Veterinarians commonly recommend cat pheromone products to help cat owners deal with a myriad of behavioral issues. I have used several kinds of these products (in the forms of both diffusers and sprays) to help with issues I have faced as a cat owner.
If you’re wondering if Feliway will work for your stressed, sick, poorly behaved cat… continue reading below to get my full, in-depth review of the Comfort Zone with Feliway products I currently use to make my cat’s life better.
I adopted my cat, OJ (yes, that’s short for Orange Juice), from a rescue back in 2016. He had belonged to a feral cat colony, but was rescued because he was being bullied by other cats.
When I first brought him home, he was terrified.
He hid for the first 24 hours he was at my place. He didn’t come out at all until he finally got hungry nearly 48 hours later.
Because OJ had not been properly socialized as a kitten, he was not very friendly. He wasn’t mean at all. Just extremely shy.
Overall, he did not care very much for humans, except during feeding times and the occasional back scratch.
Even then, he became frightened very easily and would run away if I made any sudden movements.
A Natural Treatment for Feline Anxiety
I wanted OJ to have a good life with me. (And let’s be honest, I also wanted him to want to snuggle me!)
So I looked into ways of treating his anxiety.
I wasn’t very big into the idea of taking him to the vet to get a prescription for anxiety medication.
I was looking for something more natural.
Then I found it! One of the best treatments for cat anxiety… feline F3 facial pheromones, sold most commonly as Feliway.
I was honestly skeptical about using them at first. The concept almost sounded fake – a synthetic product that mimics pheromones to calm down your cat?
But, there were some good reviews online, and even studies that showed the stuff worked.
So I put my feelings aside and picked up a Comfort Zone Diffuser with Feliway (read about the difference between Comfort Zone and Feliway products).
Honestly, I’ve never been so glad to have my skepticism be proven wrong. The difference in OJ’s behaviour was night and day.
After about a week (maybe 10 days), OJ became noticeably more relaxed, snuggly, playful, and generally happier.
Eventually, OJ became comfortable enough with me to no longer need the Comfort Zone or Feliway refills.
But then, in early 2018, he had some serious medical problems. OJ was diagnosed with Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) after he developed a life-threatening urinary blockage.
Luckily, he pulled through (though not without pain and misery for both of us).
But with environmental and dietary changes, he has returned to his happy (if not occasionally annoying) self.
Part of the protocol for treating FLUTD is to create a calm, happy (maybe even zen) environment for him.
And so, I started buying the Comfort Zone with Feliway refills again.
They have continued to be great and I credit them as one of the external reasons he has not had any medical issues since beginning treatment.
Comfort Zone with Feliway Diffuser Review
I have no complaints about the effectiveness of the Comfort Zone diffuser I have used, along with both Comfort Zone and Feliway refills.
The only issue I have had with the diffuser is one that is commonly mentioned in online reviews: the diffuser can get VERY hot and the plastic on the refills can burn (which leaves a nasty chemical smell).
I’m not sure why this happens. Especially since it only happens occasionally (with some batches of refills and not others).
I will upgrade my diffuser to a brand name CEVA Feliway one sometime soon to see if this problem is resolved. [Note: it is recommended that you switch out the diffuser every 6-12 months. I have had mine for longer than this and it seems to work perfectly fine, but your mileage may vary.]
The burning smell is definitely a nuisance, but it does not appear to be dangerous. And really, it’s a small price to pay for the health and happiness of my little guy.
Comfort Zone with Feliway Spray Review
OJ is not a big fan of travelling in the car. He hates being put into his crate and I feel awful doing it.
I picked up some Comfort Zone calming spray to help him relax, before my girlfriend and I went on a roadtrip once. It was honestly incredibly helpful.
I sprayed a towel with it and put it in the bottom of the crate first. Then I lured him in with Temptations Chicken, Catnip, and Cheddar Mix Ups (this was before he became sick. Unfortunately, I cannot feed him these anymore because he is on a strict diet now. But he absolutely adored them).
Finally, I placed another towel (that had been sprayed with Feliway) over the crate. [Note: always cover your kitty’s crate with a towel! It will make her way less anxious.]
He was able to calm down in the car instead of crying for the whole ride, which made the road trip better for all of us!
I’d seriously recommend picking some up if your cat is not a fan of travelling.
The spray is also great for putting on surfaces that he scratches.
OJ has occasionally taken to scratching the sofa in my living room. I simply spray the Feliway on the leg of the sofa and he stops within minutes.
It does need to be reapplied regularly, but in between sprays you can also work on behavioural training to stop your kitty from scratching.
The only issue I have had with the Comfort Zone spray is that it does have a fairly strong chemical smell when it is first sprayed. For this reason, I recommend covering your nose/mouth while you spray it.
Fortunately, the smell airs out fairly quickly and then fades away.
Multicat Households Products Review
I have not yet tried the Feliway or Comfort Zone Multicat Household products.
However, I may be moving in with a friend soon who also owns a cat.
Because of how great the other pheromone products have worked for OJ, I will likely buy one or two of these for the new apartment so both OJ and Fiona (my friend’s cat) feel happy to be together.
Overall, I would strongly recommend cat pheromone products for any cat owner who is having concerns about their kitty’s health and/or behaviour.
I personally use the Comfort Zone line of products as they are cheaper (I’m a student, so money can be tight!) and have been equally effective in treating OJ’s issues.
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