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post #1 of 15
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The label says it helps ease stress of travel, boarding or grooming.

The ingredients are: Dried whey, gelatin, brewers dried yeast, cellulose, dried hops, chamomile, ginger, magnesium stearate, taurine, magnesium silicate and tryptophan.

I recognize "tryptophan" as what makes humans sleepy after eating a Thanksgiving Day turkey.

But...anyone use this product? I guess it is like a kitty tranquilizer.

I was given a sample packet of three capsules where one capsule is used for a >7 lb cat. Any comments before I try it out?
post #2 of 15
I think I tried that once and it did absolutely nothing for my cats. But that just could be how my cats are...
post #3 of 15
I would not give my kitties anything, if I was not POSITIVE it was OK to use. Be careful.
post #4 of 15
I have used it on a dog but she was 65 lbs ... I would use a liquid on a cat, they have it at petco
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Oh, I will definitely do my homework. But taking Nano to the clinic is quite an ordeal for her and for myself, so I have to look out for anything that might help us out.

I will look at Petco and see if they have a liquid. Again, I just got a free sample packet of capsules and that's all I knew.
post #6 of 15
I bought some once, but that was only because I was completely out of the capsules I needed in order to give my cat her medication. I ended up dumping out the contents and using the capsule.

Somethings you might do to keep your kitty calm before, during, and after the vet visit:
1. Leave the crate (or whatever you use to transport her) out for a few days before the trip so she can get used to the smell. Leave it open so she is free to go in and out. Be sure that whatever the container is, it is clean.
2. Invest in a bottle of Feliway. It is probably more likely to help than the Pet-Ease.
3. Once the kitty is in the crate/container, cover it with a sheet or blanket. That makes it a dark, safe space where all of the strange sights and sounds aren't so scary.
4. If you can, talk to your vet about checking in while leaving your cat in the car. Then return to the car and have them come out to get you when it is your turn. If your kitty is stressed out in the waiting area, this will help a lot by minimizing the time spent around barking dogs and crying cats.
5. If it's not too hot, put your kitty back in the car and then return to pay the bill. Again, this will minimize the stress from the waiting area.

Good luck!
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Nano is already used to her top loading carrier and I take her for periodic outdoor excursions so she is acclimated to the actual transportation. It is more of a problem for how she behaves once she arrives at the clinic -- she's bitten or scratched at least one person every visit. I'm surprised they still let me come back.

All I mean is that if there is a way to "chill out" a cat so they will be more docile in certain situations, I am open to ideas...

For example, saying Feliway is better than Pet-Ease gives me a very useful opinion and helps put things in perspective.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Nano
Nano is already used to her top loading carrier and I take her for periodic outdoor excursions so she is acclimated to the actual transportation. It is more of a problem for how she behaves once she arrives at the clinic -- she's bitten or scratched at least one person every visit. I'm surprised they still let me come back.

All I mean is that if there is a way to "chill out" a cat so they will be more docile in certain situations, I am open to ideas...

For example, saying Feliway is better than Pet-Ease gives me a very useful opinion and helps put things in perspective.
for calming camomile liquid from the health food store.. feliway in the spray doesnt work well for most( what i heard)... I am not sure how the diffuser would work for this...
I was in the same boat with my dog.. she is an angel till the vet ... I changed vets and she is great
post #9 of 15
I bought some of the Dog formula for my dog that is afraid in thunderstorms and it did absolutely nothing for him.
post #10 of 15
I got some of those chewable tablets for cats & dogs, and it did nothing for any of mine. If anything, it seemed to make Jake (my dog) even more stressed. I gave him a pill or two, waiting a half hour, and then went out to tackle his coat with the brush, but he attacked the brush right away. Either he knew I was trying to dose him, or the tablets were having opposite effect that they were supposed to. Oh well, at least it was only 5 bucks or so, lol
post #11 of 15
The tablets you described sound a bit like the Johnson's Veterinary Travel Eze that I use for Tibby and Molly. They are made with Ginger - they do work really well as Tibby is not the best traveller (as a lot of people can tell you!)
The tablets contain Zingiber officionale. (not quite sure what this is, but the tablets were recommended by my Vet)
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Hmm...there's no Zingiber officionale in the ingredient list or anywhere on the package.

Thanks to the replies. And so far no favorable comments, so glad this was a FREE sample and maybe it ends up in the trash.

I can check on the chamomile liquid?
post #13 of 15
Sar: zingiber officinale is the scientific name for ginger root.

I've never had to use pet-ease--but when I flew w/Oliver from NY to FL I gave him a prescription tranquilizer the vet gave me.
Try giving your vet a call and see what she/he has to say about the pet-ease...chances are they'll have heard of it and know whether it works.
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Yeah, the sample went in the trash!

I will consult with the clinic prior to Nano's next visit.

Thanks for the replies and I won't be using this product on Nano.
post #15 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by OllyExtra05
Sar: zingiber officinale is the scientific name for ginger root.
Thank you! I thought it might be something to do with Ginger!
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