Wishing for a Cure: Where's My Anti-Stress Calming Collar?
I have a cat. Got her as a cute kitten but now she is a cat. This is the first one that I have ever owned. I am a big animal lover, but this cat has been testing my patience. She has issues with a quiet house. Anytime someone is sleeping, she can't stand it and starts meowing. She meows right outside my daughter's door when she is napping. The worse thing is she meows every night, when the family tries to sleep and again, in the wee hours of the morning. Constantly meowing. Loudly! She has food and water, access to the outside, access to any room she wants, lots of cat toys, two dogs to play with, but nothing keeps her quiet. On top of all that, she's mean and bites or scratches you if you try to touch her. I am at my wits end, willing to try anything so I don't have to give her away.
Today, I found an interesting product in the pet aisle. Its called an "Anti-Stress Calming Collar" and is designed to "safely and effectively calm cats". The box continues, "Ideal for stressful" and "unexpected situations". The collar contains pheromones that are supposed to naturally calm your pet cat. I bought it to try out for nighttime to see if it could help calm my uneasy cat, so I can finally get a good night's sleep.
As I was reading the box, I found myself thinking, "Where's my anti-stress calming collar?" Wouldn't it be great if someone invented a similar collar, like a bracelet for example to help you with anxiety? The boxes could read the same thing, "ideal for stressful and unexpected situations." Take it out before going to that party and tah-dah!, you are anxiety free for the evening. Having a rough batch of morning anxiety? Slip it on when you first wake up and your day is suddenly much brighter. It would be nice if there was a simple cure-all for our anxiety. Unfortunately we, as humans, are very complicated creatures and our minds are not so easily fooled.
Also unfortunate, the calming collar did nothing to stop my cat's meowing problem. Have you ever tried a product claiming to cure anxiety only to have it not work?
White, A. (2010, May 18). Wishing for a Cure: Where's My Anti-Stress Calming Collar?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, August 11 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/anxiety-treatment-anxiety-panic/2010/05/wheres-my-anti-stress-calming-collar
Author: Aimee White
I am the epitomy of anxiety and always have been...the overachieving child, the must have the perfect crease in my clothes dresser, no white after Labor Day for me, now it's the yard, and my work. It was a good thing to know about anxiety before my children...so I could raise them with B's are okay, even good...dress is fun when it doesn't match perfectly...and so on. I have tried it all from homeopathic methods such as massage, meditation, yoga, acupuncture, aromatherapy to medication. My findings are that I am a fast moving person who likes to do things to the best of my ability and if I learn to take SMALL moments in my day to breathe, sit in the sun, and simply get off the "merry-go-round of my life"...I do just fine. I still include all of the above antidotes, and medication only under the most dire circumstances, but I believe it all adds up to the balance in my life that I call "calm." Keep trying....and don't forget...hot baths are incredible right before bedtime!