How to Use Feliway

How you use Feliway will depend on the situation your cat is faced with and/or the behaviour he or she is exhibiting. Further details about using Feliway to help cats face common challenging situations or showing obvious symptoms of stress are listed below.

In addition, specific advice about which presentation is the most appropriate and more general advice on using both Feliway Spray and the Feliway Diffuser are also included. Should you have any further queries please contact us.

Urine Marking

Feliway® is proven to help reduce stress related behavioural problems such as spraying. Clinical trials show a reduction in urine spraying in up to 91% of households.

To reduce or prevent urine marking, firstly avoid cleaning marked areas with products that contain ammonia or bleach as cats are extremely sensitive to strong smells. Use water, surgical alcohol or an odourless solution to treat the soiled area.

Plug the Feliway® Diffuser into the room where the marking has taken place. If the cat marks several rooms, you may wish to place another diffuser in one of the other rooms.

Leave the diffuser switched on continuously for at least 4 weeks. Replace the refill as required.

The Feliway® Spray can be used in addition to the diffuser to treat a particular area where marking persists.

In such cases, clean the marked area and allow to dry. Then apply the spray daily, to both the site and nearby prominent objects.

Stop site treatment when the cat marks the area with his or her own facial pheromone (is seen to rub the site with his or her head).

Vertical Scratching

Feliway® is proven to help reduce stress related behavioural problems such as scratching. Clinical trials show a reduction in scratch marking behaviours in up to 96% of households.

Spray 6 doses of Feliway® Spray to the scratched area once a day.

Apply for at least a month. Stop when the cat marks the site with his or her own facial pheromones (is seen to rub the site with his or her head).

Most importantly, provide an alternative scratching post nearby.

Multicat households

To reduce stress in a multicat household plug the Feliway® Diffuser in the room where the cat(s) display(s) signs of distress or discomfort.

Leave the diffuser plugged in continuously for at least four weeks. Replace the refill as required.

Make sure that each cat has its own place to sleep, eat and go to the toilet in peace, as well as a safe hiding place.

Following a disruption to the cats' environment (redecoration, visitors, new pets, new baby)

Plug the diffuser into the room in which the cat(s) display(s) signs of distress or discomfort.

Leave it plugged in continuously for four weeks or untill the problem subsides. Replace refill as required.

To help a cat settle in a new environment (after moving house, during kitten socialisation, following adoption)

Plug a Diffuser into the room in which the cat(s) display(s) signs of distress or discomfort.

Leave it plugged in continuously for four weeks. Replace refill as required.

Top five tips for moving house with your cat – by Vicky Halls, Pet Behaviour Counsellor

To help your house move go smoothly, follow these top tips:

1. On the day of the move, shut your cat or cats into one room that has been cleared, leaving food, bedding, a litter tray, one piece of furniture in / under which he/she can hide and the travel box. Make sure that the removal team knows that the door to the room must be kept shut to avoid him/her going missing at the last moment

2. If you have access to the property before the removal van arrives it is helpful to plug in a Feliway Diffuser to make your cat feel more comfortable when he/she arrives

3. Try to unload one room first. Here the cat can be shut to rest and recover from the car journey while you sort out the rest of the house

4. When you first allow your cat outside, it is best to choose a weekend when you are at home and let him/her out just before meal time

5. Ensure your cat is micro-chipped in case he/she gets lost

For transportation or during a stay in a cattery

Apply Feliway® Spray directly into carrier or pen 15 minutes before introducing the cat (one spray in each of the four corners, two sprays on the floor and 2 sprays on the ceiling).

Re-apply before each journey or daily during the cats' stay in the cattery.

If using Feliway® Spray in the cattery always allow 15 minutes before allowing the cat back into the area.

During fireworks

Remember, remember your pets in November

During fireworks it is important to keep your cat(s) inside and block cat flaps. However, this may cause your cats further stress, especially in multi-cat households. Recent research has shown that 80% of pets become fearful during fireworks with 65% of cats hiding.

Plug the Feliway® Diffuser in the room where the cat(s) rest(s) or retreat(s).

Leave it plugged in continuously for four weeks or as long as the situation lasts. Replace the refill as required, up to 5 refills can be used with each unit.

For more information on preparing your cat for fireworks please visit www.petfireworkfear.co.uk

Feliway® Spray

General advice to consider when using Feliway® Spray

When using the Feliway® Spray you must keep in mind the problem you are trying to reduce or prevent.

If your cat is urine spraying:

  • First consult a veterinary surgeon to confirm that your cat's problem is not of a clinical origin.
  • Then after removing the cat from the room, clean the areas marked with urine using either a mixture of water and surgical spirits or a warm dilute solution of non-biological washing powder.
  • Never use strong smelling disinfectants, bleach, biological washing powder, detergents or deodorisers to clean the affected areas. They may interfere with the action of Feliway® and the strong smell may upset your cat further.
  • Shake the bottle and apply the spray daily for at least 30 days. Do not stop when you notice improvement.
  • Wait 15 minutes before letting the cat re-enter the area to allow time for the alcohol carrier in Feliway® to evaporate off.
  • If you need to apply Feliway® to electrical equipment, switch off the appliance, allow it to cool down and then ensure it is completely dry before switching it on again.
  • To prevent new furniture, freshly painted walls or other objects becoming the target of urine spraying activity, spray daily for the first 2 weeks or until the cat is seen to rub his/her head against the object.
  • Remember, Feliway® does not cover or mask bad smells.
If your cat is scratch marking:
  • Remove the cat from the room
  • Shake the bottle and apply the spray to the marked area daily for at least 30 days. Do not stop when you notice improvement.
  • Wait 15 minutes before letting the cat re-enter the area to allow time for the alcohol carrier in Feliway® to evaporate off.
  • To prevent new furniture, freshly painted walls or other objects becoming the target of scratch marking activity, spray daily for the first 2 weeks or until the cat is seen to rub his/her head against the object.
Never punish your cat for urine or scratch marking as this will only increase their level of distress and will not reduce the problem, but may make it worse.

If your cat lives in a mulit-cat household:
  • Use as above but extend period of use to at least 45 days and increase the frequency of application to twice daily.
  • Consider using a Feliway® Diffuser to reduce the overall stress levels of all your cats.
To give more general reassurance:
  • Apply Feliway® Spray to the doorways, cat-flap, windows sills and to other prominent objects within your home.
  • Shake the bottle and spray at a height of about 20 cm from the floor.
  • Wait 15 minutes before letting the cat re-enter the area to allow time for the alcohol carrier in Feliway® to evaporate off.
Feliway® should not stain furnishings but it is recommended to test on a sample before use.

General advice to consider when using the Feliway® Diffuser

When using the Feliway® Diffuser:

  • Remove the vial cap
  • Screw the diffuser onto the vial and gently tighten
  • Plug the diffuser into an electric socket
  • Do not plug in behind a door, curtain or underneath furniture
  • Leave the device switched on continuously for at least four weeks
  • Replace the refill as required
Always consult your veterinary surgeon if your cat is showing signs of stress. Your cat's problem may be of a clinical origin and may require further treatment.

The device and the refill are specially designed for the Feliway® Diffuser. The product cannot be guaranteed if a different device is used with the refill. Similarly, the electric device should not be used with another substance.

How to choose between Feliway® Spray and the Feliway® Diffuser?

Depending on the problem you want to solve you can use the Feliway® Diffuser or Feliway® Spray or both.

In the board below, you will find the most appropriate formulation according to your situation:

Situation

Feliway® Spray

Feliway® Diffuser

Comments

Urine marking

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For best results use the Feliway® Diffuser in combination with the Spray

Vertical scratching

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Feliway® Spray should be applied directly to the marked area

The Feliway® Diffuser can also help reduce stress

Hospitalised cats

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Feliway® Spray can be applied directly into the cage

The Feliway® Diffuser is more convenient, but can be effected by ward ventilation systems

Multi-cat household

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The Feliway® Diffuser should be used to reduce the general level of stress in all cats

Feliway® Spray can be used in combination with to Diffuser and applied to specific area (doorways, cat flaps etc..)

First aid use to manage stress related problems

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The Feliway® Diffuser is the most convenient formulation

Changes to the cat's environment:

  • new home
  • new arrivals (other pet, baby...)
  • adoption

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The Feliway® Diffuser is the most convenient formulation

Transportation

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