Miracle in a Bottle
Today’s article is about a product that you may know about, vaguely heard about or didn’t know existed.
It is very unique in the fact that it offers a cat a sense of security without them ever seeing or knowing what it is.
Feliway is a synthetic feline pheromone used to help deter certain cat behaviors and to help make cats feel a little more secure.
What is a pheromone?
Webster’s dictionary says it is: “A chemical substance that is produced by an animal and serves especially as a stimulus to other individuals of the same species for one or more behavioral responses.”
That said, do we understand it any better?
Probably not, but as I work my way through this we both will understand what I am talking about a little more.
First of all, Feliway, which is made by the Farnam Companies is a product that contains ingredients that mimic the scent of a “cat rubbing its chin” on something.
It seems that cats will not destroy or dirty anything that they consider their own “stuff.” They identify their “stuff” by rubbing their chins and/or cheeks on it.
Now, how is this going to help you with some of your cat’s behavioral problems like spraying, scratching your couch or going outside the litter box?
Darn’d if I know, but it does.
Apparently, this scent tells Miss or Mr. Kitty that they are at home and that this is their stuff and it makes them feel very, very happy and content.
According to some research that I have done, animal behaviorists have noticed that cats that are stressed and are in a “spraying mood” do not spray areas that they have marked with their chin/cheek technique.
They are apt to spray other areas of the house that they are not attached to.
So how does that help you with this problem?
Stay with me for a bit and I will tell you. .
First of all, we have all learned that you cannot, scold, hit or punish a cat for misbehavior. Punishment in any form will only make “smarty pants kitty” wait until you are out of sight to do it again.
So we have to be as subtle as they are.
Feliway has been known since its introduction in 1997 as a miracle in a bottle. It probably has saved many a cat its home. Granted it is not a 100 percent cure-all for all problems, but it does close to a 90 percent job of helping to alleviate serious problems.
With this product, which comes in a spray and a plug-in diffuser, your home and your cat or cats should have a happier calmer life.
What can it be used for?
It can be used to discourage kitty from using your carpet as a litter box. It can keep kitty from scratching on your couch or chair. It can be used around the area near the litter box, it can be used on windowsills where kitty sees the outside cats, it calms cats when life at home is changing and it is helpful when you bring a new cat home.
How do you use it?
The spray is great for using on areas where kitty decides to spray (walls or furniture.)
However, test the paint, carpet or furniture first in a place that is not noticeable.
If kitty has been using the carpet as a litter box, clean the carpet first and then spray with Feliway, but test carpet first.
When going to the vet, spray the inside of the carrier in order to keep kitty calm for the ride.
The spray is great and can be used for many more applications, but I feel using the Feliway diffusers are also a great way to go.
The diffuser is plugged into an outlet and it emits the scent throughout the room. One diffuser can be used for 650 square feet and will last for 30 days.
It is recommended that for a full sized room you use two. The original cost may seem a bit expensive, but once the diffuser is bought, the refills are fairly inexpensive and if it solves your problems, it is worth its weight in gold.
When you consider what it does:
Controls urine spraying
Helps stop urination outside the litter box
Has a calming effect on multi-cat households
Helps reduce a cat’s stress, fear, anxiety, and anger
Helps stop furniture scratching
How long do you use it for?
In most cases 3 to 4 months may be enough time to change your cat’s bad habit.
Many people are so happy with the effect, they use it all the time.
What are the negatives?
In the true sense of the word “negative,” I would say there are none.
There are a few precautions, however, such as test your furniture and wall before using, for color fastness.
DO NOT USE the spray on the cat, as it is 90 percent alcohol.
It could be ingested, get in the cat’s eyes or on an open cut or scratch.
It has not been tested around birds, it is recommended not to use in your bird’s room. Your cat shouldn't be in there, anyway.
It is a miracle product, but it is not 100 percent effective and do not expect it to cure all your cat’s problems.
It is an aid and not a cure-all.
The odor is not noticeable to humans nor is it harmful.
It is not harmful to dogs and other pets, just be cautious with birds as they are very sensitive to odors.
It has saved many a cat from a trip to the shelter. You can buy it right here.