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#1 Woodland

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 05:11 PM

Our two cats are quite hard work. One of them is very anxious and scratches to try and get in to us a lot overnight which wakes me up. They also fight a lot and scratch at our furniture / belongings.
We recently moved overseas with them so they could be stressed. There are also a lot of cats in our new neighbourhood and one keeps coming in the house which is stressing them out.
Im thinking of trying a FELIWAY diffuser to calm them down.
Has anyone used one before? Did you have success?
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Posted 22 May 2012 - 05:21 PM

We have the Feliway Spray rather than the diffuser, but its the same stuff.

We spray it around inside the house whenever the neighbourhood cats are hanging around and our cats are agitated by it. We have found it works really well and does a pretty good job of settling them/calming them down.

We haven't had any problems with furniture scratching, but that could be caused by stress, and the Feliway is good for stress, so would be worth a try.

Another thing I'd suggest to combat the scratching would be a tall scratching post with a couple of levels. It should encourage them to scratch that and not your furniture, but being up high seems to calm anxious cats too as they are "safe" up there and can see everything going on below them, so it might help!

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Posted 22 May 2012 - 05:29 PM

We tried this after we moved from a house to an apartment and the cats didn't cope with the move/downsize. Unfortunately the spray did nothing at all to help them. They did settle down with time though and are now semi normal, however I do have a few scratches in my new leather couch despite buying them a scratching post.

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Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:00 AM

I have had a lot of experience with Feliway, I would definitely put a diffuser in the room that the cats spend most of their time together.

You would get a better response using the diffuser over the spray, the spray is good for travel with cats and for isolating a problem area (like urine marking) or reinforcing an area where a diffuser is.

Scratching is a territorial behaviour, so if your cat is stressed they will scratch mark. Place a scratching post in the room where your cats are scratching and encourage them to use it, and have Feliway in there was well. Also ensure that the cats who aren't getting along aren't having to share resources, so different litter trays, seperate food and water bowls, seperate bedding and escape routes to get away from each other. Cats don't like living in multi cat households, they tolerate it and share resources because they have to, and in some cases, cats get stressed about it.

I currently have a delightful Burmese who has started urine marking, as well as moving house, so we will use it ongoing to help manage his stress. I have used it a lot as a vet nurse and have had tonnes of positive feedback and success with it.



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Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:53 PM

Thanks for your responses.
Lilacgirl my cats are burmese too! They are brother and sister so get along well 80% of the time but then the other 20% of the time they love to playfight. Its annoying to me as they tear around the place and get so amped up and Im frightened they'll wake up my son.
They are probably anxious as we moved recently (international) and they are also very stressed by other cats coming into the garage and eating their food. I don't know why they allow these strange cats in without a fight? We're saving up for a microchip cat door but in the meantime we put their food away if they're not eating it. They have always helped themselves to their food since kittens so never overeat.
I shut my cats in the double garage overnight and lock the cat door at night so the other cats can't come in. I put out kitty litter for my cats overnight in case they need it.
I'll definitely try the Feliway diffuser in the garage and hope it calms them down. My male burmese is particularly bad and super needy with his scratching on the door at night trying to get in to us. He also bites and pulls on his toe claws like he's trying to pull them out? I googled that and apparently its a sign of anxiety too. So hopefully the Feliway diffuser will help us out.
Thanks again.
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