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What are some home remedies to relieve the symptoms of a cat in heat?

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Catnip, valerian and chamomile have been shown to calm a cat in heat, according to PetMD. WikiHow's list of non-herbal measures includes playing more with the cat, letting her sit on a warm blanket or towel, or installing a feline pheromone diffuser such as Feliway. Making plenty of cat food available can also mitigate the common symptom of appetite reduction, while keeping her litter box clean can discourage her from marking her territory with urine.

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Herbal remedies may not work the same in all cats, so it is important to gauge a cat’s response to an herb before administering it while she is in heat. PetMD notes that the safest way to administer herbs is in dried form, by stuffing them in a small pillow or toy. If catnip normally has a calming effect on a cat, it is likely to have a similar effect when given while she is in heat. Other herbs include valerian, which can have a calming, sleep-inducing effect, and chamomile, which promotes relaxation.

Some cat owners have found that their cats become calm when sitting on a warm towel or blanket, while others rely on tiring the cat out with more playtime than usual, according to WikiHow. A feline pheromone diffuser such as Feliway can also make a cat feel at ease and have a calming effect. Finally, to deal with the symptoms of heat, it is important to make plenty of food and a clean litter box available.

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