Q: Has anyone used Feliway?
I've adopted a cat, Morgan about 10 weeks ago. He's finally came out of his shell and ventures out into other areas of the house especially the living room. He's been coming out now for almost 2 weeks. I have 4 other cats and 2 of them don't like them so much especially my female, Honey. Just less than a week ago Morgan urinated on my couch. I was so upset and still am about the whole thing! So far this week he's urinated 6 times on my couch so I took him to the vet today to see if maybe it was a bladder infection(at least thats what I was hoping). Well the tests results came back normal, he's okay, which makes me happy, but now it's a behavorial issue which I never had to deal with before. My cat Honey this past week has been terrorizing him and I think she is the reason then why Morgan is urinating on the couch. I think he is too scared to go into the other room and use his cat box. I have 2 others that are closer, but I don't think he is comfortable using them. So the vet suggested Feliway diffuser, so I bought it because I have no idea what else to do, but to give back Morgan to the rescue. So has anyone ever used this product? If this doesn't work to calm the household down I have no clue what else I am going to do.
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Jan 08, 2010
I strongly recommed the Comfort Zone diffuser with feliway. You need to place it near the area of concern. The best price I have found recently is at:
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Jan 01, 2010
You got a lot of good suggestions here. Let me add some. I have used Feliway in the spray form when one of my cats was peeing on the curtains in my bedroom. You do have to use an enzyme cleaner first to get rid of the urine smell or they will go back. Then after you have cleaned you need to use Feliway for about two weeks for it really to take effect.
Plus your new kitty is probably scared, since he has not been received too well by the other cats. I had the same problem. I have all males . Got first two, 10 years ago and then the next year got a new one and three years ago another. They do not always get along. My Buddy, who is the youngest, pesters the others and they don't care for him. But that's the way it is sometimes. If you can make sure each cat has a place it can be alone when it wants, and have enough litter pans for each cat + one, plus toys and cat beds so there is no fighting. Plus pay attention to EACH cat so one one feels left out. Keep a litter pan near the area where your new kitty is marking and hopefully he will start using it. This may not resolve itself overnight. It may take time. I had one cat who was peeing in the basement and I couldn't figure out why and the vet told me to put a litter pan where the soiling was happening and it worked. That was a year ago.
Good luck. Please try all you can to give your new kitty a chance. I know he is scared, but he needs your love and understanding. Believe me, I know it is frustrating but hopfully you can help your new one and keep your sanity, too.
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Jan 01, 2010
I have the same problem with one of my cats. I've tried the feliway, cat attract additve for the litter, adding litter boxes, cleaning litter more frequently, anti-anxiety meds and have had no success with anything. People have reported tha feliway does work. My Vetrinarian recomends it. It just doesn't work in every situation. You will need to buy an enzyme cleaner to get the smell of urine out of your couch. If the mell remains, the cat will continue to go there. Good luck!
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Jan 01, 2010
apparently you've done your homework pretty well already!
the Comfort Zone stuff you're talking about comes in both a diffuser and in a spray form. when we moved i tried a product made by a different brand that was similar to the spray, but...well, i used it preemptively rather than to fix a preexisting problem, so i can't be sure what, if any, effect it had. one of my kitties did have some litter box non-use issues after moving, but that problem was solved with the addition of one more litter box and (temporarily) using Dr. Elsey's Cat Attract Litter. you might want to give that stuff a shot. the litter isn't especially expensive. i know that cats are creatures of habit, but switching to this litter without any transition didn't even phase my guys, so i can only assume that it must be quite appealing to cats. additionally, inside each bag, there's a great booklet full of other ideas to help solve your kitty's litter box non-use problems. you can see the booklet on their site:
or if you don't want to change litters, they also make a Cat Attract litter additive that you can sprinkle into their regular litter, though i've never tried it and can't really give an opinion on it.
and while it's a little late for your kitty, i wonder if the shelter you adopted from is familiar with these:
it kind of sounds like your new kitty is trying to put his scent on something...to establish himself in a new place. these "Hide, Perch & Go Habitats" seem like a brilliant idea. it's something familiar that will go into the new home with the adopted cat, with the cat's smell already all over it. it's a safe haven. if the shelter doesn't have these, they may want to get in touch with the Animal Rescue Site to see how they might get in on this program.
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