If you’ve ever had a cat with behavior problems, whether it’s territorial aggression, urinary marking, or simply a stressful trip to the vet’s, you may have been told to try Comfort Zone with Feliway® to help your kitty calm down.
Comfort Zone with Feliway® is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone, used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure. By mimicking the cat’s natural facial pheromones, 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 and help prevent or reduce the stress caused by a change in their environment.
The product comes as a diffuser and as a spray. I’ve used both for many years. When the product first came out, I managed a veterinary hospital, and we used the spray on the inside of cages to help make a hospital stay a little bit less stressful for cats. I’ve used the diffusers each time I introduced a new cat to my home. All of my introductions have gone off without any major problems. Was it the Comfort Zone with Feliway®, or was I just lucky? I guess I have no way of knowing for sure, but I liked having the extra assurance that I was doing something to help keep things calm.
I recommend Comfort Zone with Feliway® to my clients and readers as a first line of defense for behavioral problems, and I’ve received mostly positive feedback. Since most of my clients use other modalities at the same time, I can’t say for sure whether the Comfort Zone with Feliway® itself did the trick, but I believe that it definitely helped. According to research conducted by Ceva, the maker of Feliway®, 86% of cats respond to Feliway®.
My most dramatic experience with the product happened while I was still running the animal hospital. One of our office cats, a brown tabby with the uninspired name of Mr. Kitty, was not the most friendly cat – at least, not to me. He was grumpy, and he would bat and swat at me if I tried to do anything he didn’t like, such as pulling out papers I needed from underneath him while he had parked himself on my desk, or sitting on top of the copier when I needed to run off a copy. While it was kind of funny when he first started doing it, it was getting old very quickly. At that time, the diffuser version of the product had just come on the market, so I decided to give it a try to see if it would improve his disposition (and make my life easier!). Almost overnight, Mr. Kitty turned from Mr. Grumpy into Mr. Friendly – it was quite the transformation. Ever since then, I’ve been convinced that this product works.
One lucky reader will get a chance to win one Comfort Zone with Feliway® diffuser (retail value: $44.95). To enter the giveaway, let me know in a comment why you’d like to win the diffuser. Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter and leave the link in a separate comment for an additional chance to win. This giveaway ends Thursday, September 29.
For more information about Comfort Zone with Feliway®, please visit their website.