How Does Feliway Work?

Time to Try Feliway

When I moved with my little menagerie to an apartment facing the sea, the cats had quite an adjustment to make. Reina the dog was delighted. Our walks now take us along a wild coastal path but the cats went from having their own garden to being housebound with only a tiny patio to sunbathe in.

Lili took it all in her stride, nothing fazes that old lady. But the two young males, Spike and Stewy, were very upset, and boy, did they make sure I knew it.

They prowled the apartment yowling for days on end. Walls are thin here and if I can hear the neighbours bathing their kids, it’s for sure that they can hear my furbabies screaming to get out at all hours of the day and night. Not only were my boys very stressed and unhappy, but my new neighbours would soon be banging down my door if I could not get the cats to settle.

I was getting pretty stressed and unhappy myself. That’s when I remembered  Feliway and wondered if it might work.

Reasons to Use Feliway

  • Moving House
    This is the main reason I first tried Feliway. With two of my three cats climbing the walls to get out and caterwauling constantly, I needed something to calm them down before my new neighbours got upset!
  • Peeing outside the litter box
    Peeing outside of the litter box can be a sign of a urinary tract problem so first check your cat’s health. If there is nothing physically wrong and the misplaced peeing continues, this can be a something Feliway can be helpful with.
  • Hiding
    In new environments, you have to expect that your cats will hide. They will feel insecure in any unfamiliar area and seek to find a safe spot from which to survey their new surroundings. While Feliway can help with their anxiety, you can also support them by letting them be and allowing them to acclimatize in their own time.
  • Fighting and Squabbling
    During the adjustment period in my new home, Spike and Stewy went from rambunctious playmates to seething opponents. If Feliway could help with this, I was all for it.
  • Adopting a cat
    Cats that have been in a shelter for any time may have been through several traumatic experiences on their road to you. Even though your home is a peaceful paradise compared to the rescue where you found them they are likely to be stressed, neurotic and distrustful. The Feliway ambiance can help these distressed fur babies settle in faster.

How Does Feliway Work?

When cats do that cute cheek rubbing thing, they are transferring feline facial pheremones (FFP) on to objects (and people) to mark them as familiar and safe. These feel-good scents are produced in glands around the chin, cheeks and mouth. You will not find many better examples of a totally relaxed cat than the little lover in this video. She is plastering her pheremones all over her favorite kid.

How Does Feliway Work?

When cats do that cute cheek rubbing thing, they are transferring feline facial pheromones (FFP) on to objects (and people) to mark them as familiar and safe. These feel-good scents are produced in glands around the chin, cheeks, and mouth. You will not find many better examples of a totally relaxed cat than the little lover in this video. She is plastering her pheromones all over her favorite kid.

Different Kinds of Feliway

Thee are different kinds of Feliway so check which one you are ordering.

Feliway Classic

This is the go-to Feliway diffuser, used in situations where you cat is under stress.

Unless there is an underlying medical reason for your cat not using the litter tray, this is the type of Feliway you would get for stress-related peeing in inappropriate places.

Also for settling the cat down during and after a house move. And for a cat that is showing general signs of stress like overgrooming, hiding and lack of appetite.

Feliway Classic can be used in conjunction with Feliway Feliscratch.

Feliway Multicat

If you have mutiple cats, two or more living together who are fighting, then this is the Feliway to get.

It is worth a try even if the cats have been fighting for a long time.

Feliway Feliscratch

Feliway Feliscratch does not stop scratching, it directs the behavior to a better place. For example, from your lovely sofa, to a scratching post.

CEVA Feliway Plug-In Diffuser for Cats

This seems like a good bargain as each vial should last a month, give or take a few days. But note that if you have several rooms and areas that your cats access, you probably need more than one diffuser.

After plugging the diffusers in for the first time, give the product time to work before assessing the effects.

The overall feedback for Ceva Feliway diffusers is overwhelmingly positive but the few who do respond negatively almost all have given only days for the scent to permeate the hous

Features:

 

  • Ends Urine Marking & Vertical Scratching Naturally
  • Odorless and non-toxic, does not affect humans
  • Feliway mimics the natural comforting facial pheromone found in cats

CEVA Animal Health FELIWAY MultiCat Starter Kit for Cats 

Feliway Multicat works for more than one cat, not because the concentration of the synthetic pheremone is higher. It is actually a different pheremone altogether.

While Classic mimics the scent cats leave when marking territory and self-comforting, this one is a replica of the pheremone created by mother cats during lactation.

Features:
  • Drug free solution 
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed
  • Ideal for multi-cat households

Ceva Feliway Pheromone Travel Spray for Cats

Your cats don’t have that comforting blanket of pheremones from the diffuser when they are traveling or on a vet visit – just when they are most likely to be stressed. But Ceva have that covered with the Feliway Pheremone Travel Spray.

Features:
  • Convenient spray bottle
  • Use in cat baskets and on bedding
  • Less stress at vets
Is Feliway Safe for Babies?

According to the manufacturer, “Feliway is safe for humans when used as recommended”.

Is There a Feliway For Dogs?

Actually, yes, there is. It is called Adaptil and Ceva offer a home diffuser and vial, just like the ones for cats.

Does Feliway Smell Unpleasant for Humans?

Generally speaking, you can expect a new diffuser to have a noticeable smell for the first day or two. Some buyers report no smell at all while others find it more discernible. It is rarely described as an unpleasant smell.

How Long Does Feliway Take to Work?

Most cats will settle down within the first week of living in a Feliway infused environment. However, others may take longer and you are advised to give it at least a month.