Your Guide to Using Feliway
This article is written by Pet Circle's qualified veterinarian,
Pet Circle veterinarian, Dr. Carla, discusses Feliway and how it works. See more helpful pet care videos on Pet Circle's Youtube Channel.
What is Feliway?
Feliway is a manmade version of the odourless pheromone normally left by cats when they rub against objects in their environment. This pheromone is usually released by your cat when he or she feels happy or content and is also used to mark territory. When used correctly, Feliway can help to reduce your cat's stress levels and combat marking behaviours like scratching or spraying.
Identifying Stress in Felines
Signs of feline stress are subtle, often antisocial behaviours can be the first indication that something is amiss.
Common behaviours of stressed cats include:
- Urine spraying
- Scratching furniture
- Hiding and fearfulness
- Decreased appetite
Want to know more? Read more about Reducing Anxiety in Cats.
When To Use Feliway
Feliway is useful in reducing stress in a number of situations including:
- Visiting the vet
- Moving house or redecorating
- Visitors or new household members
- Introducing a new cat
Which Feliway Product is Best For You?
Feliway comes in the form of a plug-in diffuser, a spray, and a spot-on Feliscratch formulation. We've described each below and which situation they are suitable for. For testimonials, click on the product to view Feliway reviews.
1. The Feliway Diffuser
The diffuser is designed to release feliway into your cat's environment to promote feelings of relaxation and calm. It is designed to be left on continuously and will cover a space of 50-70m2. Avoid placing the diffuser behind furniture, doors or curtains or underneath shelves as this can make it less effective. Each diffuser refill will last for 30 days.
2. The Feliway Spray
The Feliway Spray is useful for preventing scratching and spraying as well as making trips in the car and carrier less stressful. It can also be used generally around the home by spraying on prominent areas like window sills, cat flaps and doorways. For spraying or scratching, spray the area that has been marked after it has been thoroughly cleaned. To alleviate travel stress, simply spray inside the carrier or car. Be sure to wait 15 minutes before allowing your cat near any sprayed areas.
3. The Feliway Feliscratch Solution
Feliscratch is designed to encourage your cat to scratch a designated surface. When applied properly, Feliscratch sends both visual (blue lines) and invisible (territory messages) cues to your cat, in order to stimulate their scratching behaviour. Simply apply the contents of the tube onto appropriate surface (such as a scratching pole) in a vertical line, allow your cat to enjoy!
Feliway is a safe, effective and drug free way to help your cat to feel less stressed. By reducing your cat's stress levels you can avoid anti-social behaviours and foster a stronger bond between you and your feline friend.
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