Feliway, the feline relaxation pheromone is the first natural solution to fear related problems in cats caused by changes in their environment. Feliway for cats is highly effective in preventing and stopping behavioural problems such as urine marking, scratching or problems associated with transportation. Feliway provides a feeling of security for cats in an unfamiliar environment or challenging situation, undesirable fear related behaviours and marking problems can be resolved naturally.
Feliway is a product which reproduces certain pacifying properties of cat facial pheromones. Feliway is a safe solution of the feline F3 facial pheromone, which mimics the cat's natural pheromones, creating a state of well-being and calm.
The placing of facial pheromones is a behaviour which is well known to all cat owners. When a cat feels safe in its environment, it rubs its head from the side of the chin to the base of the ear, against the furniture, the corners of walls or the bottom of curtains. By doing this, the animal is depositing facial pheromones. These marks convey a message of well-being and a feeling of security. When there is a change in the cat's environment (such as visits to the vets, return from hospitalisation, moving house, new arrivals, rearrangement of furniture) or if the cat is scared, a state of disquiet or stress may develop. This state can be expressed by changes in behaviour, such as urine marking, vertical scratching, loss of appetite or refusal to play and to interact. In these situations, Feliway Spray and the Feliway Diffuser combined can be used to restore the natural balance. The most likely reaction to this anxiety is a change in the frequency or type of marking. Unfortunately for the owner, this often results in the onset of urine spraying and or scratch marking around the house. These signs are worse in multicat households where tension can occur between animals and lead to intercat aggression.
Cats are territorial animals. They mark out their territory using a variety of visual and scent signals. Changes in the environment (such as visits to the vets, return from hospitalisation, moving house, new arrivals, rearrangement of furniture) can be disturbing for the cat because of the absence or loss of these familiarisation marks; making them anxious and causing stress.
Urine Spraying & Scratch Marking
It should be noted that urine marking and scratching are NORMAL behaviour for the cat, but they can also occur when the cat is stressed or feels threatened. Transport too is a stressful situation for cats and it can show various emotional signs such as agitation, miaowing, vomiting... Signs of stress in cats are different but easy to identify Urine Spraying. Feline urine spraying is one of the primary methods used by cats to mark out their territory. Whether male or female, neutered or not, it is exhibited by almost every cat that goes outside. But while spraying urine outdoors may be acceptable, most owners find the behaviour difficult to tolerate in the home due to the strong odour and potential hygiene risks.
Urine marking is a very specific behavioural sequence where the cat adopts a posture that is easy to recognise:
it approaches a vertical surface (wall, item of furniture...
it sniffs the surface, treads the floor, then he turns his back,
and standing with his tail erected, he emits a horizontal jet of urine onto the object.
During urine spraying behaviour, the cat stands up and marks of urine are generally small and seen above the ground. Urine on the floor, large volumes of urine or urine in the sleeping area are typically not signs of urine marking.
There are several kinds of scratching. Scratching horizontal surfaces when waking up, during play or sexual excitation. Scratching on vertical surfaces to keep claws in trim,scratching on vertical surfaces to send a signal. Only this can be qualified as a marking behaviour.
How to differentiate the two? If the cat is targeting only one or two specific sites in the home, usually in hidden or otherwise discreet areas, it is likely it is keeping its claws in shape for hunting. If the scratching becomes more widespread, particularly in visible areas around doorways and windows, or is centred on prominent objects such as a settee, then this may be an indication that the cat is unsettled and his level of anxiety increased. As a result, he starts scratch marking to increase the number of visual and scent signals in the immediate environment.
Feliway is only active on urine spraying & vertical scratch marking.