When a cat feels safe and comfortable in its environment, it rubs its head against the furniture, the corners of walls or the bottom of the curtains, leaving a substance called the facial pheromone see figure 1. This pheromone is specific to cats and conveys a message of security, reassurance and well-being. The posture adopted for urine spraying is shown in figure 2.
Feliway, the feline relaxation pheromone is the first natural solution to fear related problems in cats caused by changes in their environment. Feliway for cats is highly effective in preventing and stopping behavioural problems such as urine marking, scratching or problems associated with transportation. Feliway provides a feeling of security for cats in an unfamiliar environment or challenging situation, undesirable fear related behaviours and marking problems can be resolved naturally.
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Pets thrive with routine. Some are so sensitive, that even the smallest deviation brings about a host of unwanted behaviors. Big things like moving into a new house or bringing home a new baby, construction work outside your house and heading back to school can cause your pet to act out. To deal with these kinds of behaviors, or for separation anxiety, pet parents have been using pet pheromone products.
Feliway For Cats is available as a plug-in diffuser or spray bottle that releases a natural comforting facial pheromone produced by cats. For simple at-home use, simply plug in Feliway for Cats into an electrical socket for around-the-clock control. The spray can be used on your cat's bedding or scratch post.
First things first! Some of you might be wondering what the heck Feliway is! Pheromones are chemicals that many animals use to communicate — and in cats, these chemicals are quite important!
Cats are great companionsbut they're also stubborn and some of their behaviors can be troublesome to your household. If you're trying to break your feline friends of bad habits like marking, fighting, or scratching, a product like Feliway may be able to help. The real question, though, is does it really work?
Cats naturally emit these pheromones. They are used to mark their territory as safe and secure by rubbing the side of their face against against furniture, or even against you. When a cat smells a pheromone emitted by its own species, it triggers a natural response from her endocrine system which then releases calming chemicals. Products containing these artificial pheromones 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.
Pheromones are volatile compounds released into the environment through body secretions and perceived by members of the same species, in which they trigger a behavioral or hormonal response, or modulate endocrine states and development 1. Initially described in insects, subsequently they have been detected and investigated in mammals 2. Although anatomical evidence for a specialized pheromone system in humans is still matter of debate, a VNO is present in our species 3and a putative pheromone receptor gene is expressed directly in the human olfactory mucosa 4.