Welcome to Kitten Zen! If you have a cat with uncontrolled anxiety and you are wondering how to make life better, you’ve come to the right place.
LIFE WITH AN ANXIOUS CAT
Last year, my 16 year-old cat, Salome, passed away after developing renal failure. I adopted Salome (or rather, she adopted me) when I was in grad school at Indiana University. She was about six months old at the time. She was a special, sweet girl with a lot of spunk. Salome made me smile every day, but the one thing she absolutely could not tolerate was the vet.
Actually, that is an understatement. She abhorred the vet or any vet-like person or smell for nearly the entire time she was alive. Anytime I took her to the vet, sounds came out of her that I didn’t even know a cat could make. She hissed, she cried, she yowled, and she scratched. This drama continued even after we returned home.
It was such a spectacle, I was worried and embarrassed every time I took her in for regular check ups. She was labeled as “fractious”, “difficult”, and “anxious”. I was constantly reassuring people that at home she was a different cat. I was terrified at the stress it caused her and warned vet offices in advance of her behavior. Even cat-specific vets had trouble handling her.
Eventually, when she was about 6 or 7 years old, I found a vet with the patience and grace to treat her with the consideration she needed. It was a true blessing because at 13 years old, she started to get chronic kidney infections and her health started to fail. By the time she passed away, I was taking her to the vet every couple weeks, sometimes more. She was on so much medication it required a chart to keep track of the dosing schedule. At one point, she even had a feeding tube inserted. It saved her life and ultimately allowed me a few more years with my baby girl.
If I hadn’t had that special vet, I think Salome would have died from the sheer stress of going to the vet so frequently. No cat should have to live with that much anxiety, and no owner should either.
FINDING YOUR KITTEN ZEN
If you are here, chances are you have a cat with uncontrollable anxiety and are looking for ways to help.
The goal of Kitten Zen is to provide you with the advice, information, product reviews and tips on items, supplements or other products that can help relieve your cat’s anxiety in a variety of situations. I hope the ideas discussed on this site are helpful for you and your fur baby. The love and stress relief that your kitten provides is irreplaceable. A calm stress-free cat will make that relationship even better.
I wish you all the best on your Kitten Zen journey! If you ever have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy respond. Comments and stories are always welcome. Don’t give up – Kitten Zen is here to help!
All the best,
Founder of Kitten Zen