Product Spotlight: Feliway

Feliway Diffuser at Allivet

Grumpy cat? Help kitty grab life by the whiskers with Feliway!

Cats are very territorial animals. Their territory is made up of constellations of places dedicated to given activities. And cats spend time every day marking, organizing and identifying those areas. What is crucial to cats is to have something which has some stability over time.

What humans do is disorganize their areas by moving furniture, cleaning and washing off their scents. Activities such as redecorating, moving furniture, having guests over, moving, introducing new cats or excessive noise can cause even more stress. This can lead to stress behaviors such as spraying, scratching furniture, overgrooming, appearing withdrawn, vocalizing a lot, and aggression towards people or other cats.

It is important to remember that kitty is not behaving this way to be mean or naughty. This is the only way they know to communicate fear, discomfort, and stress. As prey species, cats naturally try to hide every sign of weakness, including stress. If your cat is showing signs of being upset, don’t take it as misbehaving, but rather as a cry for help.

So how can you help troubled tabbies and frightful felines turn into cool cats? The key is pheromones.

What is a pheromone? Pheromones are chemical messages that trigger social responses. You can’t see or smell a pheromone and only animals of the same species can detect it. Every time your cat rubs the sides of her face on something, she excretes feel-good pheromones. These are like an invisible cat graffiti left on walls, furniture, and other things she likes, that says “this is mine, I know this place and I am safe here”.

Feliway’s soothing secret formula contains a synthetic copy of feline facial pheromones. Feliway is easy to use and has no side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, sedation. Its one-of-a-kind formula has been shown in double blind studies to help relieve stress and anxiety.

How do you use Feliway to reduce cat stress? Simply plug in the Feliway diffuser in a low level socket where your cat spends the most time and that’s it! Feliway will help maintain the scent that gives your cat the feeling of peace and calm. Need refills? No problem! Allivet carries Feliway refills for only $16.99

Feliway is also available in a spray form. Remember never to spray directly on your cat, but instead on problem areas: places that are prone to spraying or scratching by your cat. Use Feliway Spray on problem areas twice a day for 30 days, or 45 if you have a very bad situation.

Who uses Feliway? Feliway is used at vet’s offices for fear-free practice, at homes with multiple cats to help them get along and in any household where they want their kitties to feel safe, comfortable, and happy. Feliway even works on big cats. It is used in wild cat rescues and even in zoos to stabilize and introduce new tigers.

Do you have a dog at home? Check out Adaptil, the doggie version of Feliway.

 

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