Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Keeping Calm in the House

Six years ago was the first time I'd ever had more than one cat in 25+ years. I knew my previous cat, Praline, would get stressed during thunderstorms, but I had no idea of the possible stress of two personalities at one time. I was told about a diffuser that would keep cats calm.
Truffle and Brulee sniffing the Comfort Zone with Feliway diffuser
Truffle and Brulee checking out the Comfort Zone Plugin

I'd heard about Feliway from my cat blogging friends. I had no idea what this was, but thought it was worth a try when Truffle would become anxious during a thunderstorm, fireworks, or with her sister. I found the Comfort Zone® with Feliway® at Chewy.com and decided to try it with the girls. It was very simple to use. Just open the package and screw the Comfort Zone into the diffuser and plug in. There is no odor. I have one plugged in my hallway because it's the center of the house where it can have the most effect. I plan on using another one in the living room because that's where Truffle tends to get a little aggressive with Brulee at times. I was even more impressed when I went to our Cat Friendly Practice veterinarian and they had Feliway products in the cats-only examination rooms. I also use the Comfort Zone with Feliway Cat Spray in their carriers when we are traveling to help with the stress level. There is also the Comfort Zone with Feliway with Multicat Diffuser Kit that helps reduce tension and conflict in multicat homes.

Brulee and Comfort Zone
Brulee presenting the Comfort Zone with Feliway diffuser

Comfort Zone with Feliway

What is Comfort Zone with Feliway and What Is It's Purpose?

So many times, cats are dropped off into shelters because of destructive behaviors such as urine marking, scratching furniture, aggressiveness, or a lack of appetite. These behaviors can sometimes be due to a change in the environment such as a new pet, visitors, rearranging the furniture, or moving into a new home. I believe a lot of these behaviors can be curbed or stopped if people try the Comfort Zone with Feliway. These products help control destructive urine marking and scratching associated with fear or stressful situations if used appropriately in the right locations and the correct amount of diffusers throughout the house.

Pheromones

Pheromones are natural chemicals that cats use to communicate with each other. When a cat rubs her face on an object or you, she is releasing a pheromone to signal the object is familiar and safe. The Diffuser works by using a heating element to disperse the pheromone into the air. When the pheromone is released, the pet breathes it in to a receptive organ, called the vomeronasal organ located in the nasal cavity. This organ signals the brain, through nerves, and a sense of well-being is established.

Key Benefits
  • One bottle lasts four weeks and treats 500-650 square feet
  • Non-toxic, drug-free, and odorless vapor
  • Reduces or completely stops stress-related behaviors such as scratching, spraying, and more
  • Helps to comfort cats in stressful situations
  • Comfort Zone products with Feliway are clinically proven to help reduce vertical scratching and urine spraying in 9 out of 10 cats in 28 days






Availability

All Comfort Zone products with Feliway are available at Chewy.com. Prices range from $13.40 - 22.13 for a one-month supply. Refills are available for the diffuser. 

We strongly recommend purchasing the Comfort Zone products when you purchase your additional cat supplies because Chewy.com offers free 2-day shipping when your total is $49+. The customer service at Chewy.com is excellent!

22 comments:

  1. We use Comfort Zone feliway all the time. We have 6 plugins all over the house.

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  2. Although we don't need these right now, we really should have a few on hand, just in case.

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  3. I love that first picture of the girls checking out the new thing :)

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  4. Great review. We use these, they do help.

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  5. We have 6 of those at our place too!

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  6. We have 1 at a time but it makes a difference. Iza and Ayla get a bit more hissy when it runs out. But we normally get alonh OK even without one. But, yeah, having one is SOME better for the sisters. I don't need it. ~ Marley

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  7. We tried Feliway Diffuser to help Angel Loupi and Zorro to go along : it didn't work at all. Years later, Claire think that Feliway Spray AND some environment adjustment would have worked much better in this case. Purrs

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  8. I'm going to recommend this to my mom. She has been fostering a cat while a relative moved. The cat has adjusted very well to living as a single pet, but she is due to go back to a multi dog, multi cat household. The diffuser might help ease some of the stress.

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  9. Hi pretty ladies! This is something I think Mom's friend could use for her kitty that has been real stressed due to his home udergoing a remodel. I purr-sonally don't get worried during thunderstorms, fireworks, when Mom vacuums or around other loud noises. The D-O-G stresses though when she hears the vacuum or sees a broom. I wonder if there is a doggie version of the plugin you mention. If so maybe I'll paw one in her holiday stocking. -Valentine (& Mom) of Noir Kitty Mews

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  10. Our mom used this when I first moved in. Lexy and I didn't get along at ALL, and this helped us a lot.

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  11. I think our vet uses this in the office. They see both cats and dogs so maybe they have both versions?

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  12. These are definitely a great thing to try; absolutely harmless and should help. I don't know if it always works for everything but it is on top of my list for things to try when I want to calm my dog(s). It's Adaptil for dogs.

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  13. It's such a good feeling when you can find a product that is safe, vet-approved, and solves a problem for your furry friends. It sounds like Comfort Zone is that kind of product! Thanks for sharing. Doodle kisses to Truffle and Brulee!

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  14. I may have to look into this for Jasmine! She has calmed down a lot since the foster cats got adopted, but you can tell she's still worried that they may lurking in the house somewhere... poor girl. They were nothing but nice to her, but she just didn't trust them for some reason. Maybe this would help her truly relax a bit easier.

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  15. I have cat sitting clients that use the diffusers successfully. I told another client about them recently. So much better than medicating them! Glad they're working well for your girls!

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  16. Interesting post, I do not have cats but am always happy to see that there are solutions to help the stressful cats and only wish in my day, when I did these products would have been available

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  17. Great post. I often recommend this product and the one for the dogs. I actually use the dog one the first night of group class. :)

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  18. I like the convenience of a plugin to help ease stress in the house. And always a fan of non toxic products. I'll have to remember this for the future.

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  19. An amazing product! I don't diffuse essential oils in our practice because cats come in and out and are very sensitive. This may be a great alternative for kitties. More, my friend is a cat behaviorist and I will tell her about this product.

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  20. I don't know when this Comfort Zone diffuser was invented, but I wish it had been around and/or that I had known about this product when I had my two cats. We moved several times and this diffuser would have been a huge help as they would adjust to their new environment. I remember watching them rub their heads along various walls and boxes and furniture and I always felt for them. I'm glad I know about this product now for future reference! Thank you.

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  21. We swear by Feliway is stressful periods! It's the best this we have found (and we trust it!!)

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  22. What an awesome product idea! I hadn't heard of it before, but it seems like a super simple solution to stress with cats. I wonder if there is a similar product that would work for dogs too. I'll have to keep my eyes out!
    -Jessica from Beagles & Bargains

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