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I recommend Feliway quite often in my practice. It is a product that releases something called a pheromone which helps to relieve stress and anxiety in cats. You can buy Feliway as a spray or as a diffuser (like a Glade Plugin). In this review, we'll look at what the scientific research says and also whay my personal experiences with the product are.
Cats have something called “facial pheromones”. Have you ever wondered why your cat likes to rub his or her face on things? The cat is probably depositing facial pheromones which are meant to tell other cats that this is his territory. When a cat senses facial pheromones that it recognizes, this calms the cat. This is because the pheromones say to the cat, "Hey! This is my space! I feel safe here!"
Feliway is a synthetic version of the cat facial pheromone. As mentioned above, when the cat senses the feliway, his brain gets the message that he is in a safe, stress-free environment.
Felway comes in a diffuser which is a plugin that you plug into the wall or as a spray that you can spray on objects in the house. The spray is especially useful if your cat is urinating in a certain area of the house or scratching on a particular piece of furniture. Some vets actually spray the spray on themselves when they are going into an appointment with a cranky cat. It seems to calm down fractious cats.
The diffuser lasts about 30 days and covers an area of about 500-650 square feet. It is safe to use and there are no known harmful effects on cats, people or other pets. If you have asthma that is normally bothered by perfume-like plugins then the feliway plugin may have the same effect. However, there is no smell or odor produced by the feliway plugin. I've used it in my house and could not tell that it was there at all.
I recommend Feliway in the following situations:
So this is what you really want to know! Does feliway really work or is it just another hyped up scam product?
You can read through thousands of testimonials on the web of people saying that feliway worked for them. However, anyone can write a testimonial, so how do we know if this is an effective product or simply a scam to take advantage of cat owners who are desperate for a solution to their cat's behavior problems? When I want to answer a question like this I always look to medical research. There have been a number of studies done on the effectiveness of feliway for behavioral problems in cats:
There are many other articles which support the use of Feliway. I definitely recommend it.
Although I sell feliway at my veterinary clinic I often will tell people to buy it online as it is often much less expensive. I have found that the least expensive place to buy feliway is on Amazon. Here are some of the products that are available:
They are the same thing! Comfort Zone is a brand of Feliway.
This is such a frustrating problem! There are many reasons why cats would urinate in the house. I would encourage you to read this article about inappropriate urination. If your vet feels that anxiety or stress is a factor in your cat's inappropriate urination then Feliway really should help.
There have been reports of the Feliway spray staining linoleum, unfinished wood, raw silk and some leather.