5 + years old.12 September, 2008 at 4:04 am #286022
AZDEBRA, where do you get it?12 September, 2008 at 4:06 am #286023
I am going to try the camomile tea until I get the Bachs Rescue Remedy, Sheba’s Mom….I order the Rescue Remedy online at the website that petpntr put above. They like catnip so the tea should be fine with them, ok I am hoping. Thought that GNC had the Rescue Remedy but didn’t want to wait and check tomorrow at the store.12 September, 2008 at 4:08 am #286024
I’ll try one of the health stores-there is one on Camelback around 44th St.12 September, 2008 at 4:09 am #286025
That might work, ordering it online the s&h is $4.50 (half the cost of the small bottle), kinda high since its coming from California.
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