This post brought to you by Comfort Zone® products. All opinions are 100% mine.
If you’ve been following me on Facebook at all, you know that we got a new dog over the summer. And Toby is very much a puppy, with his over-excitement and wanting to chase everything that moves.
And this does not bode well for our two grandma-age cats who were used to an older docile dog.
Pets can get stressed out when their environment changes, whether it’s a new animal or even just people coming to visit over the holidays. This stress can make an animal misbehave, which ours did. By peeing where they shouldn’t.
When Comfort Zone® products contacted me to do a review, I just couldn’t say no. Not when we were trying to figure out if our cats (that we’ve had for 13 years) should go outdoors or to another home! These products are supposed to reduce the cat’s stress by mimicking their natural pheromones, calming them down and making them feel more comfortable.
Comfort Zone® with Feliway® actually states that these products are 95% effective at reducing scratching and marking, especially when these issues are due to fear or stressful situations. It’s also supposed to be good for keeping the cats comfortable with each other, though ours have spent about ten years together and get along just fine.
The plug-in diffuser continuously releases an odorless vapor that mimics the soothing feline facial pheromone and I needed to plug it in where the cats spend the most time, so I chose to the bathroom as I don’t mind if they lay on the counter there to get away from the dog. (versus say the kitchen counter!)
Within a week or so I began to notice how happy one of our cats was while in there. She would purr constantly and I found her in there more often than not. The problem came later when she began to get locked in the room by accident, she began to pee on the floor.
Back to square one with her! I’m actually going to look in to purchasing another refill for the diffuser and placing it in the same room as her litter box to see if that helps.
The other cat, at this point, has stopped peeing on our leather chair. Yes – a LEATHER chair. She almost got tossed out to the pole barn!
It’s also been very interesting to me to watch how an animal interacts with pheromones, since I spend so much time reading about human hormones and how we might react to human pheromones. (chemical scents, sterilization, and hormone treatments can change our pheromones!)
Comfort Zone® with Feliway® for cats is available in a plug-in diffuser or as a spray for use in the home or during travel and it’s recommended to use it for about 90 days to see the full effects. If your cat or dog is experiencing a medical issue, consult with your veterinarian before using Comfort Zone® products. (we made a call to our vet just before I received this and we decided it was a stress issue and not a medical one)
You can find these products at pet specialty stores including PetSmart and Petco, independent pet stores and online and learn more by visiting www.petcomfortzone.com or on the Comfort Zone® products Facebook page.
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