Feliway Cat Accessory Reviews
Feliway Electric Diffuser
My lovely 7 year old tabby is the best cat in the world. She adores my toddler, never has accidents in the house, nice quiet indoor cat. Until we moved house. Enter new carpets and hello scratchy!! Desperate to save my carpets (and my marriage!) I searched high and low for a fix to this scratching before she teared my carpets ... apart. I couldn't confine her to a room because downstairs is open plan (archways instead of doors) and the stairgate is no opposition for her! When I next visited the vet I was told that she was probably scratching due to stress (new house, new carpets/smells, she was at a cattery for 4 days prior to the move also) and she recommended Feliway. I admit I was sceptical at first as it was so expensive, but I later found the diffuser on Amazon for £19.99 including one refill (not one extra, just one in total). The refills are expensive at £14.99 so I was hoping not to need it for long. There is also a Feliway spray available in travel size (15ml), 30ml and 60ml. The 60ml is approx £20 and I bought one of these from Amazon for the stairs.
So what is Feliway? Well it is a plug in diffuser (or spray) that mimics the natural pheremones of cats. You know when they do that adorable face-rubbing thing? Well they are leaving behind their scent, to make their territory known, secure and familiar. The same goes with scratching - there are tiny glands underneath the claws that secrete a pheremone. The idea is that Feliway smells EXACTLY like this pheremone and as such, the cat will no longer need to wee/scratch etc to leave a scent. The other function is that it helps to calm cats, which is useful for when cats are stressed/agitated or when they have a big change in their life (new home, pet, baby etc). It can also help calm multicat households where the cats don't get on! We used it in the cat carrier for trips to the vets (as Socks hates the vet with a passion) and found it worked so well she had a nap on the vet's table!
The diffuser and spray work in the same way, the only difference is that the diffuser covers a much wider area. It is suggested to last on average 30 days, but up to 90 days if not used continuously. I found it lasted just shy of 30 days being used most of the day and all night (only really switched off when Socks was asleep or out). The spray is handy for stairs and I found one squirt per step, 3 times a day for a week worked wonders although it was time consuming so the diffuser was needed instead. I had the diffuser plugged in the hallway which is carpeted, as is the stairs and upstairs (downstairs is laminate). I would've plugged it in on the landing but I have a curious toddler so thought better of it!
The scent isn't strong to humans and to be honest I couldn't smell it. It only works for cats so if you have dogs it will have no effect. You plug it in and it's ready. The spray however, you should make sure that you leave the spray about 15 minutes before introducing the cat to the area to allow the alcohol in the spray to dissipate, as that can be a strong offputting smell to the cat (and indeed to me haha).
According to my vet, it is recommended to use the spray for at least 1-2 weeks, preferably three weeks, three times a day every day. The diffuser is recommended for at least a month and then perhaps only the odd day or week thereafter. I personally used the spray for a week and the diffuser for three weeks and haven't used either since (apart from the spray when going to the vets which I use every time).
So does it work? Well I can't attest to the urinating behaviour as Socks never did this, though I hear it does work. What I can agree to is the scratching - Socks never scratched again, not even a little bit. I think during her period of stress this really helped, as it was the stress that caused her to scratch. I am thoroughly pleased with this product. Yes, it is very expensive - but a hell of a lot cheaper than new carpets! I will definitely continue to use it should we ever move, introduce new furniture etc. It really did work!
I must stress however, that Feliway is for stressed, agitated or unnerved cats. It will not stop scratching behaviour if the cat is doing it out of habit, boredom or play. Nor will it stop urinating behaviour if it is out of habit. All cats scratch, and most only do it outside, so if it is unusual behaviour for your cat to be doing it inside on your lovely new sofa, give Feliway a try!
Sometimes these behaviours are due to a medical reason, so you should always check with your vet as urinating can be due to stones or infection, and scratching can be due to the cat being distressed from pain. Always better to be safe than sorry!
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Feliway Electric Diffuser
I had heard numerous great things about these Feliways so when my kitten began suffering regularly with urine infections and really began to bite and scratch I decided to order one. I was keen to get one if it would ease his urinary problems as understandably he was very uncomfortable and by calming him down a little it was likely to ... have a soothing effect on his health. Where his scratching was concerned, he was only playing but my poor arms and legs were suffering so I thought having something that may provide a calming effect may be useful.
Feliways are known for being notoriously expensive and on the high street you can expect to pay around £30 for one. Money is extremely tight for me at the moment so I had a look online to see if I could get one any cheaper. By combining various offers of www.bestpet.co.uk I managed to get two Feliway diffusers for £24. I knew that at my mums house they had problems with Tigger spraying everywhere so she would like one too, especially for that price.
The Feliway has had a bit of a revamp since the picture above was added. The brand now has a purple and white logo with a cartoon cat and the top of the diffuser is a cream colour (though in some places you can get a purple one).
To use the diffuser you simply plug it in and turn it on. It will then pass the fluid up through the sponge and allow the scent to fragrance the room. Initially I was rather sceptical about what scent it would provide but to humans its completely neutral, I have even basically put my nose on the plastic and sniffed and you cannot smell anything.
The fluid is clear in colour but once it has been passing through the diffuser a few days the sponge bit turns a deep purple colour so I imagine it must have a very feint purple tint to it.
As I said, I bought this for Dukes urinary problems and his biting/scratching. After having this just a couple of days his biting had decreased by about 80% and he seemed a much happier cat who was keen to be stroked and to play. *Touchwood* since having this he has not had any urinary problems which is a great relief.
I'm afraid Tigger is still spraying so for him it hasnt worked but I have heard from numerous sources that it does help with spraying so maybe Tigger is just a super stubborn chap! However, he does seem a bit more chilled out. Thomas who is in the final stages of cancer wasnt very purry a few weeks ago but now he is back to his purry self. Of course we cant be sure it is down to this feliway but it could well be.
Sadly, Duke has been a bit of a nightmare this week when it comes to misbehaving and biting. But yesterday I realised his feliway had ran out so this may well have something to do with it. I am quite certain that when the one I ordered this morning arrives he will calm down a little.
The feliway is very expensive and each refill will only last 4 weeks. To buy a refill in Pets at Home at the moment it is £25 (usual price £28) for 48ml but on www.petsupermarket.co.uk it is something like £14.65 for the same price. Therefore as you can see it is definitely worth shopping around because there are huge savings to be had.
For around £15 a month it is another added expense that I could do without but for a more chilled out cat who seems happier and healthier I am more than willing to pay the money and will continue to do so unless it appears to stop working for him.
I would definitely recommend feliway, especially to anyone whose cats suffer with stress related health conditions or aggressiveness. I have heard that it does work for spraying but obviously with Tigger defying the odds I cannot vouch for that!
The feliway diffuser is a hassle free product which can be plugged in and forgotten about for 4 weeks. It is expensive but it does its job and I am happier knowing that Duke is happier and seems to be struggling with less health problems. Definitely recommended if you think that your feline friend(s) may benefit from one of these, shop around online first though!
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Feliway Electric Diffuser
Feliway --------- Five and a half years ago my son married an American lady and started a new life in The US. At the time he had two three year old Persian cats that he had bought quite soon after leaving home. Having a succession of jobs and house moves these cats were quite stressed as they had no home for very long, ... and anyone who knows cats, and especially Persians, will know that they seek security and human companionship. Their life had not been ideal at the start, and it was no secret that I had not been pleased when my son made the decision to purchase the cats, as he was out at work all day and had a busy social life. However it was his love of my Persian cats that I have always had that had prompted his decision to purchase the two for himself, and I believe he did so in good faith, but I don't believe that it was actually the right time for him as he had barely started out in life and found them quite a tie.
When he announced he was emigrating he asked me to take them in and to adopt them, and I accepted even though I knew it would be difficult integrating them into my household, as at the time I already had four others. However I felt a degree of responsibility for them, and they have turned out to be very happy and adorable cats in many ways and have been a joy to own.
The first thing that I did was to insure them with Petplan as this was so important to me as I knew from experience they could turn out to have costly vet bills, and I am so glad I did as the little girl Lily developed a serious heart murmur, and has already cost several thousand of pounds at the cardiologist. However she settled in quite well into the household, but over the years we have had a few problems with Sage the tom cat who has always had insecurity issues especially around his toilet. My son being at work all day, and also at the time not being the most punctual attender to the litter tray duties that indoor cats require, resorted to using a large washing up bowl instead of a litter tray, with the idea of just piling on littler covering up waste until finally the tray would be done when there was no more room. The he would pay my daughter to go round and clean it out. Not the best start! I have to say he isn't like this these days but was as a teenager at the time! This early pattern of care however permanently scarred Sage, who has a toilet obsession and now cries out each time he uses the tray requesting that it be sorted promptly. If this was the only problem it could be manageable but it isn't!
The difficulty with insecure cats with this sort of upbringing is that they crave security and never trust owners to supply it. In multi-cat households several litter trays are needed if the cats are kept indoors, and these must be placed in quiet places to allow cats to use them discreetly. Sage is so desperate about the litter tray that he uses it immediately it is changed several times in a few minutes, and if there is even one other cat that has used it before him he will sometimes resort to finding a place to do it elsewhere. This could be anywhere he thinks is safe so anything at floor level- doormat or even a laundry basket of washing. This behaviour is also sporadic depending on what else is going on, so for example if I change the throws on my settee he has been known to urinate on them immediately as a protest. This behaviour also escalates if we have a visitor to the house such as a plumber or a repairman.
On consultation with my daughter recently who is a vet she advised me to try Feliway. This is a product that is designed to calm cats down and to prevent the kinds of behaviour associated with stress such as frequent urination. I purchased mine from Vetuk in two formats- the spray and the plug in diffuser. It isn't cheap- the diffuser and refill is just under £20, the refill is just under £15 and the spray is around £15. The diffuser lasts a month so ongoing use on a permanent basis would cost £15 a month.
Feliway is a product that contains the natural pheromones cats leave when they rub their faces on things when they are safe and contented. By releasing these into the air the cat feels a sense of contentment and becomes over a period of several days less agitated and more at peace with the surroundings.
I have to say I was very sceptical at first. Sage is a gorgeous cat in all other ways except for this reaction to his litter box, and to any kind of change, but in recent months we have had a lot of work done to the house and a lot of change and so these less than acceptable habits were starting to really annoy me so I was keen to try the product. It has been a complete revelation and a positive outcome, and the use of the product culminated in the final test last week when my central heating boiler died and we had to endure 3 days of plumbers fitting an entire new system. This followed on from two weeks of Guy Fawkes celebrations and rockets going off in all directions that must have stressed Sage to the limits- but for Feliway! The most incredible sight I think I will ever see was Sage lying upside down in his bed close to the diffuser with two plumbers using blow torches on a radiator in the same room! Since the purchase over a month ago he has not urinated anywhere except in his tray, and he is not as vocal either when he has used it! He is much more at peace with himself and his antisocial behaviour has stopped completely.
One diffuser is enough to cover the entire house and the scent is not discernible at all to humans.
The spray is especially useful on rugs and in places where he used to urinate before and has acted as a back up to the main unit. The spray is also very useful for spraying in cat cages before vet trips, and for any occasion where the cat is travelling or when moving house for example.
I think the important point about cats is to understand that urination is a tool they have to mark their territory which is threatened every time they are moved, or even when you rearrange a room. This is also very apparent in multi-cat households especially when cats are purchased at different times so are not litter mates. It is also important if they are doing this to get them checked out by the vet because cats especially toms are prone to bladder stones and this can be a veterinary emergency. If you see you cat on the tray, and he or she appears to be struggling to pass urine, you may only have 24 hours to save them as the stones can cause a blockage which can be fatal- so if this behaviour is new it is vital to get it checked out.
Feliway is also thought to lessen cat scratching which is another territorial behaviour and I can certainly report a lessening of this behaviour.
I would certainly recommend this product as it is a miracle worker and has given Sage his peace of mind for the first time. I wish that I had discovered this years ago. My daughter's advice is to use the product for several weeks, and then to just use it a week or so before any stressful situation to reinforce the benefits.
I don't believe this product is a substitute for the rather poor start Sage had as a kitten when his habits were first formed. Furthermore I am sure he will always have a propensity to repeat them when challenged, but at least this is a tool to help to prevent them, and the result is one very happy and contented feline!
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Feliway Cat Accessory
Brand: Feliway / Cat Accessory / Animals Equipment Type: Cat Health - Prevent cats from urinating where they shouldn't.
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