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post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I have read periodically on this site where people have recommended Flower Essence to calm down certain behaviors in cats. Can someone please explain to me exactly what is meant by Flower Essence and also what is it generally recommended for when it comes to cats? Thanks
post #2 of 13
Flower Essence is nothing more than a flower tea using water. A couple of drops into their food or on the cat itself will relieve stress. The flower water gives off an energy unique to the flower. Essence is made by putting flowers in a bowl of water and having it sit in the sun for 2-3 hours or pouring warm water on the flowers and let sit 2-3 hours. After use, discard the essence. It is better when made fresh and not stored.

It is not so much as the properties of the flowers itself that does the healing, but the energies that the flowers give off, the essence. Chamomile for example is a calming flower. The following link has a list of flowers they use in their Essence.

You can purchase Flower Essence here: They use brandy to preserve their Essence. They give instructions to de-alcohol their Essence too.

http://www.catfaeries.com/essences.html

I have never used Flower Essence, some have. When Mittens was sick, I put a couple drops of Chamomile tea in her food. Catnip tea is also good.
post #3 of 13
I swear by flower essences - I was REALLY leary of it at first, sounded like quack medicine, but after seeing the RAPID changes in my feral rescue's personality within the first week of use, I am a true believer now!
post #4 of 13
When one the cats I used to have got very anxious, I tried Bach's Essences and they seemed to work. I would apply some to a patch of bare skin or to the skin on the outside of his ears.
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
I have never heard of Bach's Essence, what is that?

I'll look more into the Flower's Essence and see if it's something that might work on good ole Barkley. Anything to help calm him down on his rambunctious days would be a great help
post #6 of 13
Just look up "Bach's Rescue Remedy" online.
post #7 of 13
Bach Rescue Remedy is the best known. You can also find them at natural food stores like Wild Oats or Whole Foods. I have sometimes seen them at regular grocery stores that carry organic foods like Safeway.
post #8 of 13
It's been awhile since I've used Bachs, but Whole Foods also had essences without alcohol in them (very pricey!). When I would use Bach's on Harrison, he smelled like a brewery. I didn't know there was a way to remove the alcohol.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
I swear by flower essences - I was REALLY leary of it at first, sounded like quack medicine, but after seeing the RAPID changes in my feral rescue's personality within the first week of use, I am a true believer now!
Ditto that ..

I use bach rescue remedy and a few others depending on need
post #10 of 13
Have you tried Feliway Comfort Zone? I have a diffuser plugged in 24/7; it takes the edge off my three cats, two of which aren't the best of friends.
post #11 of 13
I tried two mixtures of flower essences for Rocket's spraying problem and they didn't seem to do anything. I occasionally give a cat a squirt of Rescue Remedy when they really get overly hyper and that does seem to calm them down, but it might be the alcohol or the awful taste.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by GingersMom View Post
I swear by flower essences - I was REALLY leary of it at first, sounded like quack medicine,
I agree with Betsy, at first I was really skeptical.

We've used it on my sisters Rottie mix who hated white cars/vans and shopping bags (went into attack mode) he has some Australian bush flower essences daily and now he's calm in those situations - like a different dog!

Also rescue remedy when doing cat intro's and an essence spray called calm & clear.
post #13 of 13
Flower essences worked great for me too!
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