Safe Space: Create a safe and cozy space for your cat to retreat to during thunderstorms. Set up a quiet, dimly lit room with your cat's favorite bedding, toys, and a hiding spot. This can help them feel secure and reduce their exposure to the frightening noises.
Calming Pheromones: Feliway is a synthetic feline facial pheromone spray or diffuser that can help cats feel more relaxed and secure. It mimics the natural pheromones cats use to mark their territory.
Herbal Remedies: Some herbal supplements, such as chamomile or valerian root, may have calming effects on cats. These herbs can be used in various forms, including as treats, supplements, or diffused essential oils.
Music or White Noise: Play soothing music or white noise to help drown out the sound of thunderstorms. There are even specialized playlists designed for calming cats.
Massage and Gentle Touch: Petting and massaging your cat in a gentle and soothing manner can help them relax. Focus on areas they enjoy being touched, such as their head, cheeks, and back.