1. RELIEF TO STRESS AND ANXIETY - Cats are highly sensitive to stress (not just theirs, but ours, too) and like us, they require consistent periods of relaxation to maintain good health. Hiding, hissing and growling, and litterbox problems are just a few symptoms of stress that erroneously cause us to label a cat mean or spiteful. But in reality, cats are strict creatures of habit and can become stressed by seemingly innocuous conditions such as a new cat in the neighborhood or even new furniture in our home. We must remember that cats do not have the same choices in minimizing or managing stress as we do. Therefore, using Kitty Woods on a regular basis in conjunction with toys to play it can significantly lessen these stressors.
2. SHARPENS NATURAL HUNTING SKILLS - Indoor cats can become lethargic, leaving their hunting skills dulled and unused. This is problematic because the instinctive urge to hunt remains an integral part of a cat’s genetic make-up. Being unable to act upon those urges can add to a cat’s stress. Toys and playtime provide some relief, but the mild hallucinogenic properties in Kitty Woods are thought to allow cats to act upon their hunting skills in a different way altogether.
3. ALLEVIATION OF MEDICAL AILMENTS - Kitty Woods possess illness fighting properties for humans. One study at NYU’s Langone Medical Center suggests that Woods can treat digestive issues, anxiety, insomnia, and colds in humans. Similarly, Kitty woods may alleviate hypertension, arthritic pain, and act as a sedative in humans. While no comprehensive data exists on the subject, it’s very plausible that cats may derive many of these same medical benefits from the herbs. Consider how cats are, in some cases of severe stress, prescribed anti-anxiety medications such as fluoxetine (Prozac) or alprazolam (Xanax). Just as pharmaceuticals can help cats the same way they do humans, it makes sense that Kitty Woods can too.
4. INCREASED BONDING WITH HUMANS -
When the hyperactive effects of Kitty Woods wear off and the cat enters his stage of sublime tranquility, he is more amenable to bonding with his human caretaker. The cat is now fully relaxed and free of stress, which makes it easy for us humans to cuddle, massage, and talk to him. This is an especially important bonding activity for cats that are skittish or shy. Many cats who are not “lap cats,” or that feel uncomfortable being cuddled, can experience quality bonding during this relaxed period of contentment. Cat-human bonding has long been associated with mood and quality of life improvement in both the animal and human.