Many supplement manufacturers produce calming supplements for cats. These supplements are usually sold as chews or tablets. Unfortunately, these forms contain fillers and have poor absorbability; the quantities of nutrients listed on the supplement facts label will not be completely used by the body. Tablets can also be a hassle to administer pets. However, studies have proven that liquid supplements can be easily administered and more effectively absorbed. Thus, a liquid calming supplement for cats ought to have greater calming potential. Let’s look at ingredients that are sometimes used calming supplements for cats.
Valerian (Valeriana officiinalis) is an herb whose root is used to make medicine with sedative effects. Valerian’s calming effects have been recognized from the time of the ancient Greeks, and the legendary Pied Piper purportedly used valerian root to lure the rats out of Hamelin. Modern studies indicate that valerian’s constituent compounds effectuate sedation comparable to that induced by commercial benzodiazepines.
GABA (γ-Aminobutyric acid)
GABA is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that allows nerve cells to communicate. It serves as a general nervous system inhibitor. Not many trials have been conducted on GABA’s ability to invoke calmness, but its future seems promising.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an herb whose Latin species name means “sleep-inducing.” It has been used for many centuries in traditional Hindu medicine (Ayuverda) to treat tumors, ulcers, and carbuncles. Multiple studies indicate that ashwagandha may be effective at reducing psychological and bodily stress, and more research is being conducted to better understand this apparent correlation.
The female flowers of the hop plant (Humulus lupulus) are used beer brewing, wherein they support the activity of the brewer’s yeast, add a presumably desirable bitterness, and provide beer with its depressant effects. Thus, it makes sense that they should also be used in natural calming supplements for cats designed to relax and sedate.
Chamomile (or camomile, if you are an Anglophile) is a daisy-like plant used in sleep-inducing herbal medicines. Chamomile contains numerous chemical compounds that are believed to have anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antiseptic properties. Studies conducted on chamomile’s ability to treat stress have shown encouraging correlations.