It's a great product! I used it to help cure my anxious cat of her bed-peeing habit, and at my apartment during the time I moved from my apt. into my husband's house, and then at my husband's house to help my cats adjust to their new surroundings, and to help his cat adjust to the changes.
The diffuser lasted us about a month with constant use. After the move, I had my 3 cats shut into the spare bedroom to facilitate introducing them to their new home & DH's cat, and I could tell when the diffuser ran out because my cats started fighting with each other (3 cats confined in a small room can make tempers flare) - I ran to get a refill ASAP!
Originally Posted by martinigirl
I was wondering about Feliway ... is it really safe to use? I thought I'd read a few posts here referring to it as "mind altering" products and didn't approve of using it.
Is it harmful for the cats? Long term use effects?
I can't find the link I used to have that explains Feliway, so I'll try to explain it the best I can:
Feliway isn't a mind-altering drug. It's a synthetic scent hormone, similar to the scent that cats use to mark territory as 'home'.
When you see a cat bump its forehead, chin, cheeks, or tail against something, it's depositing those comforting scent hormones of its own.
Cats have amazingly sensitive noses, and I've read recently that their Jacobsen's organ (a scent gland located inside the mouth that you see cats using when they hold their mouth open after smelling something interesting) runs directly to their brain, which is thought to explain why cats can respond so strongly to certain odors.
One of my otherwise very friendly cats goes absolutely ballistic when he smells any other cats on the vet or his equipment - I'm guessing because the other cat smelled stressed? It makes sense then that a calming scent would have an equally dramatic calming effect, making an unfamiliar area, or an area affected by strange smells or the odor of stress, smell comforting and calm to the cat.
Now that you've brought this up, I think I'll try bringing some Feliway spray with me on our next vet visit, and ask the vet if I can spray it around to see if it helps keep my boy from getting upset.