Feliway to Comfort Cats

by DFS-Pet-Blog on August 28, 2011

**Guest post from Monica S.**

Cat Stress

When something stressful disturbs your cat’s environment, she may begin urine marking, scratching, or may even stop eating and interacting. Feliway is perfect anytime your cat must adjust to a different situation such as:

  • A new pet
  • Visitors
  • Moving to a new home
  • Rearranging the furniture
  • Storms

Feliway Plug-In

Feliway calms cats, greatly reducing or completely stopping stress-related behavior.

Feliway Comfort Zone Plug-In: Easy-to-use plug-in diffuses a natural substance, odorless to humans, that mimics a cat’s facial pheromones to calm cats in stressful environments. Read more about Feliway Plug-In.

Feliway Spray

Feliway Spray: Use Feliway Spray to treat surfaces your pet has already marked, as well as prominent objects that could be future targets. It also helps comfort your cat in new or stressful environments such as the veterinarian’s office, while traveling or boarding, and when introducing new cats to a new home. Read more about Feliway Spray.

Personal Experiences of Using Feliway to Help Stop Cat Behavioral Issues

  • Monica: I have four cats, and we were seeing some “issues” with them getting along as well as inappropriate elimination (outside of their litter boxes). I have five litter boxes, so I didn’t think that was the issue. My veterinarian recommended I try Comfort Zone with Feliway.

    We noticed an almost IMMEDIATE change! Less “arguing”, no more litter box issues, happier, more relaxed cats. I have three Feliway plug-ins throughout the house and am thinking of adding a fourth by their food. The plug-in comes with reminder stickers to place on your calendar to remember to replace approximately every 4 weeks, but I know EXACTLY when I need to replace mine as the “kids” start misbehaving again. Change the refill, and they are relaxing around the house in no time.

  • Janet: Asher, our cat, who is turning 17 this week has been with us since age 11. We have noticed throughout her 6 years with us some up and down behavior issues. We always attributed any marking to scents from past pets in the household. We even got to the point that we just tore up our carpeting to remove any remains of those scents to cure the problem. Of course, this throws more stress into her life and she has been meowing loudly at us in the morning, demanding things on more of a schedule and constantly rubbing on us whenever home. She is a loving cat, but started to get overbearing.

    It was recommended that we try the Feliway Plug-In. We plugged it into our living room near where she hangs out most of the time. We saw a difference within 24 hours! We are amazed so far. Our cat is much calmer; she doesn’t meow at all the next morning demanding food, attention, water, etc. She waited patiently until we went about the morning routine. We haven’t seen her rubbing her head on furniture. We even find her curled up in a ball closer to the plug-in. All her waste has been solely in the litter box all week. We are already looking to make sure we have refills on hand and are going to purchase a second one for our basement. Our house is a small 2-bedroom so placing it in the center provides very good coverage. We definitely recommend you try the Feliway Plug-In if you have similar issues with your pet!

[CLOSED:] Enter our Feliway Giveaway*: We are giving away 10 FREE Feliway products!

  • 5 Feliway Comfort Zone Plug-Ins (5 different winners)
  • 5 Feliway Sprays (5 different winners)

For a chance to win one item, leave a comment on this post telling us why your cat needs Feliway. Please BE SURE TO SPECIFY if you want the plug-in OR the spray. (In your comment, you must pick only one, and specify which one.)

Ten lucky winners will be selected on August 29, 2011 at 3PM CST.

* One entry per person. No purchase is necessary to participate. You should be a legal resident of the United States and 18 years or older. Void where prohibited. Shipping to winner will be supplied by Drs. Foster and Smith. Ten lucky winners will be chosen at 3pm CST on August 29, 2011. Winner will be announced on www.dfs-pet-blog.com/2011/08/feliway/. Sponsor: Foster & Smith, Inc., P.O. Box 100, Rhinelander, WI 54501-0100. Employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. Winner will be notified by email, and must reply with their shipping information within 7 days. Failure to reply within the 7 days will forfeit your prize.


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Karyn Shea August 28, 2011 at 9:34 am

My little cat Herman needs the Feliway Plug in . She’s a little girl, a year old has been fixed but if she doesn’t get the feliway we may have to put her in a diaper. haha… Cant put her outside because of the hurricane, unless we tied her down with weights. A 5 lb cat in a hurricane would be like the scene from the wizard of oz… auntie em, auntie em. My house stinks, she just peed in a box we use to roll cigarettes in and I think she’s peed on every corner , nook and cranny in the house.. Please Help Herman. Plug in please

Dayna K. August 28, 2011 at 9:36 am

My cat could really use something like this. I recently moved into a new home and my cat is having trouble adjusting. He’s always been like this since a kitten. Moving furniture around or meeting a new person has always been stressful. I would like to try the Feliway Comfort Zone Plug-Ins. Thank you!

Jane Trovinger August 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

Would love to have the 5 Feliway Comfort Zone Plug-Ins.
My daugher moved in with my grandson and her adopted cat Romeo.
While he does get along with my dog, he is afraid of my rabbit.
I just want him to feel at home, but with working and my daughter working as a 911 dispatcher. I am sure he feels very alone. When we are home we try to play and groom him as much as possible.
Plus, he is not happy when my bird is out I will not let him in my living room until I have put the bird to bed.
He meows alot and has torn up my sofa among other things.
I have tried cat post and many toys, but he will not play with any of them.
At nite when he sleeps with my husband and I he will bat me in my face to wake me up.
I thought the plug ins might help him relax and get use to his new place.
Thank you

Krystal August 28, 2011 at 9:42 am

My felines need the plug-in. We moved into our new home in May, and have recently gotten a puppy. My elder cat is still having a hard time adjusting and has been spraying in our basement. We are in the same situation as most, with the economy we can’t afford to buy things like the Feliway… So winning this would be a huge relief to our whole household

Nina August 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

I would like the plug in for my cats. They have reached a certain “detente”, but we still have territorial issues that end up with inappropriate urination. Help is needed.

Laura Douthitt August 28, 2011 at 9:48 am

My husband and I have 4 cats and 2 Labs. I am a professional pet sitter and when one of my clients told me in March that they needed to find a new home for their 10-year-old cat, Patches, because her husband had suddenly become allergic, I told her I would help her find a home for Patches. Of course, I know Patches well because I have taken care of her and their other dogs while they were out of town as their pet sitter. I knew Patches would be hard to place because of her age and she had never been around other cats before. My husband and I decided to adopt her. She is slowly adjusting to our household of pets. She does fine with our dogs. She is still very shy/scared of our other cats and mostly stays in her “safe room” (our guest bedroom upstairs). She comes down the hall occasionally but won’t come to the 1st floor. We really want her to get settled in and comfortable. I’ve tried the Feliway spray in her room to help reduce her fear and reduce the fighting that sometimes occurs with our other cats. But the Comfort Zone plug-ins work better for our cats. I have tried setting up two: one in her room and one in our living room where we’ve had some elimination issues in the past. We noticed a reduction in the tension between the cats and Patches started coming out of her room more. I now need more refills and I need to add one more plug-in to our upstairs to help encourage her to come out more/be comfortable. Comfort Zone is a great product but they are kind of expensive, especially if you need multiple plug-in refills. My husband is in auto sales and we are still coping with the recession/business is slow. It would be a HUGE help to win this Comfort Zone Plug-in or Refill!!! Thank you!

Amy Willey August 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

I would like to try the Feliway spray. We currently have 2 cats and 2 dogs and just took in another cat that someone was going to “drop off somewhere”. We are keeping him in our garage right now because he is spraying and is anti-social. I am hoping the Feliway spray will help him adjust to his new home and family of pets.

GENE PROTT August 28, 2011 at 10:04 am

Please enter me in the give away.
Thanks

Angie August 28, 2011 at 10:06 am

We have 10 indoor only cats ages 13 to 1. I was a foster parent and have taken in many rescues/unwanted and we are always having issues here and there. I would love the opportunity to be able to try the spray with my crew. Thanks in advance!

Janice August 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

We have two cats that have recently developed litter box issues. The only advice we have gotten is to either put them on medication or increase the number of litter boxes. We have tried both of these to no avail and would rather try anything else than giving up our beloved pets. Help!

diane moss August 28, 2011 at 10:20 am

please enter me in the feliway contest. have a dog that lifts his leg too often in my house. going crazy with this. thank you diane

Gayle August 28, 2011 at 10:41 am

Hi! I rescued a feral kitten ( 4 weeks) about a year ago. His name is; Kyle Reese. I had to feed him special milk. I also had to bath him due to flea infestation. I loved on him and he seemed to be ok with my dogs, other cats and myself. As he has gotten older he is reverting to his feral self. He still plays with the other cats and LOVES my dog; Calpunia. But he gets a little mean sometimes. He runs from me and has never befriended any other person. Once in a while he will come sit on my lap and get a scratch. But not to often. I did have him neutered. This helped a little. I would like to see if your product can calm his fears and let him learn how nice a person can be. Thanks

Sandy M. August 28, 2011 at 11:26 am

All of a sudden my 8 year old cat does not want to leave the room I put her in she appears to be afraid. Always looking up at the ceiling and not wanting to roam around the house like she always did. There have been a couple storms here in the last week or so. Other than not wanting to leave the room she appears to be ok with everything else. Can’t figure out what is wrong with her.

Michael Smith August 28, 2011 at 11:34 am

I have three solid gray cats they all play together sleep eat you find them all the time piled up together for a nap the elder of the three started urine marking about three years ago now. It took me months to narrow it it down to who and only because he stood next to me as he marked. He was neutered my Vet seemed to think it was something outside that was at play causing this behavior so I fixed all the main floor windows where he could not see out. He is currently on Prozac it would be great to have some thing that calmed him other than drugs.

Jessicca August 28, 2011 at 11:44 am

I am currently in the process of transitioning a newly adopted outdoor cat to be an indoor cat, and I could use the plugin! He gets stressed when he has been inside for too long, and really wants outside. I end up letting him out, because I don’t like stressing him out, but sometimes he doesn’t come back for 2 or 3 days. I could really use this product to make the indoors more appealing, and less scary for him!

Kathy Bergeron August 28, 2011 at 11:45 am

We recently adopted my aunt’s 16 year old kitty after my aunt passed away. Baby was very bewildered until the lady at Petsmart recommended your product. What a difference! Within 48 hours she stopped hissing and growling and started purring and meowing. She is even starting to accept the other cats. Thank you for a fantastic product! I am sold.

Pam Evans August 28, 2011 at 11:47 am

My cat Little Bit is a nervous cat. And the Plug-Ins really help smooth that out. She was feral when she was a baby and my friend, who still has her two brothers told me she needed to be an only child since her brothers used to beat up on her. I had lost my adored Sugar only a few months before so she came to live w/ me. But my friends coming over the next weekend oooohing and ahhhing over her kind of flipped her out. So I put Rescue Remedy drops in her water fountain and used the Feliway Plug Ins and she does very well w/ that. Excellent product!!

Casey Lake August 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Cats Kodak and Nikon just move into house with older dog.. Have been feeding all three catnip treats to calm them..( totally dudes) but they all have the munchies all the time… and the cost for munchies for all three has become too expensive.. I need a different option… help…

Kate August 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm

two weeks ago i rescued an adult female and brought into my home with another adult female who’s house mate of 5 1/2 years has disappeared. i thought another companion would ease her depression from missing her house mate however this has brought on additional stress. these 2 adult cats have not accepted each other and i am having to keep them separated i different part of the house.

i am wondering if the feliway spray would be helpful and would love to win that.

thanks,
Kate

Anamaria goga August 29, 2011 at 1:04 am

I have adopted 3 neighborhood roaming feral cats. All at different times.. they need cat nip at first & then they get along now. Earlier this year I adopted a new puppy. My three wonderful cats have become stressed due do to addition. They keep me up at odd hours & sometimes all night. I need my sleep due to my elderly parents living with me. When I’m not working I’m watching & taking care of my parents. I heard about the plug in which I would really love to have ! Thank you for this opportunity to try another option on my growing family pets:)

Kri August 29, 2011 at 1:30 am

I would like to try Feliway Comfort Zone Plug-In, I am in desperate need of help! Besides 2 dogs, I have 6 indoor cats (2 older cats 16 & 11 years old) Also have 4 Maine Coon siblings(4 years old) that I rescued as kittens since a relative threatened to feed them to a pet snake.   My Maine Coons still behave like kittens:) Lately, I am having trouble with territorial marking in the house, loudly exploring all cabinets in the house(in the middle of the night) & the older cats have become skittish. Looking for a little calm, hoping the plug-in can help!! Thanks.

Karin Helmick August 29, 2011 at 7:37 am

We have 5 cats ranging in age from 4 months to 14 years. My little old man, Monkeybear, has been having issues with using the litter box. This has lead to the rest of the clan following in his footsteps. We tried the Feliway diffusers, and what a difference!!! No More peeing on the counters, and our litter box usage actually increased!!! We have also noticed a difference in the amount of “posturing” between two of our boys! They seem less inclined to growl, hiss, spit and swipe at each other. We are in love with Feliway! It is almost time for us to refill our diffusers! What a treat it would be to win the COMFORT ZONE PLUG IN!!!!! THANKS FELIWAY!!!!

Tonya W August 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

Please enter my name in the drawing for the Feliway Plug-in. My cat is 11 years old and gets very stressed when we vacation. We leave her at home and have someone come in and care for her, which is less stressful than being boarded, but she still ends up with a bout of IBD from the stress every time we have to leave her. I talked to my vet just a month ago about Feliway and asked if he thought that might help. He said it would definitely be worth trying.

Thank you!

Nancy August 29, 2011 at 10:14 am

I have three cats, two females and one male. Though my male, Bo, is the alpha type – rules the home – he has some anxiety issues because of extreme abuse from his previous owners; they cut off his tail. He’s been with me, safe and happy, for about two years now, but is very sensitive to changes in the household composition. Last summer, when I took in an abandoned pregnant cat and raised her kittens, Mama Kitty attacked Bo who then started to wash obsessively. He was diagnosed with OCD and put on Prozac. I placed Mama and all but the one kitten we kept in good homes Bo got better, so I weaned him off the medication. But, and now that we have a temporary houseguest, the skin damaging behavior is back. I would love to see if Feliway plug in diffuser could help him avoid the dreaded daily medication. Thank you, Drs. Foster and Smith!

S. Lawniczak August 29, 2011 at 10:23 am

I swear by the Feliway plug-ins! They have been a god-send to our household and I have recommended it to friends dozens of times. One of our cats has general anxiety issues and this product definitely helps. He has stopped marking! We can tell by his behavior when the plug-in is empty. Great product!

ANGIE BURRELL August 29, 2011 at 11:19 am

I WOULD LIKE TO ENTER FOR THE FELIWAY PLUG IN ,I HAVE USED FOR A FEW YEARS DUE TO ANXIETY,HE DIED LAST WEEK AND THE OTHER CATS ARE STILL CRYING FOR HIM AS THEY GRIEVE.WE ALSO WILL BE BRINGING AN OLDER CAT FROM OUTDOORS IN THIS WINTER INSTEAD OF A NEW CAT AND THAT WILL ALSO REQUIRE AN ADJUSTMENT.THANK YOU!

Bonnie Cole-Collier August 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

I have 2 cats (and 1 dog) who are afraid of loud noises such as wind, thunder, fireworks etc. This past weekend was a real trial for all of them due to Irene’s visit. We do our best to keep everyone calm but sometimes Mother Nature just wins out.

Rosemary August 29, 2011 at 11:42 am

I need the sprays. I have cats who are marking inside the house, and I don’t like it. I already have the difusers, but I need to get some refills. I can use the spray right where they are marking.

Shelia L August 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm

My two girls…M.Butterfly a Snowshoe I adopted from a rescue in Michigan in Jan 2009 and Bella Luna a Maine Coon I adopted from a rescue locally sometimes like to fight and its usually when I open a window. I think the Feliway plug in would help these two to stay close instead of wanting to fight if another cat walks around outside. I wanted to get one of these plug ins the last time they had a spat that lasted for a week but I just couldnt afford one.

Bridget Nawrot August 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm

We would love to try the plug-in. Due to a bad storm our cats can’t be in the same room. The fight like feral cats. We’ve tried almost everything and can’t get them to tolerate each other let alone like each other. To add to it the instigating cat is lonely in his room. If nothing else maybe he’d be happier by himself.

Bea Everman August 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I have three kitties, 2 male (Simba, Petey Winks), 1 female (Minnie) who is a rescue. She came to us about 3 years ago at the age of 2. The home she came from was filled with other animals and she did not get any attention because when she tried the others would fight and chase her away. The woman that I rescued her from said she hid most of the time because she was so afraid of the others. When it came to eating any food the other cats would not let her, so what else could she do but hide & starve. If that’s not enough, the woman was having her basement redone about 2 weeks before I rescued Minnie and she stayed down there while they were doing the remodeling with all the noise, banging, etc. The woman didn’t see Minnie for all that time. She finally found her, crated her and brought her to me at my job so I could bring her home to give her lots and lots of love and food. Minnie is thriving well here. She loves the attention I give her, she looks for it often. She sleeps with me and every night we have a ritual at bedtime….she comes next to me and tells me (meows) that she wants some loving. I pet her and talk to her a little bit and then she lays down and rolls on her back with her head twisted to the side and one of her legs touching me while she is looking at me…really cute. She finally will get into a sleeping position, all curled up right next to me and stays there until morning. Although she has adjusted pretty well she still has issues with urinating on our beds, next to the litter box or anywhere near the box, on throw rugs and anything left on the floor. She also vomits alot and I believe it’s from eating really fast and alot so that she makes sure she gets her share and doesn’t have to starve. I feel so bad for her. I use the Feliway plug-in (it works wonders) but can’t afford to buy more than the one difusser that I have and the refills every three weeks to monthly. Finances are really tight right now because my husband is the only one employed in the household and we have quite a few other pets to care for, too. Beside the three cats we have two cockatiels (Baby & TJ), one iguana (Dusty), one white albino king snake (Bart) that we recently found out was a female when she laid eggs after about 8 years of being with us. We also have three white mice and two tiny brown mice (BB, Lucky, Spicy, Coco and GG). We love all our pets and it bothers us so much when they are unhappy, anxious or hurting in any way. I’m not always a lucky person but I consider myself very lucky to have these beautiful pets that bring alot of love & happiness to my life. Maybe I’ll be lucky today and win the Feliway Plug-In so that Minnie doesn’t have to be so stressed and she can relax a bit more with an extra Feliway in another room of our house. Thank you from all of us for reading our story!

Tonya Albers August 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm

My cat Beaner is still eliminating outside the litter box – even though it has been a year since the new baby… we’ve tried different litter, litterboxes, location, etc. Ruled out medical issues… She and our other cat still fight in certain areas of the house, even after living together for 8 years. I am sure this could help all the kitty issues we have! 🙂

Ellen B. August 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Thank you for sharing all your stories with us – there are a lot of very loved kitties! Congratulations to the following people who are our giveaway winners. Feliway plug-in: Anamaria goga, Kri, Nancy and Bridget Nawrot. Feliway spray: Amy Willey, Angie, Kate and Rosemary. I will contact you all by email to get your shipping information.

Patricia M. August 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm

My 11 yr old female “furbaby” (cat) is having major stress issues due to a stray cat that is always in our back yard. She is starting to lose the hair on her back and she cries whenever the stray is here. She has never been a vocal cat and her behavior these past few months has changed so much. I would like to try the Feliway Spray to see if that would help her relax. I am in the process of trying to get someone to pick up the feral but not having much luck. Please Help

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