Artificial cat pheromone products are often recommended to help cat owners deal with a myriad of behavioral issues. From scratching furniture, to litter box issues, to feline disputes in multi-cat households. One veterinarian, Jacqui Neilson, says she uses it to treat “almost any anxiety-related condition.”
Cat pheromones come in various forms such as sprays, plug-in diffusers, and collars. And they are sold under two main brand names: Feliway and Comfort Zone.
Feliway vs. Comfort Zone
So what is the difference between Comfort Zone and Feliway products? Well, not much.
Lots of online reviews and postings suggest that the Feliway products have a higher concentration of the F3 feline facial pheromones. However, I cannot find any official source for this information. And Comfort Zone products are typically marked as “Comfort Zone with Feliway”. Which, to me, implies they use the exact same product.
Why is Comfort Zone cheaper than Feliway?
There are a couple of reasons for this:
- It may be the case that they are not the same concentration; though, I doubt it. More likely, they are suspended in different oils, which shouldn’t make a difference on the user end.
- The actual Comfort Zone diffuser may be of lower quality than the Feliway one. I have personally only used the Comfort Zone diffuser, with both Feliway and Comfort Zone refills.
- It’s also the power of brand naming – Feliway is the name we associate with cat pheromone products, so they can stay in business while selling the same products at a higher price.
Anecdotally, there does seem to be some discussion that fewer cats respond to Comfort Zone products. This does give some credence to the idea that Feliway products are stronger. [Note: about 10-20% of cats do not appear to respond at all to any feline pheromone products such as diffusers, sprays, etc.]
However, in my personal experience, my cat OJ has responded to both products equally well.
Which cat pheromone product is best?
My suggestion would be to start with the Comfort Zone products. They are cheaper, but I have found them just as useful. If your kitty does not respond to those, you can refill the diffuser with a Feliway product (luckily, they will both fit in either diffuser)!
After switching to the Feliway product, if you notice that her behavior does not improve, your kitty may just be a non-responder, unfortunately. In this case, it would be a good idea to contact your veterinarian about alternative measures.
If you are not worried about the price at all, then it may be reasonable to just start with the Feliway line. In this case, if your cat doesn’t respond to it, you will know he is just one of the 10-20% of non-responders.
P.S. I have also posted in-depth review of the Comfort Zone with Feliway Cat Pheromone Products that I use for my cat OJ. I have been very happy with the Comfort Zone Feliway Diffuser Kit for Cat Calming, Comfort Zone Feliway Diffuser Refill, 2 Pack, For Cat Calming – 2 Pack, and the Comfort Zone Spray & Scratch Control Cat Calming Spray, 2 oz.
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