Got these in hopes that they'd help my two cats in a stressful cross country move. I loaded up on everything possible ($$$) including these treats. For starters they smell like rancid bacon to me. I can only imagine what my cats smell. One sneezes when he gets close to them. The other runs away. I tried hiding one broken up in their kibble but they refused to eat any of it. These might appeal to some pets, but mine didn't like them.
My cat loves her vitamin treats but she wouldn't touch these so I can't tell you if it worked. I will say when you open the container the smell is putrid but that's not always a bad thing in cat food but... I tried smashing it up and mixing well with her wet food...she quit eating. Your cat may love it.
These have been a life saver for us! Our cat is a senior who is deaf with kidney failure…this is a recipe for non-stop yowling and meowing all hours of the day and night! We were starting to really lose our minds. These work better than the pain reliever/sedative from our vet, so I have completely stopped giving him that. These help him relax, help him sleep longer with way less sleep disturbances and he seems more comfortable in his body (stretching out and relaxing as apposed to scrunching up and being tense. He is also way more cuddly and affectionate as a result of being more comfortable. Truly thankful for these, they are worth a try! One tip is that I crumble them in front of him rather than giving him the treat whole. It seems to make them more appetizing by releasing the smell and also easier to chew. When I gave him the treat whole, he threw it up. Crumbled, he eats it and it stays down every time.
This product definitely works, but my vet advised me that valerian root affects the liver in the same way that a chemical depressant or pain reliever will. My caution is to not use it frequently, or very long. You can give milk thistle to aid in liver repair if you need to use it for any length of time.
They would not eat the Zesty Paws calming bites, sniffed but would not eat. It stayed in the bowl all day. I didn't try but about 4 bites. I have 3 cats. I have tried the calming spray it works a little better, but this was a failure. I will not purchase again.
I give my 6 month old kitten one of these at night to help her calm down for bedtime. She wouldn’t take the chew alone so I’ve been crushing one up and putting it in her dinner. Keeps her calm and helps her stay out of trouble while I’m sleeping.
They dont create the intended effect for my cat who usually is antsy and on edge. Sometimes they gave him an extra boost of energy some how. He also seems to be breathing at a much faster pace than he should so that is concerncing. Our other cat who will eat almost anything will not eat these treats.
The calming bites were a fail for my two cats. Neither one liked them. Our older cat is quite fussy in his old age so that didn't surprise me much. But the other one eats most anything. I am still in search of a treat that will help calm down the younger cat. She is skittish and afraid of loud noises. She even "yells" at me when I empty the dishwasher!
I was worried these would be a bust after reading other reviews but thankfully they've been great! We got them to help our cat sleep through the night and so far they've worked great. When we only gave her one they didn't work as well but now that she's having two every evening it's been perfect. She isn't a picky eater by any means but she goes CRAZY for these treats! She loves them!
I was surprised by the number of negative reviews. The smell is strong, and I was worried as too that my cats wouldn't like it. But to my surprise they both eat it and think it's normal treats. They would get zoomies and into a tussle around bedtime, and these seem to do the trick with calming them down for bed