Anxiety Medication for Cats

Anxiety medicine for cats can help your pet deal with ongoing and circumstantial stress, like travel or vet visits. Shop prescription and non-prescription treatments for your cat’s anxiety.

Frequently Asked Questions

What medication can I give my cat for anxiety?

Many different anxiety medications for cats have been proven effective at reducing fear and unwanted behaviors like hiding, aggression, or urinating outside the litter box. A few of the most commonly prescribed cat meds for anxiety include the following:

  • Gabapentin: Gabapentin treats neuropathic pain, seizures, and anxiety by calming the brain and dampening the nervous system to prevent overreactions. 
  • Clomicalm: Clomicalm is an antidepressant used to treat separation anxiety in pets. It can prevent destructive behavior, vocalization, and inappropriate urination. 
  • Trazodone: Trazodone is another popular anxiety medication for cats. It's a Serotonin Antagonist/Reuptake Inhibitor (SARI) that can help pets stay calm in anxiety-inducing situations. Trazodone can be prescribed to cats for long or short-term use, depending on what types of situations trigger their anxiety.

How do I know if my cat needs anxiety medication?

Not every cat displays anxiety in the same way. However, cats with anxiety may:

  • Have decreased activity levels
  • Hide
  • Become aggressive
  • Have accidents outside the litter box
  • Vocalize
  • Experience vomiting and diarrhea
  • Refuse to eat
  • Engage in compulsive behaviors

Unfortunately, many cat anxiety symptoms are signs of other underlying diseases in cats. Therefore, you won't know whether your cat needs anxiety medication until you talk to a vet who can rule out any underlying illnesses causing changes in their behavior or mood. Depending on your pet's anxiety symptoms, they may also benefit from vomiting or diarrhea medication for cats to prevent uncomfortable symptoms. 

What causes anxiety in cats?

Almost anything can cause anxiety in cats, so it may be difficult to determine why they're anxious. However, a few causes of anxiety include:

  • Separation anxiety: Cats can develop separation anxiety when left alone for long periods. 
  • Health issues: Health issues can make cats more prone to anxiety because they're in pain. In addition, neurological disorders can cause anxiety, especially as cats age, and may experience forgetfulness. 
  • Trauma: Traumatic experiences are one of the main causes of anxiety in pets. If your cat was in a shelter or bad situation before you adopted them, they might be prone to anxiety. 

In addition, certain things can trigger anxiety in cats. For example, loud noises like fireworks, strangers, and other pets may cause anxiety in cats. 

Can I buy anxiety medication for my cat online?

When you have an anxious cat, going to the vet can feel like a nightmare. Unfortunately, the vet's office is one of the places where cats feel the most anxious, causing them to become reactive or aggressive, vocalize, or do anything to try to escape. Luckily, you can get your prescriptions delivered to your door with Dutch. 

Whether you need a refill on your cat's anxiety medication, urinary medicine for cats, or vomiting medicine for cats, we've got you covered. In addition, you can purchase non-prescription medicines for cat anxiety from our online marketplace. Sign up for Dutch telemedicine for pets today to consult with one of our licensed vets and get your first cat anxiety medication delivery.