Happy Cat stressfree Range

Happy CatTM stressfree Range

Modern living can be stressful for cats and make it difficult for them to experience their natural wellbeing. Happy CatTM stressfree helps make it easy.

… for happy cats and a happy planet too.

The Happy CatTM stressfree range contains Valerian root, a herb well-recognised for her attractiveness to cats & relaxing effects on the nervous system.

Use to help ease stress and anxiety, promote relaxation and recovery, encourage play and naturally enrich a cat's environment.

"Great products. Clients are impressed by the obvious benefits. Well done."
- Veterinarian

Created by animal healthcare professionals and Mother Nature.

Intended as part of an integrated approach to feline wellbeing.

Natural, biodegradable, locally sourced materials wherever possible.

Proudly South African - A product of the Mother City, Cape Town.

Created by animal healthcare professionals and Mother Nature.

Intended as part of an integrated approach to feline wellbeing.

Natural, biodegradable, locally sourced materials wherever possible.

Proudly South African - A product of the Mother City, Cape Town.

Happy CatTM stressfree Box

Happy Cat stressfree Box

The Happy CatTM stressfree Box contains 70 g milled Valerian root, sufficient for months of relaxing, playful happiness. Perfect for regular use, multi-cat households, catteries, hospitals.

Ideas:  Choose a quiet, warm place to sprinkle a pinch of Valerian from the Happy CatTM stressfree Box. The best place to get the full enjoyment and relaxation benefit is one where the cat feels most safe and secure.  Try a sunny spot on the floor, on the scratchpost, in the bed, travel box or cattery cage.

Materials: Milled high-quality Valerian root
Weight: 70 g (88 g with packaging)
Dimensions: 105 mm (length) x 60 mm (width) x 48 mm (height)
Packaging: biodegradable corn-starch bag in a recycled cardboard box

Happy CatTM stressfree Pillow

Happy Cat stressfree Pillow

The Happy CatTM stressfree Pillow is specially designed for travel, vet visits, moving house, cattery stays and periods in hospital.

Ideas: Use the loop and ties on the Happy CatTM stressfree Pillow to secure it to the cat box or cage for travel and hospital stays. Try placing the pillow in any safe hiding place created for nervous cats. Also try rubbing the pillow against the cheek and body when in a challenging experience like a vet examination.

Materials: 100% heavy cotton fabric, stuffed with natural kapok fiber
Dimensions: 140 mm (length) x 100 mm (width)
Weight: 41 g (55 g with packaging)
Packaging: recycled card and biodegradable corn-starch bag

Happy CatTM stressfree Toy

Happy Cat stressfree Mouse

The Happy CatTM stressfree Toy is designed to encourage play, build confidence, develop strength, alleviate boredom and to promote a strong bond with your cat. Ideal for cats that are nervous, depressed, recovering their strength, or needing to be more active.

Ideas: Use the Happy CatTM stressfree Toy to promote relaxation and encourage play. Choose a quiet, warm space to sit calmly and observe.  Use the loop to attach a suitable string to the toy if required.

Materials: 100% heavy cotton fabric, stuffed with natural kapok fiber
Dimensions: 80 mm (length) x 40 mm (width)
Weight: 13 g (20 g with packaging)
Packaging: recycled card and biodegradable corn-starch bag

Happy CatTM stressfree Kicker

The Happy CatTM stressfree Kicker is specially designed to help cats express natural predatory behaviours and is ideal for boisterous, hyperactive, frustrated or aggressive cats.

Ideas: Use the tassels on the Happy CatTM stressfree Kicker to entice your cat to play. Try securing it to the underside of a chair, or a table leg. Use as a wand to safely interact with feral, scared or aggressive cats with a calming touch from a distance.

Materials: 100% heavy cotton fabric, stuffed with natural kapok fiber
Dimensions: 250 mm (length) x 65 mm (width)
Weight: 43 g (51 g with packaging)
Packaging: recycled card and biodegradable corn-starch bag

Happy CatTM stressfree Sachet

Happy Cat stressfree Sachet

The Happy CatTM stressfree Sachet contains 2 g milled Valerian root and is intended to be used as a taster, to provide once-off support, or be given as a small gift of happiness.

Ideas: Choose a quiet, warm place to sprinkle a pinch of Valerian from the Happy CatTM stressfree Sachet. The best place to get the full enjoyment and relaxation benefit is one where the cat feels most safe and secure.  Try a sunny spot on the floor, on the scratch-post, in the bed, travel box or cattery cage.

Materials: Milled high-quality Valerian root
Weight: 2 g (3 g with packaging)
Dimensions: 55 mm (length) x 40 mm (width)
Packaging: recycled paper

Why use Happy CatTM stressfree?

Here is Taz being given a pinch of Happy CatTM stressfree and enjoying what we call the Happy Cat Response. You will see from the video there are two aspects to a cat’s response to Happy CatTM stressfree  – attraction and relaxation.

Attraction – Happy CatTM stressfree contains Valerian root, a natural feline attractant that cats like. Most cats (60-70%) are naturally attracted to Happy CatTM stressfree. Cats typically show a series of behaviours including sniffing, licking, nibbling and then rubbing, rolling. This initial, attractive phase may last a few minutes and then cats settle down for the next phase. This attractive quality of Happy CatTM stressfree makes it easy to use and useful to enrich a cats environment, facilitate play and support new learning.

Relaxation – By smelling and eating the Happy CatTM stressfree cats also get to experience the relaxation aspect. Happy CatTM stressfree helps cats to relax, mind and body, supporting the action of GABA, a chemical in the brain (neurotransmitter) responsible for relaxing the nervous system. This relaxing quality means Happy CatTM stressfree can play a useful role in helping to ease anxiety, promote relaxation, and relieve a variety of stress-related disorders commonly seen in cats.

Note: Kittens under 3 – 6 months old may not be attracted to Happy CatTM stressfree. We are, however, aware of exceptions. Try again in a few months and remember to create a safe, warm space for your cat to fully enjoy and benefit from the experience.

Where and when to use Happy CatTM stressfree?

 Cats are happy by nature but, just like us, they can get stressed. The good news is cats are designed to deal with short-term stress. So when your cat finds himself having to escape from the neighbour’s dog, he is perfectly adapted to do so. However, in the modern world, a cat’s stress response can find itself ‘turned on’ frequently, or for long periods. Recurrent or ongoing stress affects the balanced functioning of the mind and body, and can manifest in nervousness, tension and stress-related behaviours or illness.

Cats are individuals, and can get stressed for different reasons, and manifest their stress in different ways. Here is a list of stressors that many cats find challenging, and a list of some common ways cats express their stressed state.

Possible stressors

moving house
travel
limited outside access
vet visit
cattery stays
loud noises
cage rest
long-term illness
neighbourhood cats
new family members
home renovations
unfriendly housemates
hospitalisation
cat shows
lack of exercise and play
lack of companionship

Possible signs of stress

nervousness, timidity, hiding
tension, irritability, aggression
inappropriate elimination (spraying and marking)
compulsive behaviours (stereotypies) – e.g. overgrooming
nervous digestion (indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome) – e.g. poor appetite, loose stools, gas
bladder inflammation (cystitis)
skin allergies
asthma
slow healing

How to use Happy CatTM stressfree?

Helping to support a cat’s natural ability to be relaxed and happy is a rewarding process. Use Happy CatTM stressfree products as an aid in that process.

Create a Happy Space

For best results create an environment where cats can feel safe and secure and easily meet their basic needs. For some cats this may involve creating a comfortable, warm place to hide away. For others this may be placing a comfortable chair in a sunny spot, or making the garden more cat-friendly. It all depends on what the circumstances are and what, if anything, is distressing the cat. Essentials like food, water and litter trays must be easy to access without stress. Sometimes it is useful to consider ways to reduce upsetting sights and sounds. Because cats are arboreal and like to climb to escape threats, good places to create a happy space are high up on a shelf, in a cupboard, or on top of the refrigerator. A travel box or cage (if in a cattery or hospital) can also be be transformed into a happy space.

Sprinkle a Pinch

Find in a quiet, warm place that your cat likes, or where he/she feels safe and secure. This could be a happy space that you created specially for your cat, the travel box, hospital cage, or favourite sunny spot in the home. Sprinkle a pinch of Valerian root from the Happy CatTM stressfree Box or Sachet. Find  yourself a seat and quietly observe what happens. Cats that like Happy CatTM stressfree may sniff, lick, nibble, rub and roll for a few minutes and then go on to feel more calm and relaxed. We call this the Happy Cat Response. Repeat as required up to three times a day.

Mix with food

Cats that are not naturally attracted to Happy CatTM stressfree can still benefit from its relaxing effects by adding a pinch to their food up to 3 times a day. Adding Happy CatTM stressfree to the food is also useful for cats that do like it but where it is important to ensure maximum benefit from the relaxation effect. Most cats will happily take Happy CatTM stressfree if added to their favourite wet foods or treat. If necessary, start by adding just a small pinch. Sensitive cats may require very little for effect.

Safety considerations when using Happy CatTM stressfree

Happy CatTM stressfree contains Valerian root (Valeriana officinalis), which is generally considered a safe herb for cats. However, if your cat is pregnant, lactating, on medication or undergoing surgery, consult your veterinarian before using Happy CatTM stressfree. Valerian may interact with drugs with similar mechanisms of action, and caution is advised when using Happy CatTM stressfree with these drugs. Drugs with related effects on the nervous system include sedatives and anaesthetics.

If you are concerned about your cat’s wellbeing, or are unsure as to the cause of certain symptoms or behaviours, then consult your family vet. Cats that are stressed always have a good reason. Your family veterinarian and an animal behaviourist are the best ones to help you identify potential stressors, suggest changes, and provide professional support.

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