Feliway is a very popular therapeutic aid for cats with anxiety and behaviour problems such as inappropriate urination.
The Feliway Refill is used with the Feliway Diffuser, providing a one month supply of Feliway. Feliway was developed to help cats cope with changes, adapt to boarding and travel, deal with anxiety and phobias and to help with various behaviour problems. If your cat is prone to urinating outside of the litter tray when stressed, is over-grooming or is about to undergo a big change like a new baby, house move or new roommate Feliway can help. Cats are particularly susceptible to pheromone therapy; their ‘smell brain’ is very well developed, with 30% of their brain being devoted to their sense of smell. Feliway is completely undetectable to human noses, but to cats it makes their environment smell familiar and comforting. Feliway is analogue of the feline facial pheromone. When cats rub their faces on furniture, scratch on the couch or urinate on the bed, part of what is going on is an urge to make the environment smell more like cat. This marking behaviour can be a little antisocial if you have to deal with accidents on your bed regularly. Vets frequently see cats with a condition called Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), or Idiopathic Cystitis. In this syndrome, cats develop increased frequency of urination, inappropriate urination (outside of the normal toileting spot) and blood in the urine. Cats are sensitive creatures and hide their stress extremely well. They may look calm on the surface, but the physiological changes involved in stress are thought to effect the urinary bladder leading to inflammation. Feliway is recommended by vets to help reduce the stress leading to conditions like FLUTD. Cats are not particularly good at handling changes. Like OCD people, they like routines and predictable patterns. They often cope poorly with trips to the vet, house moves, new household members (feline, canine or human), new furniture, cats next door and routine changes. A cat who is stressed may seem externally normal, or you may see signs such as:
- Over grooming (or grooming less than usual).
- Inappropriate toileting (urinating or defecating outside the litter)
- Vocalising or yowling at night.
- Redirected aggression (attacking you, the kids, the dog or another cat).
- Not eating.
We suggest placing the Feliway Diffuser Set in a power point somewhere your cat spends the great majority of his time. If you are moving house, set the Feliway Diffuser up prior to moving your cat in. Ideally your cat should have a base in the new house that is the safe zone for the first couple of weeks after the move. To avoid overwhelming your cat, restrict access to the main part of the house until your cat seems comfortable and keen to explore. Feliway is non-toxic, safe to use in pets of all ages, shapes and sizes and is a cost effective way to help manage anxiety.
Why Should I Choose Feliway?
- An effective non-drug solution for anxiety in cats.
- Ease the stress of moving house or introducing new a new cat.
- Feliway is useful for cats who over-groom due to stress or have FLUTD.
Why Would I Use Something Else?
- If Feliway does not work for your pet, please see your veterinarian for advice.
- If your cat is straining to urinate, please contact your vet immediately.
What else do I need?
- Feliway spray can be useful to spray into your cat carrier or on a blanket prior to travel.