Pros: Fighting, stressed out, peeing cats, it all stops with Feliway!
Cons: Not cheap, but if you research, you can get it cheaper
The Feliway plug in diffusers work like a miracle. I was very skeptical about all this and especially because they are not cheap. There are imposters out there but I wouldn't use any but Feliway ( I think you can get it in the UK, too but the packaging looks a little different )
I had a very stressed out spayed female cat, who already was getting idiopathic cystitis from stress ( room re-model, new 2nd kitty and a death in the family ).
Then, I ended up bringing in a small feral kitten, ( apparently I am a glutton for punishment ) who was fine initially, but as he grew into a 'teen' , they started fighting.....not horribly so, but enough to cause her aggravation on a regular basis.
She started the inappropriate peeing under the dininng room table.....and they were 'arguing' all the time.....the vet suggested FELIWAY plugins....In a matter of ONE DAY all the chaos STOPPED.
This is not a drug, but apparently is a analog pheromone that the mother cat emits during nursing, and it reminds them of their intiial well being as a kitten. And CALMS THEM RIGHT DOWN.
There is no smell, no odor , no staining and is safe for all ......I keep two or three of them going all the time in my small house......one in the bathroom we had converted to the litter box room, and then one or two in the living room and kitchen.
Now, recently, I had some inappropriate peeing problems with the now-grown up male kitty, who started peeing ( marking actually ) under the good 'ol dining room table..... ( my vet says, that although he is neutered, he can still smell the cats outside in the back yard at night during 'queening season,' spring )
At his suggestion, after spraying the Nature's Miracle for Cats and letting it dry. for four hours....I got the Feliway SPRAY in the bottle, sprayed over EVERY INCH of the two carpets he is peeing on......and once again, MIRACLE ! He stopped peeing.
Now, mind you, apparently I have to do this Feliway rug-spraying every 12 hours or at least DAILY, or rather NIGHTLY, which is when he does this, in response to the random neighborhood cats doing their thing in our backyard . I MISSED a night and he PEED AGAIN ! Hopefully, per my vet, this whole 'queening season' won't last long and we can go back to normal, but this FELIWAY SPRAY directly on the pee-rugs, covering every INCH, makes him stop.
The principle on this is something like, they don't pee where they would be nursing ? I am not sure but I am not asking any questions, it works !
The local retail stores have this but its TWICE as expensive than if you go to Amazon or to Drs. Foster and Smith Pet Catalogue on line. I buy a bunch when its on sale, then I cut out the manufacturers coupons , usually $5 off , and send them to Fosters...they set up a credit account, then when the stuff goes on sale, I buy some. I have never seen anything like this and I know people are totally skeptical but it works in most cases.
3/29/14 UPDATE: I stopped spraying the Feliway under the dining room table for about 14 days now and my boy hasn't peed anymore, so apprently the outside cats mating season has moved on ! All is well ! ( fingers crossed !)
4/2/14 Another update: I understand that there are actually TWO BRANDS of this: Feliway Brand itself and Comfort Zone with Feliway. I have only used the Comfort Zone with Feliway in it. I researched and both brands have the same 10% of the analog pheromones, its just the carrying agents and suspensions that differ and are proprietary to each manufactuer.
8/20/14 Another update: Before the random peeing stopped by using the spray ( see above ) I had used the diffusers to stop the fighting that had ensued when I brought a baby stray into my house, with my older tuxedo.
Time has gone on, and my two cats ( neutered male and spayed female ) were doing very well, sleeping side by side, hanging out together, 24 / 7 , no problems......so, I decided, that they had been getting along quite well after two years of Feliway plug ins in three areas of the house ( cat box area, bedroom and living room ). So, for a week, I just let the the diffusers run out to see what would happen.
There was no peeing, but much to my surprise, in a short three or four days, it went from all quiet to hissing, howling and fighting to a scenario where my little orange male bully was harassing my female tuxedo in the litter box !!
Then he was trying to block her from even GOING into the litter box area ! After that, he harrassed her and chased her to the point, that he had this 11- year old matron kitty cornered up underneath the LINING of my bed! OMG ! I had to separate them when I left the house just to even run an errand.
I quick ran to the computer, ordered fast delivery on Amazon and today, plugged Feliway diffusers all back in again, ( I buy them six in a box and its about $11 apiece as opposed to $25-30 apiece in the retail stores locally) . And in two hours, I went into my bedroom and saw them sleeping, side by side. It has been about 8 hours now, no fighting, no yowling, no nothing.....again.
Yes, folks, you can actually have FULL ON CAT CHAOS....and if you plug in those diffusers in, I have no idea how they work, but let me tell you, before you throw in the towel, TRY THEM.
I couldn't believe my eyes how BAD it got without them. And in less than a WEEK.
That little orange one of mine is a sweetie to me, but wants to rough play all the time ( he is part siamese ) and my other kitty is much older and persian mix and wants peace and quiet. Picture a rough teenage boy kitty, all adrenaline, with a 60+ matronly kitty who just likes to sleep in the sun. We have two huge cat trees and all kinds of toys for him, but he is still a little trouble maker...not mean, but rambunctious.
Not a great match, indeed, but I took him in at 3 weeks old and saved his life. What can I do? I love them both and he is now four and is a good kitty, with the Feliway plug ins.
They should only make them for humans !