Feliway is a synthetic scent hormone that calms cats
Pheromones are chemical signals which are widely used for animal communication. When emitted by one individual, pheromones are then detected by other individuals from the same species. The messages conveyed by the pheromones affect behavior.
In addition to sending a message to other individuals, pheromones are also a reminder for the emitting animal. For example, a cat rubbing its face on its environment indicates that he "owns" this territory to other cats, and it is also a message to himself for later on.
Different body structures secrete pheromones (which are different from hormones), associated with different functions, such as territorial pheromones, sexual pheromones, appeasing pheromones, or alarm pheromones.
Diagram of cat pheromone-producing areas:
1. Facial Area. 2. Foot Pads. 3. Mammary region. 4. Perianal area. 5. Urogenital region
Pheromones are detected by a specific organ located in the palate (the vomeronasal organ, VNO) through a specific “pumping” behavior (called “flehmen”) attracting the pheromones from the air into the VNO.
By mimicking the cat's natural facial pheromone, Feliway creates a state of familiarity and security in the cat's local environment. As a result, Feliway can be used to help comfort and reassure cats while they cope with a challenging situation such as moving or traveling. Feliway helps reduce or prevent unwanted behaviors caused by stress.
Feliway is the #1 selling brand for behavior in the world. It is veterinary used and recommended, and clinically proven
What is the pheromone in Feliway® and Feliway® Multi-Cat?
Feliway is a synthetic copy of one of the feline facial pheromones (F3) used by cats to mark their territory boundaries. Sometimes cats that are stressed or in new environments mark their territory with scratching and urine spraying. Feliway is clinically proven* 90% effective in reducing scratching and urine spraying.
Feliway Multi-Cat contains a different synthetic pheromone from the mammary gland area, and cat's produce it after giving birth. This pheromone helps bond the kittens to the mother and helps them feel safe and secure. Feliway Multi-Cat is clinically proven** to help reduce tension and conflict between cats in a home.
Feliway (Comfort Zone) spray and diffusers prevent cats from urinating where they shouldn't. This fantastic new pheromone Feliway spray or diffuser duplicates the smell of a cat's natural scent glands. Cats will not soil anything close to where Feliway has been sprayed.
Containing the synthetic scent hormone, the plug-in diffuser allows the Feliway scent to permeate throughout the environment. Each plug-in will cover an area of 50 to 70 square metres and lasts approximately four weeks. Alterations in the cat's environment such as visits to the vet, moving house, new arrivals, or nervous cats may manifest themselves as a change in behaviour such as urine marking, scratching, loss of appetite and refusal to play and interact. The diffuser helps to restore a feeling of calm in the cat. Early feedback on this product has been very positive, particularly for nervous cats. Read the Feliway Reviews
It's important to continue treatment for 30 days, marking should cease within that time. In extreme cases, however, 'reminder' maintenance sprays may be necessary every 2 to 3 days. If the cat is over 10 years old, spray areas once daily for 45 days or use the Feliway Diffuser for constant coverage. Repeat every 2-3 days for as long as marking continues.
To prevent sexually oriented marking, it's only necessary to spray the soiled areas - which are normally near exits. If you believe a change in the home may initiate marking, you can prevent it by spraying Feliway on furniture, doors and in the corners of rooms as you would if the cat were marking.
To prevent scratching, Feliway should be sprayed once per day on areas of surfaces that could be attractive to the cat (typically surfaces that are fully visible and vertical.)
Feliway can also be used to calm cats in stressful situations. Depending on the problem you want to solve you can use the Feliway Diffuser or Feliway Spray or both.