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Sentry Calming Collar For Cats Review

Sentry Calming Collar for Cats Review

Could  your cat use assistance for anxiety?

If your cat is anxious, jumps at every sound, or pees around the house, they probably have anxiety issues. This is very common in cats that have come from a rescue situation or have been abandoned. They will be scared and timid or possibly defensive and territorial. These can all be affects of anxiety. Helping calm this anxiety can help your cat feel safe, content and truly at home in your home. It can also help multiple cats get along better. If you have any interest in a product to make your cat feel safe and content please check out this Sentry Calming Collar for Cats review.

What are pheromone mimicking products?

Sentry brand makes a line of pheromone mimicking products that help dogs and cats feel content and safe. Pheromones are scents that we as humans cannot smell. The pheromones in the Sentry products mimic this “scent” of a mother cat which makes kittens feel safe. Sentry makes diffusers which we tried first, as well as sprays and collars. If you have multiple cats it might make sense to use the diffusers, however I found they were much more expensive than the collars especially since only one of our cats needed the assistance. The diffusers can also be a bit difficult to use since you are supposed to have one in each room of the house! They only last about 3 weeks or maybe a month so we had to replace the oil constantly. They have also been reported to smoke which brings up the possibility of them catching something on fire!

Sentry Calming Collars

For these reasons I switched to the Sentry Calming Collars. They have worked better than the diffusers for me. They are available in a multi-pack from Amazon so the price is very reasonable.

They need to be replaced about every 3 weeks. When a collar gets old and the scent starts to wear off, my boy starts to get jumpy again. He acts annoyed and skittish and we know it is time to replace his collar. Replacing it can be a bit of a challenge since he gets annoyed but once it is on he acts like it isn’t even there. He never scratches at it or seems to care that he has it on.

NOTE: Make sure the collar is adjusted correctly. Of course you don’t want it to be too tight, however it also cannot be too loose. If your cat can get his lower jaw under it, it could get stuck in his mouth! The hard plastic could cut your cat’s mouth. I read of this happening to someone and the first time I used one of these collars I realized I had it on too lose. You should be able to get several of your fingers under it comfortably (depending on the size of your cat and your fingers!) but your cat should not be able to get it into his mouth!

You will have to cut the excess length off the end of the collar with scissors after you get it adjusted. It is very long so unless you have an exceptionally large cat it will probably be too long.

How They Work

I am very happy with the collars. My cat doesn’t mind them, they don’t seem to irritate his skin and they work. He needs these collars to function as a “normal” cat! He also needs the drops I explain below.

The collars have scent called “lavender chamomile”. This is quite strong at first but mellows out after a few days. There is a powder residue on the collars when you first open the bag and take them out. This is normal and can just be ignored. You can also brush the excess off over a garbage can if you don’t want it around.

The Other Product My boy Needs to be Calm

Safe Space for Cats Drops by Jackson Galaxy


I also use Spirit Essences brand Safe Space for Cats drops for extra assistance as my boy was really a basket case on his own. With the collars and the drops he is little Mr. Perfect. He is gentleman who follows me around, keeps me company everywhere, stays calm, likes to be picked up and cuddled, interacts well with my other two cats, but still has the energy to be a young cat and run around and play! This product does not drug your cat or make them tired all the time!

Make Sure it Isn’t a Medical Problem

If you have any doubt that your cat may need to see a vet for a medical condition like a UTI, don’t wait! These problems can be very serious. If your cat seems healthy and you just want to check to make sure, check out this amazing litter additive that changes colors to indicate urinary health problems. I used it periodically to make sure my cats are healthy. I use a little bit on a puddle if they pee outside the box so a bag will last me all year or longer. Super fast, affordable and easy to use and amazing value for the peace of mind it provides.

Thank you for checking out this Sentry Calming Collar for Cats review and please let me know if you have any questions or comments!

Jessica

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10 Comments

  1. Jeremy

    I’ve actually seen this work with the drops. Im sure the collar does also. I’m not exactly sure it was the same ones but ya. You can get ones for dogs too. Totally worth it if they’re really worked up. One thing you don’t need is a cranky kitty.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Jeremy,
      Thank you for your comment. It is amazing what is available if you know where to look! These products can be revolutionary in giving us peace and happiness at home!
      Jessica

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  2. Kim

    I have never heard of these collars before but I need to try it! We adpoted a new cat in November last year and this collar might be just what we need. He’s a bit of a ‘fraidy cat and seems to frighten easily. Meanwhile, one of my other cats has had a behavioural change and the balance in our house is turned right around and he’s constantly chasing the other cats around and fighting. I hope these collars can help both my boys!!

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Kim,
      The drops and collar seem to work about 50/50 for my crazy boy. He needs both but he is a pretty tough case I think! The brand that makes the drops I review here also makes another variety called Bully Solution for cats that fight. I have not tried it yet but their Safe Space for Cats Drops work so well that I would not hesitate.

      Let me know if you try the collars and what you think!
      Jessica

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  3. Riley

    What a great review! My daughter has a beautiful red persian who exhibits this kind of anxiety so I will send her to your site to read for herself these great recommendations. I love the tip of how to test for UTI also. Thanks again for the information you provided.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Riley,
      Thank you so much for stopping by and for your comment. I am glad this information is useful for you and your daughter. My boy is very anxious and he needs both of these products to be “normal”. When he has them he is calm, follow me around, is affectionate and just great! He isn’t tired, he still runs and plays and roughhouses with his brother (our other boy cat). I can’t even explain how amazing these products were for us!

      I was so glad to find an easy, affordable UTI check also!
      Jessica

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  4. fungisai makate

    hello .My little sister love cats and l find this great staff l am going to share your information with her

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      Hello Fungisai,
      Thank you for your compliment and for sharing this with your sister! I hope to help pet owners find great solutions for common health and behavior problems.
      Jessica

      Reply
  5. C. MacPherson

    Strapped this to my cat’s neck and when cuddling noticed my nose started to burn. Although my cat did not complain it was off in an hour. Had to put the collar in a plastic bag cause it stunk up the room. Poor cats. Nasal passages burning and who knows what else is irritated and by what? I call it toxic.

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    1. Jessica (Post author)

      I understand your concern. I had the same thoughts when I first tried it. That is why I tried Jackson Galaxy’s Safe Space For Cats Drops. So far, my boy needs both otherwise he pees on everything due to anxiety. He has had no side effects from the collar so far. I would like to find a permanent alternative however.

      Reply

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